Siemens Nixdorf completes roll-out of new retail point of service infrastructure at Bhs · 2,700 PC-based systems delivered to 158 UK stores in just six months Siemens Nixdorf Retail and Banking Systems has successfully completed the delivery of a nationwide retail infrastructure at Bhs plc, one of the UK's leading high street fashion retailers. The powerful point of service workstations have been implemented at 158 Bhs stores in the UK and are based on Siemens Nixdorf's SNIkey touchscreen systems, Siemens PCs, standard PC monitors and scanners. This provides an open systems retail platform through the Unlimited Solutions' COALITION Point of Sale package and will enable Bhs to enhance customer-facing services at the Point of Sale, and deliver industry-leading levels of in-store functionality and throughput. The new infrastructure was rolled-out in just six months and will allow Bhs to introduce a new range of innovative customer promotional services and in the future, provide a platform for other service features to optimise the performance of its PoS scanning and bar-coding systems, and transfer sales data to the enterprise systems automated re-ordering. The systems were developed and implemented by Siemens Nixdorf and its retail partners - Unlimited Solutions who supplied COALITION, the leading Windows NT-based store automation solution, and Retail Logic who provided payment authorisation expertise and software. "Bhs opened six new stores and two new Homestores in the UK last year and we are looking to continue growing the business into the next millennium by developing and implementing a strong retail technology infrastructure," commented Stewart Kendall, Business Systems Manager, Bhs plc. "Siemens Nixdorf's point of service solution underpins our long-term retail strategy and will provide us with even greater focus on all areas of customer service." About Bhs Bhs plc is one of two major retail businesses operating within the Storehouse Group, the other being Mothercare. Bhs plc is one of the UK's leading high street fashion retailers which also sells lighting, homewares and essentials. Bhs operates 158 stores in the UK with another 72 franchised outlets worldwide. The company employs around 14,000 full and part-time staff. About Siemens Nixdorf Siemens Nixdorf Retail and Banking Systems is a European market leader in the provision of Information and Communication products and services to major retailers and banks - with 50,000 Point of Sale terminals installed throughout the UK and 80,000 ATMs and self-service terminals throughout Europe. Siemens Nixdorf offers total retail solutions based on open systems and industry-specific hardware, customised software applications and powerful networking capabilities, as well as a comprehensive range of self-service technology-based solutions. Siemens Nixdorf Retail and Banking Systems is a key business within Siemens Information and Communication Products, part of the major DM50 billion turnover Siemens Information and Communications business which is made up of three Groups: Information and Communication Products, Information and Communication Networks and Siemens Business Services. This new business was formed on October 1, 1998 in response to the growing requirement for converged IT and communications products and services. For more information Please contact: Andy Cummins Siemens Nixdorf Retail and Banking Systems Limited Tel: 01344 850321 [email protected] Stewart Kendall Bhs plc Tel: 0171 339 2382 [email protected] Simon Gribbon IBA Tel: 01780 721433 [email protected]
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