RIS Executive News Brief - June 14, 2005


7-Eleven Leads in Tap-and-Go Payments

7-Eleven rolls out MasterCard PayPass and American Express ExpressPay contactless payment options using radio frequency (RF) technology. The retailer currently has RF readers installed in 170 test-market 7-Eleven stores and expects to roll out the program in its 5,300 U.S. locations by early 2006.

"As the world's largest convenience retailer, it's a natural decision for 7-Eleven to provide consumers with an even more convenient way to pay," says Rick Updyke, vice president of business development for 7-Eleven. "PayPass enhances our customers' shopping experience by offering speed and convenience when paying at 7-Eleven."

Metro Group Enhances Future Store with Texas Instruments
The Metro Group adds Texas Instruments (TI) technology to its Future Store Initiative as part of a move to develop and implement new RFID solutions based on the EPCglobal EPC Generation 2 standard for the retail industry.

Big Y Foods Extends Unicru Contract
Big Y Foods extends its contract for the Unicru Total Workforce Acquisition solution through July 2009.

Citizen Thermal Printer Offers Retailers More Memory
Citizen Systems America releases its CLP-621 thermal transfer bar code printer.

Sato America Introduces XLe Printers for Retail
Sato launches the XLe Series tag and label printers.

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Industry Events
June 23, 2005, 1:00 p.m. -- 2:00 p.m. CT - Retail Technology Trends
Join Lawson and RIS News to review the results of the 15th Annual Retail Technology Trends Study. This major benchmarking study reveals unique insight into the retail competitive landscape by providing hard data from executives on what's new and what's next in real-time retail technology strategies, usage, budgets and applications. Register today for this Webinar at www.lawson.com/webinars.

October 27, 2005
The goal of the forum, hosted by the AIDC 100 at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY, is to help people understand the difference between the lofty expectations and the reality of broad scale use of RFID in the supply chain. For more information and to register visit: www.aidc100.org.

Vendor Viewpoint
Learn how the Symbol MC3000 mobile computer helps boost productivity and enhance enterprise flexibility. Get your FREE MC3000 Mobility Kit today. It includes a buying guide, an application brief, white papers and a Flash demo that contains answers you need to make an informed purchase decision. Click here now.

Learn how Liz Claiborne, Ticketmaster and Kwik Trip implemented Always Available Solutions. Join iAnywhere for a special webcast series featuring case studies of these retailers. Using iAnywhere technology these companies and other retail organizations have empowered their workers to be more efficient, effective and productive. Register today at http://crm.sybase.com/sybase/www/iAS/retail_series_ext3.jsp.

The Alien RFID Academy® is more than just lectures - it's hands-on tagging, application, use case exercises, site-survey workgroups and more. We turn students into RFID experts. Topics include: Physics & Protocols; Tag Placement & Packaging; Configuration & Optimization; System Architecture & Integration; and Site-surveys & Interference. Click here: http://www.alientechnology.com/da

Industry White Papers
Maximizing Retail Store Performance Management
In order to compete and prosper, retailers face a mandate to operate at an optimal level of performance to meet financial and organizational expectations. This mandate is transforming the way retail organizations do business. Click here to download and learn how successful retailers are leveraging technology and actively driving influence to the point of shopper interaction inside the store. Sponsored by Proclarity.

Beyond Business Intelligence: Extracting Value from Data to Drive Customer Loyalty
Typical retail organizations depend on multiple enterprise applications to execute their business processes, including inventory, merchandising, POS and supply chain management applications. Click here to download and learn about how progressive retailers are deploying cutting-edge business performance management processes and technologies to compress data into actionable information. Sponsored by GERS.

Driving Retail Business Performance Through Workforce Management
The retail landscape is changing, and you need a competitive advantage. This exclusive white paper from Kronos explains how retailers can improve productivity and the customer experience by implementing a workforce management solution. It reveals how workforce management can optimize the workforce as a strategic resource and deliver bottom-line results. Click here to download. Sponsored by Kronos.

Executive Intelligence
Personalized Shopping Search: Driving revenue for e-retailers

By Steve Johnson, CEO of ChoiceStream

Over the past few years, search has become a critical component of the e-commerce experience. For online shoppers, a search engine like Yahoo! or Google is often the first stop on a shopping 'trip,' helping them kick off their search for everything from top-of-the-line lawn furniture to the latest electronics. Marketers, in turn, have realized the value of global search engines to their customer acquisition programs and are spending billions on search engine marketing to drive traffic to their sites.


Kimberly-Clark Deploys RFID Software from SAP and OATSystems
Kimberly-Clark deploys standardized interfaces between SAP AII(Auto-ID Infrastructure) and the OAT Foundation Suite.

HUB Selects Retek for Fashion Retail Chains
HUB Distributing, parent company to fashion retailers Anchor Blue and Levi's by MOST outlet stores, purchases Retek merchandising, in-store and business intelligence software solutions.

Teradata Completes SAP Integration Certification
Teradata completes the SAP Business Information Warehouse 3.5 Universal Data Connect (UDC) certification for the integration of its Teradata Driver for the JDBC Interface 3.2.

Ultimate Technology Offers Microsoft Software Platform
Ultimate Technology announces support for the Microsoft Windows Embedded for Point of Service software platform on all Ultimate Technology POS systems products.

Sports Authority Net Income Increases 90.5 percent
The Sports Authority reports that net income for the first quarter ending April 30 was $8 million, up 90.5 percent from $4.2 million.

Williams-Sonoma Revenues Up 12.4 Percent
Williams-Sonoma announces first quarter net revenues of $720.7 million, an increase of 12.4 percent over the $640.9 million recorded in the first quarter of 2004.

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