Celerant Releases Wireless Applications

Celerant Technology Corp., provider of real-time retail management systems, has released wireless applications that are integrated into all channels of its retail management system, Command.
The wireless applications simplify retail operations, allowing previously time-consuming daily procedures to be completed in just a few hours, the company reports.
Celerant Command Retail's wireless applications enable improved inventory and transfer accuracy, and automate numerous operational processes, the company reports. They also improve efficiency in warehouses and distribution centers by minimizing the paperwork and downtime caused by moving merchandise and filling orders.
On the retail sales floor, Celerant's Mobile Point of Sale integrates the functionality of a POS workstation into a handheld wireless device, allowing the user to complete transactions without being tethered to a workstation.
The company also offers several other wireless applications that can be utilized for physical inventory, purchase orders and receiving, transfers, warehouse functions and more.
>> for more information: www.celerant.com

Burlington Coat Factory Implements Reflexis in 15 Weeks
Debenhams Also Implements Solution

Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corp. has successfully implemented the RetailAction task management and store walk solutions from Reflexis Systems Inc.
"Reflexis was able to quickly configure its software to support our business processes, and we are already benefiting from improved productivity, higher task completion and compliance levels, and the ability to monitor key metrics and respond proactively using best retail practices," said Evanne Cuccorelli, vice president of stores, Burlington Coat Factory.
Additionally, the closed-loop system has allowed the company to streamline communication and reduce the volume of corporate-to-store email. The system allows store managers and associates to reduce time spent working on less productive tasks and paperwork, so they can spend more time on the sales floor helping customers and driving increased sales, she added.
London-based department store Debenhams plc has also implemented RetailAction Manager to drive sales and maximize efficiency. The retailer has implemented the solution in more than 140 stores throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.
>> for more information: www.reflexisinc.com

Retail Business Solutions Selects SeeWhy
U.K.-based Retail Business Solutions (RBS) has deployed SeeWhy to power its new real-time software as a service (SaaS) fraud analytics system. The system has been fully integrated with the RBS' Retail-J EPOS platform, making it the first real-time SaaS offering for loss prevention in the retail market, the company reports, adding that it has already signed its first customer, a major high-street fashion retailer.
Citing statistics from the National Retail Federation, RBS reports that insider fraud cost U.S. businesses $41.6 billion in 2006, with employee theft accounting for $19.5 billion of that total.
Working with loss prevention specialist EEL Consulting, RBS and SeeWhy have preconfigured anti-fraud analytics to leverage SeeWhy's event-stream processing and profiling engine.
Information from the Retail-J EPOS platform is analyzed in real time and, by automatically monitoring the EPOS transactions, SeeWhy detects patterns of behavior indicating theft, till abuse and staff and customer fraud, delivering real-time alerts to warn managers of fraudulent activity. This translates directly into significant bottom-line increases, the company reports.

Claraview: Leveraging BI in the Retail Environment
Consulting firm Claraview Inc. has made available a white paper entitled: "Business Intelligence in the Retail Environment: The Top Ten Ways for Retailers to Leverage BI."
The paper is based on Claraview's experience working with retailers, and finds that retailers are leveraging business intelligence for competitive advantage, largely through improving operational efficiencies and understanding customer behavior.
The report highlights the 10 areas of the business where retailers are experiencing the most success with implementing business intelligence: 1) Customer Segmentation; 2) Marketing and Promotions; 3) Inventory Management; 4) Vendor Management; 5) Product Affinity and Basket Analysis; 6) Sales and Category Performance; 7) Store Layout; 8) Store Performance Management; 9) Loss Prevention; and 10) Assortment Planning.
Additionally, the report finds that retailers are not only increasingly analyzing data, but also making the analysis available to more individuals throughout the organization.
>> for more information: www.claraview.com

QL2 Offers New Market Intelligence Services
QL2 Software has introduced four new services designed to help companies drive faster and better business decisions about product and price mix, competitive positioning and consumer opinions and preferences.
QL2's on-demand services are: PriceTrack for guiding competitive pricing and revenue optimization decisions; ProductMix for helping retailers make faster and more informed merchandising decisions: MarketScape, which acts as an "early warning'Ã…¡Ã‚¬ÃƒÆ'"¡Â¬VbCrLf system for competitive and market shifts; and MarketVoice for gathering insight and knowledge about market and consumer perception.
The services feature a dashboard designed to meet the needs of business decision-makers, customizable predefined reporting, and data visualization and graphing functions that allow business users to rapidly analyze and apply intelligence in their jobs.
Market intelligence includes important information on customers, competitors, channels and other business-critical information such as regulatory filings and compliance information. QL2 collects data monthly from 500 million individual data points, from 5,000 unique data sources on the Internet, using five million customer and industry-specific agents.
>> for more information: www.QL2.com

ASi Earns Microsoft Learning Solutions Competency
Advanced Systems Integration Inc. (ASi), a Microsoft Dynamics AX Gold Certified Partner, has earned an additional competency, Learning Solutions.
The competency is designed for Microsoft partners focused on providing high-quality training and learning solutions for Microsoft software to individuals and organizations worldwide.
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