IT services and solutions for retail and hospitality

  • 17 Sep 2007

Merret extends into Microsoft .NET

computer-bannerRetail-only solutions and service provider Retail Assist plans to rollout its award-winning Merret supply chain solution on the Microsoft .NET platform from Q2 2008.

“IBM System i has proved to be a great platform for many retailers who use Merret to achieve measurable business benefits,” explained Nigel Illingworth, Product Director at Retail Assist. “By extending Merret’s proven capabilities into the highly flexible and cost-effective Microsoft .NET arena, we can give retailers more choice in how they deploy and benefit from the solution, whatever retail model they employ and whatever stage of maturity their business is at. We believe Merret has been one of the industry’s “best-kept secrets” despite its huge potential to drive better business, and we want to ensure it can reach as wide an audience as possible.”

Alan Morris, Managing Director at Retail Assist, added: “Retailers know better than most that customers like to have a choice. We’re simply following the same approach, giving retailers another way to deploy Merret, to improve efficiency and achieve cost savings. Retail Assist is uniquely positioned to harness the strengths of both the IBM and Microsoft platforms.”

Until now, Merret was only available on System i (previously iSeries), a platform chosen by many retailers for its robustness and scalability, and the solution will continue to be developed in System i. The Microsoft .NET programme follows discussions with existing and prospective Retail Assist clients, and will help the company extend its growing Merret user base by leveraging the brand loyalty and familiarity associated with Microsoft products.

Merret has achieved exceptional success since launching in 2001. No stranger to industry accolades, its most recent win was the 2007 European Retail Solutions Award for ‘Best use of e-commerce in a retail environment’ in partnership with Fresca and Rubicon Retail.

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