Fujitsu, Retalix Join Forces to Create StoreNext for Grocers

8/1/2002 - A new joint venture to deliver hardware, software and Internet-based store management services to independent North American grocers and dealers was formed between Fujitsu Transaction Solutions Inc. and Retalix Ltd. The new company formed is named StoreNext Retail Technologies LLC. StoreNext combines the two companies' expertise in point-of-sale hardware, software and Internet-based store management solutions for independent grocers throughout North America and will help retailers drive down costs and differentiate their business performance.

The new company begins operations immediately, delivering Fujitsu TeamPoS® point-of-sale hardware and services; Retalix software solutions, including ISS45 grocery point-of-sale, back office and mobile office computing; and Retalix e-Market connected applications for managing stores and chains via the Web. The StoreNext joint venture is owned equally by Fujitsu Transaction Solutions Inc. and Retalix Ltd. The companies have a working partnership spanning 20 years.

Austen Mulinder, president and CEO of Fujitsu Transaction Solutions Inc., and Barry Shaked, president and CEO of Retalix Ltd., will head up the company as chairman and CEO respectively. Bruce Minale, formerly Fujitsu’s vice president of retail indirect sales, has been named general manager of StoreNext and will be responsible for day-to-day operations.

"The benefits of this partnership for independent retailers and the dealers that serve them will be enormous," Mulinder said. "Two market leaders have joined to provide a one-stop-shop for the total supermarket solution. Our customers will be able to improve their business differentiation, while driving costs out of their store operations. For dealers and wholesalers, this single company with a single point of contact will mean faster sales, more tightly integrated and reliable products, lower support costs and better service – all resulting in lower total cost of ownership for customers. Partnering with Retalix was a natural choice for us given their position as the leading software solution provider to this market sector and their success in building e-marketplaces in other regions."

The independent grocery sector includes approximately 15,000 stores in the U.S., according to company estimates. Traditionally, these smaller grocery chains have not been able to afford or implement sophisticated enterprise software solutions.

Barry Shaked said, "Our vision for the independent grocery market is to provide Web-based access to store management applications that until now have been affordable only to the largest chains. StoreNext is the focal point for the concept we call 'the connected community' – where retailers are supported by secure web-based applications that allow them to analyze store data on demand, streamline store procedures and reduce supply-chain inefficiencies. Fujitsu's strength in the dealer channel, high-quality hardware and services expertise will enable StoreNext to offer dealers and retailers a whole new world of business differentiation."

StoreNext is headquartered in Dallas. Sales, marketing and support personnel have transferred to StoreNext from both Fujitsu and Retalix. Support and administrative functions will be shared with the parent companies.

About Fujitsu Transaction Solutions Inc. (
Fujitsu Transaction Solutions Inc., based in Dallas, is the "lifecycle solutions" provider of hardware, software and IT infrastructure management services to retailers and financial institutions. The wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) helps customers drive costs out of store operations by optimizing how technology assets are managed, from evaluation and acquisition to integration, implementation, service and support. Fujitsu provides point-of-sale (POS) hardware and software, handheld devices, Web-enabled automated-teller machines (ATMs) and services. Formed in 1992, the company has 1,000 employees and 25 offices in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. It serves customers such as Albertson’s, Nordstrom, Staples and The TJX Companies, among others.

About Retalix Ltd.
Retalix Ltd., with North American headquarters in Plano, TX, provides integrated enterprise-wide software solutions for the retail food industry worldwide, including supermarkets, convenience stores and restaurants. The Company offers a full suite of software applications that support a food retailer's essential retailing operations and enable retailers to increase their operating efficiencies while improving customer acquisition, retention and profitability. Recently, the Company expanded its product line by offering its head and back-office applications via the Internet to small chains and single store food retailers. With installations in more than 20,000 stores and quick service restaurants across 44 countries, the Company markets its software solutions through direct sales, distributors, local dealers and through its U.S. subsidiary, Retalix USA, Inc., and its various other subsidiaries. The Company was founded in 1982 as Point of Sale Limited and changed its name in November of 2000 to Retalix Ltd. The Company's ordinary shares have been publicly traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange since November 1994 and on the NASDAQ National Market System since July 1998.

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