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.
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.