RIS Executive News Brief - January 3, 2006

Pep Boys Speeds Checkout and Reduces Costs with 360Commerce
As part of a technology overhaul designed to get the company running on all cylinders, Pep Boys completes a chain-wide rollout of the 360Commerce product suite, including its Point-of-Sale application. The entire project was completed in 12 months and was rolled out in the summer of 2005. Since the completion of the project, Pep Boys is reporting a lower total cost of ownership, increased flexibility and scalability to address its rapidly changing business requirements, in addition to the ability to provide an enhanced customer experience inside the store.

Kroger Selects OATSystems for RFID Cold Chain Pilot
Kroger selects OATSystems to provide middleware software to pilot an RFID-based solution designed to track location of case-ready meat products through its supply chain.

Burlington Coat Factory Implements Iasta e-Sourcing Technology
Burlington Coat Factory signs a software agreement to utilize Iasta sourcing technology.

Vermont Country Store Connects Channels with CommercialWare
The Vermont Country Store chooses CommercialWare as the solution for its infrastructure operations across its catalogue, retail stores and Web site.

Teradata Ships Enterprise Intelligence Data Warehouse
Teradata ships Teradata Warehouse 8.1 with new capabilities designed to simplify the building and management of the next generation of active data warehouses.

ProClarity Analytics 6.1 Available For Customers Worldwide
ProClarity announces general availability of ProClarity 6.1, the latest version of ProClarity Analytics 6.

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Vendor Viewpoint
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The Total Cost of Ownership for Point-of-Sale and PC Cash Drawer, presented by IDC. Point-of-Sale solution or a PC Cash Drawer: Which will cost you more? IBM presents: "The Total Cost of Ownership for Point-of-Sale and PC Cash Drawer." This Webcast is designed to help retailers understand the differences in total costs between POS and PC Cash Drawer systems. Click here to attend the Webcast at your convenience. Sponsored by IBM.

Industry White Papers
The Journey to Enablement
A key to winning in today's competitive climate is the need for "accelerated differentiation." This paper presents the competitive drivers that are forcing companies to operate more agilely than ever before, the technology solutions supporting companies today and the path that demand chain companies need to take to succeed tomorrow.
Click here to download. Sponsored by JDA.

InTouch with Retailing
Demanding Relentless Cost Reduction from Your Services Partner
By Austen Mulinder, president & CEO, Fujitsu Transaction Solutions
Retailers today are constantly challenged to do more with less. CEOs continue to challenge CIOs to invest in innovative technologies to improve the company'scompetitive position, while CFOs are demanding CIOs to reduce IT expenses. One way to achieve this is by radically transforming the maintenance service delivery model. Many leading retailers are already doing this and have realized annual cost savings as much as 50 percent. Click here for full story.

Executive Intelligence
Gaining Perspective
What the EPC Gen 2 RFID Standard Means for Retailers
By Matt Ream, senior director RFID Systems, Zebra Technologies

There is plenty of hype surrounding the EPCglobal Gen 2 standard, but it is no exaggeration to say it is the most significant development to impact radio frequency identification (RFID) adoption in the retail industry. The hype comes in during discussions as to just how much impact the standard will have. Sometimes perspective gets lost in the hype. The most important aspect of Gen 2 for retailers is that it represents a secure foundation on which to build RFID efforts. It provides the platform, performance and investment protection retailers need to introduce RFID into their operations and to coordinate initiatives with supply chain partners.


Unilever Transforms Procurement Services with IBM
Unilever North America partners with IBM to transform and manage strategic sourcing and procurement operations of indirect materials and services.

VF Chooses AT&T for Global Networking
VF Corporation awards AT&T a four-year, $5 million, contract to provide voice and data services to VF locations around the world.

SATO Purchases Checkpoint's Barcode Systems Businesses
SATO purchases Checkpoint Systems' Bar Code Systems (BCS) businesses.

Pinnacle Embeds MicroStrategy's Reporting Technology in EPM
The Pinnacle Corporation embeds MicroStrategy technology into its Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) business intelligence solution.

7-Eleven Owner Buys Millennium Retailing
Seven & I Holdings, owner of 7-Eleven convenience stores in Japan and the United States, says it will pay $1.13 billion to buy department store operator Millennium Retailing.

CSK Auto Purchases Murray's Discount Auto Stores
CSK Auto purchases Murray's and its subsidiaries for approximately $170 million in cash.
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