Acer scores Australia Post retail deal

Acer scores Australia Post retail deal

- The combined forces of Unisys and Acer's Integration Centre (AIC) have been selected by Australia Post to supply the organisation with Acer PCs as part of an overhaul of front desk transactions systems across Australia Post's 2800 retail outlets.

A total of 8000 AcerPower 6400 PCs will be installed into the retail outlets as counter workstations with point-of-sale barcode scanners and printers attached. AcerPower 6400 PCs will also be deployed as branch office servers running Windows NT.

Staring January next year, the AIC will manage roll-out planning and scheduling along with the asset management tracking of each PC purchased and installed, while Unisys, the prime contractor, will supply the personnel for the implementation.

According to Valda Berzins, Australia Post's chief information officer, the organisation's current retail system, called EPOS (electronic point of sale) has "been very good" since it was deployed earlier this decade. However, the current demands of "one million transactions on a big day, or about 700,000 transactions on a slow day," have forced Australia Post to upgrade the system, according to Berzins.

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