Size of IS shop: 69
Mobile PCs: 128
Hand-held devices: 216
Total screens: 3572
Industry: Wholesale and retail trade
PC environment: Lenovo, Dell, Windows XP, HP
Server environment: IBM, Windows 2000, VMware, AIX
DBMS: DB2, Interbase, SQL
Address: 167 Main North Road, Christchurch
Key IS projects this year: SAP implementation into retail stores, Self checkout deployments, EFTPOS compliance upgrade, eCommerce enablement and GS1net.
Foodstuffs South Island has been the pioneer of self checkout in local supermarkets, with plans for further self-checkout deployments across its fleet of New World and Pak’nSave supermarkets. An Eftpos terminal software and equipment compliance upgrade will be rolled out across the organisation’s 156 New World, Pak’nSave, Four Square and Henry’s Beer, Wine & Spirits stores, to adhere to industry security standards of payments.
ICT operational and project budgets remain unchanged this year, but cost and value of IT will be closely scrutinised. “Through providing the organisation access to data to better manage the business and increase penetration of eCommerce to reduce costs in the supply chain, IT will be used to help achieve business objectives,” comments Phil Wright, general manager IT. To that end, the redevelopment of the eCommerce platform, which is nearing completion, and the increased enablement of eCommerce at retail are considered to be the most significant ICT projects for Foodstuffs South Island in 2010, and will improve business processes for suppliers and store operations through the submission of electronic purchase orders and invoices online.
GS1net enablement with suppliers, as part of an industry initiative to synchronise data surrounding its products, will be a big focus area this year.
Lastly, SAP implementation will continue across Foodstuff’s retail outlets, which will be the main priority this year, while ongoing investments will continue in key technology areas, such as network, infrastructure, wireless, virtualisation and business intelligence.
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