Hewlett-Packard is planning to introduce three new services for retailers this week to help them design, deploy and manage their IT infrastructure.
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HP Retail Agility Services will provide point-of-sale (POS) systems with maintenance, and the HP Retail Webcasting Platform will enable retailers to deliver e-learning, corporate communications and product information across the enterprise. This second offering can be hosted or managed internally.
In addition, for pharmacies, pharmaceutical manufacturers and healthcare companies looking to adopt radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, HP is partnering with Cyclone Commerce to deliver a product to closely track and authenticate drugs as they travel from the manufacturer to the customer.
HP intends integrating Cyclone Commerce software on HP ProLiant and HP Integrity server platforms at retail pharmacies, to help deliver real-time information and visibility of pharmaceuticals in transit.
Viagra manufacturer Pfizer recently introduced an RFID-based tracking system for pharmacies to adopt, but is using technology from different suppliers.