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Retail Solutions Briefs: BlueLight, Quicken, Ozisoft

Retail Solutions Briefs: BlueLight, Quicken, Ozisoft

BlueLight dims: execs depart and staff cutBlueLight.com CEO Mark Goldstein and two other top BlueLight executives have stepped down following the cut of about 20 per cent of the company's workforce. The departures could be a precursor to BlueLight being folded back into parent firm Kmart in the US, according to people close to the company. BlueLight, the online arm of discount retail giant Kmart, cut about 45 of its 194 employees, according to sources.

BlueLight has faced intense competition from Walmart.com, Target.com and Amazon.com. Its exact sales are not known, but they are believed to be little more than a rounding error when compared with Kmart's $37 billion in annual sales.

If it were folded back into Kmart, BlueLight would follow in the footsteps of a long list of startups that were spun off by corporate giants that hoped to cash in on the Internet craze - only to see those hopes dashed by the Internet stock market rout over the past 18 months.

Quicken releases V8 of financial softwareQuicken has released the latest version of its popular QuickBooks software title, aiming to consolidate its position in the competitive market.

Version 8 of the financial software enables users to convert MYOB lists directly into QuickBooks, as well as improvements to the Business Activity Statement options. Quicken has also added a special GST management tool, a depreciation register that calculates the depreciation of fixed assets, and has included a remittance advice field on the bottom of invoices.

The new software carries a recommended retail price of $259.95. The delux version, QuickBooks Pro, will retail for $459.95 and offers features such as job costing, budgeting, estimates and bids.

Ozisoft ‘steels' itself with new EON PC gaming titleOzisoft has announced that the game Z:Steel Soldiers for the PC, developed by the Bitmap Brothers and published by EON Digital Entertainment, will be released on June 22.

After 50 years of war between Trans Global Industries and the MegaCom Corporation, a truce is imminent. But when renegade troops led by Captain Zod shoot down an enemy cargo ship in the demilitarised zone, war is firmly back on the agenda. Players must join forces to find out whether it is just a coincidence or a conspiracy. The game introduces a new breed of robot with a warped sense of humour.


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