RIS Executive News Brief - April 11, 2006


Delhaize America Focuses on Pricing and Promotion
Delhaize America partners with DemandTec to focus on pricing and promotion for its 1,500-location grocery chain. Delhaize, the nation's sixth largest grocery chain, purchases DemandTec Price, Promotion and Markdown software.

Wal-Mart Taps Comcast for Communications Services
Wal-Mart customers can receive broadband, digital video and voice services through Comcast in approximately 500 Wal-Mart locations across the Comcast national footprint.

Bed Bath & Beyond Signs Multi-Suite Contract with Lawson
Bed Bath & Beyond licenses Lawson Software's financials and procurement suites to enhance its financial reporting capabilities, streamline purchasing processes and support long-term growth.

Lowe's Selects ADT for Alarm Management
Lowe's installs ADT Sensormatic SmartEAS alarm management system chain-wide to help provide a detailed analysis of anti-theft alarm incidents across its more than 1,225 home improvement stores nationwide.

The NFL Improves Marketing Techniques
The National Football League (NFL) signs an agreement with GSI Commerce to enhance its marketing services for the NFLShop.com Web site.

Avery Dennison Introduces InfoChain Express 3.3
Avery Dennison's InfoChain Express 3.3, a supply chain execution suite, is designed to streamline supply chain operation, help retailers confirm vendor compliance and enable brand owners to speed their shipments to stores.

Fusion Unveils Accounting System Integration
Fusion Software introduces its Accounting System Integration (ASI) for Sage Software's MAS 90.

Hughes Launches Managed Network Services
Hughes Network Systems, a provider of broadband satellite network solutions and services, launches its first offering for the North American enterprise market.

Sage Adds Payroll Services
Sage Software introduces Sage Payroll Services for its Accpac ERP business management system.

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Industry Events
May 21 - 24 Retail Systems 2006
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Vendor Viewpoint
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IBM Anyplace Kiosks at the KioskCom Show
Join IBM at the 10th Annual KioskCom show April 10-12 in Las Vegas, where you'll learn about the innovative IBM Anyplace Kiosks at Virgin Megastores and see other exciting examples IBM kiosk solutions. The Virgin Entertainment Group's story will be presented 11:45AM on Monday, April 10. The IBM Anyplace Kiosk solutions, including an exciting new life care application will be shown in IBM's booth. The IBM Anyplace Kiosk will also be used for show registration and shown in IBM partner booths. Take this opportunity to find out more about the versatility of all-in-one compact kiosk applications and enclosures from IBM. Click on the following link for more information:

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Industry White Papers
Transforming Legacy Systems: What Retailers Need to Know to Pick the Right Path

Retailers large and small are realizing that many of their legacy IT systems, while workable, are inadequate to support the fast-changing needs of today's marketplace. In fact, such systems may actually be a drain on resources, due to rising maintenance costs and the need to maintain out-of-date tools and skill sets. Transforming legacy systems has become a high priority in many retail organizations, with retailers seeking the best ways to gain new functionality along with stability and scalability---all while protecting razor thin profit margins. To learn more about how your retail organization can benefit from legacy transformation initiatives, download Transforming Legacy Systems: What Retailers Need to Know to Pick the Right Path, an executive whitepaper brought to you by RIS News and Cognizant.

Executive Intelligence
Optimizing Markdowns with Intelligent Software
By Jim Dixon, Applied Intelligence Solutions

In retail, markdowns are a fact of life, constituting the one of the largest expenses, second only to inventory. Those in the industry face a constant struggle in determining how much and when to reduce the price of items to maximize revenues while clearing inventory. The challenge surely is a key factor in price/revenue optimization being the second leading application for technology investments by retailers (cited by RIS, Gartner, 15th Annual Retail Technology Study, June 2005).

First generation markdown optimization technology has proven to be beneficial in helping retailers maximize sales and margins by applying "science" to the process. Emerging, next generation optimization technology will provide even better performance.


Colgate Saves with Procurement and Accounts Payable Services

As part of its worldwide efforts to generate global efficiencies, Colgate-Palmolive Company announces a seven-year agreement with IBM to provide procurement services for designated materials and services worldwide and to provide accounts payable services for Europe and North America.


Ventura Foods Optimizes Pricing and Promotion Decisions

Ventura Foods selects SignalDemand, a provider of pricing and promotion optimization solutions for food and consumer goods manufacturers, which will link customer information, market indices and supply constraints to provide decision support to sales and operations for everyday pricing decisions.


Campina Enhances Global Innovation Processes

European dairy company Campina selects Sopheon's Accolade product innovation process and portfolio management system to support the enhancement of its innovation processes.


Blue Agave Teams with VeriSign for RFID Integration
Blue Agave, a provider of software solutions for replenishment and demand management, teams with VeriSign, provider of infrastructure services for the Internet, to promote the benefits of RFID integration.

IBM Opens Research Center to Partners
IBM opens it research center to its business partners through the IBM PartnerWorld Industry Networks (PWIN) program. IBM partners will be able to collaborate with IBM's researchers and industry experts to develop, market and sell products.

RedPrairie and GEOCOMtms Partner for the Long Haul
RedPrairie, a provider of supply chain technology solutions, enters into an OEM reseller agreement with GEOCOMtms, a global provider of fleet management solutions for local pickup and delivery.

Sirit Acquires Assets of SAMSys Technologies
Sirit, a leading provider of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, acquires SAMSys Technologies.

Wal-Mart Appoints New CIO
Wal-Mart announces that Linda Dillman will be relinquishing her role as CIO and accepting the new position of executive vice president of risk management and benefits administration.

Stop & Shop Names New President
Jose Alvarez, executive vice president of supply chain and logistics at Ahold's Stop & Shop/Giant Landover chains, takes over as president/CEO, replacing Marc Smith.

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