Supermarkets to Spend $9 Billion on IT: Study

FRANKLIN, Tenn. -- Supermarkets in North America are expected to spend more than $9 billion on IT during the next 12 months, according to a new report from retail analyst and consultancy firm IHL Consulting Group here.

The 134-page report, "IT and the North American Supermarket," reveals how technology can be used to meet the challenges currently facing grocers. "Key areas of investment include POS, data warehousing, workforce management, and fresh item management," said Greg Buzek, president of IHL. "These are areas where grocery retailers are using technology to help differentiate themselves from the competition."

The report investigates the challenges of the North American supermarket retailer and how information technology can be utilized to meet those challenges. It includes research on technology trends as well as technical profiles of top retailers like Kroger, Safeway, SuperValu, Wal-Mart, and Costco.

The report also includes detailed technical profiles of the top 20 food retailers. Profiles include key personnel, retailer competitive comparisons, and specific hardware, software and services technologies for commerce, data warehouse, distribution and supply chain, financial, head office, knowledge management, sales/service, and store automation.

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