Retail Solutions Briefs: Sun, Infogrames, Tandy, Unique World

Retail Solutions Briefs: Sun, Infogrames, Tandy, Unique World

Sun shines on retailers

Sun Microsystems, in partnership with point-of-sale (POS) vendors Wincor Nixdorf and ADS Retail, has announced a remotely managed supply-chain and transaction system for retail stores in the US.

According to Sun officials, the key advantages to the new solution (known as SmartClient) are that it reduces start-up costs and frees retailers from the burden of maintaining POS systems.

The solution combines Wincor Nixdorf's thin-client terminal, Upper Marlboro, ADS Retail's application architecture and a Sun Cobalt server which, though located on the customer's premises, is remotely managed.

Infogrames judges Terminator a sure bet

Infogrames has announced a licensing agreement to develop games based on the Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day motion pictures. Under the terms of the deal, Infogrames has acquired the exclusive rights to develop and publish games worldwide for current and next-generation console platforms, as well as games for the PC and Mac.

Infogrames currently has four Terminator-related projects underway. The first game is anticipated to kick off in late next year. The games will be distributed in Australia by OziSoft.

Tandy to become unique in e-commerce

Unique World will pilot Australia's first fully integrated In-Store Kiosks for Tandy Australia this month. The in-store PC kiosks will be piloted in a handful of Tandy metro stores, enabling sales staff and customers to access a greatly expanded product range available on the Tandy Web site.

The business model will allow Tandy stores to offer more products within a small store footprint, according to Unique World CEO Tony Gattari.

Following the initial pilot of 10 stores, Unique World plans to roll out with the complete integration of the Tandy Web site into Tandy's network of 300 stores and dealers before Christmas.

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