Retail Solutions Briefs: Punch Software, PSI, Xbox, Ozisoft

Retail Solutions Briefs: Punch Software, PSI, Xbox, Ozisoft

Scholastic packs Punch

Home design software publisher Punch Software has appointed Scholastic New Media a distributor as part of the company's plans for growth in the Australian market place.

The US-based Punch holds more than a 45 per cent share of the US retail home design market. Scholastic will distribute the software range through retailers such as Harvey Norman, Electronics Boutique and Dick Smith Electronics.

According to Punch Software president Pete Pierce, the company looked at several distributors before going with Scholastic. "[Scholastic] fits our position and plans the best," he said.

PSI caught up in eForce

New Zealand logistics software company PSI is one of the subsidiaries included in the receivership of failed business-to-consumer (B2C) e-tailer eForce Group, the group's receiver has confirmed.

However, PricewaterhouseCoopers's Richard Agnew says PSI is a going concern and is up for sale - and could be worth several million dollars.

Auckland-based PSI is an 11-year-old company headed by Bill Farmer, with subsidiaries in Australia and Hong Kong, and offices in Malaysia, China, Vietnam and Indonesia.

PSI was bought by eForce Group last year, when Farmer took over as eForce's chief executive, replacing founder Mark Fulton. Farmer downsized the B2C operations to focus on PSI's B2B activities and had hoped to use PSI to help restructure eForce.

Xbox peripherals get Thrust

Thrustmaster, a subsidiary of the Guillemot Corporation Group, has signed a worldwide licensing agreement with Microsoft that will allow the company to design, manufacture and distribute licensed third-party peripherals for the upcoming Xbox gaming console.

Thrustmaster will provide a range of endorsed racing wheels, joysticks and controllers based on the manufacturer's original range. It will also be able to develop game-specific peripherals such as a dance mat controller and light guns.

The peripherals will be released with the anticipated launch of the Xbox console, now slated for early's latest NightmareOziSoft has begun the marketing campaign for one of its most anticipated releases, Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare. Developed by Darkworks for Infogrames and due for release on PlayStation and Gameboy Color, with PC, PlayStation 2 and Dreamcast versions due soon after, the game follows supernatural detective Edward Carnby in a new adventure. The story is influenced by the works of horror master HP Lovecraft. The game is scheduled for release in May.

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