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Ireland Fujitsu implement new Point of Sale system in ‘Next Door' Off Licences group

The Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) who own ‘Next Door' Off-Licence franchise, now Ireland's largest off-sales group with over 60 outlets throughout Ireland, contracted Fujitsu to implement Point of Sale (PoS), back-office and head office systems.

April 18, 2006

The new systems, which are based on Microsoft Navision and cover all the business functions including purchasing, point of sale, financials and order planning, enable Next Door to manage the flow of information between stores and HQ more efficiently.

The Next Door Group, like many retailers, operates within tight cost margins and needed to enhance the flow of information between its head office and the stores in order to manage the growth margins and increase profits.

Patricia Brady, IT Manager at the Next Door Off-Licence Group, comments: “We aim to offer our franchisees the expertise they need to create a successful business. This includes providing everything from market research prior to opening, to shop fit-out, suitable stock for the local market and information on pricing and margins. By integrating and updating the back office and Point of Sale (PoS) systems we are able to provide a further value-add for our franchisees by improving the communication of vital information as well as bringing some of the admin functions into the head office rather than in-store.”

Next Door was looking for a supplier who could provide reliable hardware and software, as well as managing the integration of all the systems. Brady comments: “We were already using Fujitsu hardware in our stores and were very happy with the service the company offered and the reliability of the products. We were confident that they would continue to offer us the same high level of service throughout the implementation of the new systems and that they were offering us the best solution to meet our needs.”

The system was implemented on Fujitsu's TeamPOS 2000 tills, which are engineered for high value and high performance. State of the art touch screen PoS technology was used to compliment the high quality interior design of the stores.

Nigel Sylvester, Client Director with Fujitsu Services comments: “Fujitsu have been a partner of VFI throughout this complex systems roll-out. The new systems will transform the way VFI manage their supply chain and stock as well as the communications between their head office and the stores. We are delighted VFI choose Fujitsu to help them develop these important systems and look forward to developing our strategic relationship with VFI in the future.”

Patricia Brady and Nigel Sylvester

On the Left, Patricia Brady – IT Manager, Next Door off licence group. On the Right, Nigel Sylvester, Client Director, Fujitsu Services Ireland.

About Fujitsu Services

Fujitsu Services is a leading European information technology services company. Its business is helping its customers realise the value of information technology through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed service contracts. It serves customers in the private and public sectors across Europe including retail, financial services, healthcare and government. With an annual turnover of £2.56 billion (€3.22 billion), it employs over 21,000 people across 20 countries. Headquartered in London, Fujitsu Services is the European IT services arm of the US$53 billion (€32.9 billion) Fujitsu Group. Visit pt.fujitsu.com or uk.fujitsu.com for more information.

Catherine Casey

Phone: Phone: + 353 (0) 1 813 6000
E-mail: E-mail: catherine.casey@ie.fujitsu.com
Company:Fujitsu Services

Date: 18 April, 2006