Store Front: Sears Races Ahead with JDA Portfolio

Sears Races Ahead with JDA Portfolio
Following the lead of its Craftsman Motorsports drag racing teams, Sears speeds up managment of its growing range of home merchandise, apparel and hard goods that it sells through more than 2,300 Sears-branded and affiliated stores with JDA Portfolio Strategic Merchandise Management including Planning and Forecasting and Business Intelligence applications. Sears also selected the solutions to unify its planning processes and simultaneously perform bottom-up and top-down planning to support its various formats. Combined with the ability to create and manage coherent, finer-grained financial, merchandise, unit, store and space plans, JDA Portfolio will support the retailer in its goal to improve selling space effectiveness, enhance store-specific shelf sets with best sellers and optimize assortment breadth.

AAFES Deploys Triversity POS Worldwide
The Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) selects Transactionware Enterprise as its next-generation POS solution. The solution will replace a DOS and Windows version of the vendor's GM POS software that AAFES has used since 1996. The retailer will implement the POS solution at more than 1,000 stores in three different formats worldwide, including general retail (up to 50 checkout lanes), gasoline/convenience, grocery and specialty stores. A pilot project is scheduled to begin in 2005. Transactionware Enterprise will not only allow AAFES to deploy Java POS to over 30 countries worldwide, but will drive the company into the future of enterprise POS with a J2EE solution.

Publix Upgrades POS
Publix Super Markets selects Epson's TM-H6000II multifunction printer to read MICR, print and endorse checks in a single pass as part of the company's storewide POS system rollout. Implementation to its more than 800 stores is expected to be complete by year-end 2006. In addition to reading MICR, the device also prints and endorses checks in a single pass, shortening check printing time up to 50 percent over check flipping options. With Epson's Connect-It interface options, the printer is compatible with proprietary systems as well as today's PC-based POS solutions, giving super-market retailers flexibility with peak printing productivity.

Industry News
Winn Dixie completes an enterprise rollout of Tomax Workforce Management including advanced forecasting and wall-to-wall scheduling to provide the retailer with accurate labor scheduling on a super-thin connection across its more than 1,000 stores€¦Lowe's selects Khimetrics to provide certain solutions surrounding markdowns and analytics to the company, helping the retailer achieve a better understanding of customer demand€¦ The Jean Coutu Group integrates IBM technology systems for more than 1,500 drug stores acquired from the J.C. Penney Company€¦Best Buy chooses DemandTec's Consumer Demand Management software to align merchandising decisions for each of its more than 600 stores nationwide€¦Pacific Sunwear of California prepares for the holiday season by ensuring that its 61 busiest stores can process credit card transactions efficiently with a high-speed virtual private network deployed and managed by Vanguard Managed Solutions to minimize checkout lines€¦Lloydspharmacy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Celesio AG rolls out the Aldata G.O.L.D. supply chain solution for the centralized merchandise management of its 1,360 retail outlets in the U.K. €¦The Co-operative Group selects Manhattan Associates' Integrated Logistics Solution for Retail to help automate and improve its supply chain of the future. The selection of the suite will provide the organization with the supply chain technologies that will support its future business strategy.

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