The Body Shop to Acquire its Entire IT infrastructure as a Service from Fujitsu Invia

10/11/2002 - The Body Shop skin and body care retailer and Fujitsu Invia have signed an agreement according to which Fujitsu Invia will provide the entire IT infrastructure as a service to The Body Shop’s head office and 31 stores in Finland. The agreement is worth approximately one million euros.

The service covers in-store systems and a value chain management system, including the telecommunications between them. The solution is built on GlobalSTORE in-store system from which sales data is funnelled to Fujitsu Invia’s RetailDATACenter back-office centraliser (RDC). In addition, Scala ERP system is integrated into it to manage e.g. material and financial administration and payroll. Invia’s partner Song Networks will implement the telecom solutions.

"We based our decision on easy purchase. The solution covers our entire value chain in terms of IT needs from goods supply to individual stores. The all-inclusive service package is convenient for us. We don’t have to hire IT specialists and we only pay for what we use", says General Manager Aarno Pohtola of The Body Shop. "Along with this system we get sales data from all stores simultaneously instead of the current faxes sent from each individual cash register separately. The system will also have a direct connection to our principal The Body Shop International."

The system will be deployed gradually. Scala will be launched first in October as well as the piloting of the in-store systems. The system as a whole will be in production in January 2003.

The Body Shop is a manufacturer and seller of skin and hair care products, following ethical business principles. The first store in Finland was opened in 1981, where it currently has 31 stores of which the importer Bodim Port Oy owns 16, while the remaining 15 are independent subfranchise stores. The Body Shop employs more than 120 people in Finland. The company operates in 50 countries with some 2000 outlets.

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