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  5. As part of the Thresher Group’s change in business strategy from managed stores to a franchise model the company, the UK’s leading independent drinks retailer, has selected Fujitsu Services, one of Europe’s leading IT services companies, to provide a managed EPoS service.

Threshers Group selects Fujitsu to provide managed EPoS service for franchisees

As part of the Thresher Group’s change in business strategy from managed stores to a franchise model the company, the UK’s leading independent drinks retailer, has selected Fujitsu Services, one of Europe’s leading IT services companies, to provide a managed EPoS service.

February 15, 2006

The EPoS service will be offered as part of the package of benefits for Threshers’ franchisees to enable them to access the latest information from their stores.

Fujitsu has worked closely with Threshers to provide an innovative service with a commercial model that fits with the franchise business, enabling the franchisee to pay on a per store per week basis.

The service, which is expected to be rolled-out from April, will give franchisees access to sophisticated EPoS, stock management, customer relationship management, web management and pre-accredited Chip and PIN applications.

Based on an ASP (Application Service Provider) model, it gives Threshers’ franchisees access to online software applications via the Internet from any computer.

By storing all data in one centralised server rather than in individual stores, the new EPoS solution enables franchisees to have greater control and provides instant access to all store data, including sales. The contract is for five years and there is expected to be a minimum of 400 PoS terminals provided.

About Fujitsu Services

Fujitsu Services is one of the leading IT services companies in Europe, Middle East and Africa . It has an annual turnover of £1.74 billion, (€2.58 billion) employs 14,500 people and operates in over 20 countries. It designs, builds and operates IT systems and services for customers in the financial services, telecom, retail, utilities and government markets. Its core strength is the delivery of IT infrastructure management and outsourcing across desktop, networking and data centre environments, together with a full range of related services, from consulting through integration and deployment. Headquartered in London , Fujitsu Services is the European-centred IT services arm of the Fujitsu Group. The Fujitsu Group is a US$45 billion (€37 billion) leader in customer-focused IT systems and services for the global marketplace.

About Threshers Group

Thresher Group is the UK's leading independent specialist drinks retailer. The Group owns around 2,000 shops and employs over 12,000 people across the country. More than half the UK's population lives within 10 minutes walk of a Thresher Group store. Thresher Group is wholly owned by Terra Firma, the European private equity firm, who acquired the business, then known as First Quench, in 2000.

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Date: 15 February, 2006