Lotus Development, its parent IBM, CFT Consulting and National Computer have teamed to offer retailers a bundled management system including hardware, software and services.
The system operates on IBM Netfinity servers and is designed to cut paperwork and time needed for everything from looking something up in a retail company's manual to training to ordering supplies, according to Lotus and CFT officials.
The bundled system comes in a range of offerings and includes eStore, which is a set of store-wide retail management applications for messaging, electronic forms, human resources and reports, and Bistro, offering World Wide Web-based process managing.
Those products have been out for some time, but are now being pulled together into one system running on Netfinity, said March Wyatt, Lotus strategic alliances solution sales manager.
The bundled systems will range in price from $US34,000 for eStore only running on the Netfinity 3500 series to $50,000 for both eStore and Bistro operating on the Netfinity 7500 server.
Initially, systems in the US will be deployed and serviced by National Computer, with CFT offering consulting services.