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Tesco completes UK's largest-ever retail technology project

ˇ Siemens Nixdorf equips over 750 stores in UK and Ireland with BEETLE PoS

Siemens Nixdorf Retail and Banking Systems - which will begin trading as
Wincor Nixdorf from 20 December 1999 - has successfully completed the
roll-out of the Tesco ProgreSS programme, the UK's largest-ever retail
technology project. Siemens Nixdorf has delivered 14,500 BEETLE Point of
Sale systems, SNIkey touchscreen technology, thermal printers and scanning
systems to over 750 Tesco stores in the UK and Ireland. The progreSS project
now provides Tesco with industry-leading levels of throughput at the Point
of Sale, enabling Britain's leading food retailer to offer a range of new,
value-added customer services at its checkouts including regularly updated
store information, loyalty schemes and details of the latest promotional items.

The completion of the ProgreSS project also enables Tesco to deliver 'Fit
For Purpose' PoS systems to specific retail applications such as cafés,
petrol stations, and volume scanning operations. The Siemens Nixdorf
solutions are driven in-store by 1,400 PC file servers and provide Tesco
with an open systems platform for future developments. 

"Tesco recognises the importance of quality IT solutions in delivering
excellent customer service - we are proud of our continued innovation in the
use of the latest information and retail technologies," commented Dave
Nicholls, Retail IT Controller. "The ProgreSS project was the most
aggressive roll-out ever undertaken by Tesco and we are delighted to reach
its successful conclusion. It provides us with a significantly faster and
more reliable PoS infrastructure.

"The Siemens Nixdorf solution is not only good news for our customers but
also for our staff who are already finding the systems considerably easier
to operate. We have re-trained 92,000 cashiers on the new systems and as a
result of the ease-of-use of the BEETLE systems, have radically reduced
training times for new cashiers," added Dave Nicholls.

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. 

Siemens Nixdorf Retail and Banking Systems GmbH, Paderborn, will begin
trading as Wincor Nixdorf from 20 December 1999 following the company's sale
by Siemens to a consortium comprising financial investors Kohlberg Kravis
Roberts & Co. L.P. (KKR) and GS Capital Partners III, L.P., the private
equity arm of Goldman Sachs & Co. 

For more information
Please contact: 
               Andy Cummins
               Siemens Nixdorf Retail and Banking Systems
               Tel: 0118 9365015
               [email protected]

               Simon Gribbon
               Tel: 01780 721433
               [email protected]

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