Convenience store supplier Nisa-Today's expects to make extra sales of at least £7.5m a year after modifying its core Retek system.
The company, which supplies Costcutter and many regional convenience store chains, has spent £8m over the past three years modifying its Retek Merchandising System (RMS) 10, and has completed the addition of an Order Capture System from supplier Enabler.
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Users can access the Order Capture System through standard interfaces on the Retek application.
The company has started to connect all its 5,000 stores to a virtual private network to access the system. The VPN roll-out will take 12 months.
The system changes should lead to extra sales at the 5,000 stores that buy their goods from Nisa-Today's because they will be automatically notified of promotions when they place orders.
Nisa-Today's IT director, Wayne Swallow, said, "There are all sorts of upselling opportunities that had never previously been possible."
Nisa-Today's also expects to reduce the cost of its in-store promotions by at least £1m a year because the Retek application will send all of the information that a store needs to each shop's electronic point-of-sale system.
The two systems have been integrated using Sun's SeeBeyond technology.