United Co-op updates Epos for central stock control

United Co-operatives, the second largest chain of co-operative stores in the UK, is rolling out a new point of sale system in its 510 shops to standardise the replenishment process across the business.

United Co-operatives, the second largest chain of co-operative stores in the UK, is rolling out a new point of sale system in its 510 shops to standardise the replenishment process across the business.

The £4.2m project will see United Co-operatives standardise on Fujitsu Team Pos terminals.

The initial deployments will be to United Co-operatives’ larger stores and the 130 shops it acquired when it merged with the Yorkshire Co-operative Society four years ago. The roll-out, which is expected to last until 2008, will allow the former Yorkshire stores to link their tills to United’s back-office merchandise replenishment system.

The Fujitsu Team Pos terminals replace legacy Fujitsu ISS300 terminals that are being used in United Co-operatives stores and Torex terminals in the former Yorkshire stores.

An eight-strong team of engineers in the retailer’s IT department will do all the store implementations. Some 30 of the 510 stores have been converted since the roll-out began in March, and 80 are scheduled for conversion before the end of 2006.

United Co-operatives will also use Team Pos terminals whenever it acquires businesses.

Ian Dyson, the company’s head of IT, said, “As we acquire new businesses we are putting this new system in straight away.”

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