Save-A-Lot Gets POS, Software Upgrades From StoreNext

ST. LOUIS -- Extreme-value grocer Save-A-Lot here has received a technology makeover involving point-of-sale (POS) hardware and software upgrades across 300 company-owned stores, courtesy of longtime partner StoreNext Retail Technologies, LLC, based in Plano, Texas.

The new technology platform includes back-office servers with more power, about 1,000 Fujitsu TeamPOS 2000 S terminals with 15-inch flat-panel monitors, TPG 776 printers, and an upgrade to existing ISS45 POS software.

"StoreNext proposed a new, standard system configuration that allowed us to refresh our older corporate stores with the latest relevant technologies," said Save-A-Lot director of information technology Tony Verhaeg in a statement. "One of the added benefits is that our shoppers will move quickly and securely through the transaction process, as we're now running on advanced hardware and software platforms. Save-A-Lot believes in offering extreme-value pricing and using new technology to grow their market share and public awareness."

"StoreNext is all about helping grocers enhance the shopping experience for their customers," added Ray Carlin, StoreNext president and c.e.o. "This a great win for StoreNext, with a highly progressive grocer that recognizes how cutting-edge, cost-effective technology can improve store operations and help keep customers happy."

StoreNext and Save-A-Lot have collaborated for more than seven years. RDS of St. Louis, a StoreNext authorized dealer, handles ongoing service and maintenance of the new systems. Save-A-Lot has begun rolling out the new StoreNext configuration to its more than 850-plus licensed stores, and expects installation to be complete in the next few months.

StoreNext Retail Technologies LLC is a joint venture of Retalix Ltd. and Fujitsu Transaction Solutions Inc. and markets Fujitsu POS hardware, Retalix's ISS45 and ScanMaster POS software, Retalix Store and Retalix HQ, as well as Internet Connected Services for managing stores via Web-enabled applications.

Save-A-Lot, a wholly owned subsidiary of Minneapolis-based Supervalu, Inc., operates more than 1,150 value-oriented stores in urban, rural, and suburban areas.
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