1/14/2003 - Gap Inc., the world's largest international fashion retailer, has selected a variety of systems, software and services from Sun Microsystems and it's partners to build an open, standards-based, cost effective solution to run many business processes ranging from store systems support to headquarter applications through to distribution centers.
"Sun Microsystems is a leading technology innovator that provides Gap Inc. with the performance, scalability and reliability that we require," said Ken Harris, chief information officer of Gap Inc.
In its effort to provide a superior customer experience, Gap Inc. strategically partners with best-in-class system and application suppliers. Gap Inc.'s infrastructure solutions are built on an architecture that provides both extensive and immediate functionality and great flexibility to grow over time.
"Sun has once again proved that we can reduce time to deployment and improve performance for mission critical applications," said Bob DeLaney, director of worldwide retail industry solutions at Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Through strong relationships with our partners, Sun was an ideal choice for Gap Inc. to lower its total cost of ownership and leverage prior investments. Sun's systems easily scale which can help Gap Inc. handle seasonal peaks and rapid growth."
Gap Inc. has implemented the following solutions from Sun and it's partners: Sun Fire[tm] Servers, Sun's high-end server offering, power Gap Inc.'s Oracle Financials implementation for a variety of financial and back end services. Sun Enterprise[tm] Servers were selected as the platform for retail data warehousing, merchandise planning system, and other supply chain applications. Gap Inc. and Sun have implemented a multi year Platinum Contract with Sun Services for 24/7 support of the Sun Fire Servers to drive expedited implementation schedules and reduce risks. Sun's large scale systems will support Gap Inc.'s planned implementation of 360Commerce's Centralized Electronic Journal, which is a module of their J2EE[tm] technology-based retail software application Central Office. Additionally, Gap Inc. is implementing 360Commerce's Java technology based Point-of-Sale and Back Office applications.
360Enterprise[tm] Central Office provides the ability to quickly share information between corporate offices, other channels and stores to optimize store profits. Central Office, supported by the Sun[tm] ONE Directory server, provides a system of record for store configuration files, access to a centralized view of transactions and customer purchases across channels, and a central point for moving data back and forth between the stores and through the enterprise.
Visit Sun Microsystems at the NRF Annual Conference from January 13-15 in New York in booth #737. 360Commerce will be showcasing a range of software, hardware and operating system configurations running on Sun servers in their booth #729 and in the ARTS (Association for Retail Technology Standards) booth #571. For more information about Sun at the NRF Annual Conference, contact Kim Evans at 415.762.2270.
Sun in Retail
Sun's global retail clients are in all retail segments, including soft and hard goods specialty businesses, discount and mass merchandisers, department stores, food service, grocery businesses, convenience store businesses, chain drug stores, electronic retailing merchants, catalog and home shopping. Fast-growing retailers are building their technology foundations on Sun Enterprise[tm] servers, Sun storage and Sun[tm] Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) to deliver Java[tm] Web Services. Sun services turns technology into value for its customers via choice and open, standards-based, secure integration across the retail enterprise. Sun also offers the scalability to help ensure retailers can meet the extreme load demands they experience in seasonal peaks throughout the year. Additionally, with its iForce[sm] Initiatives, best-in-class partner relationships with proof-of-concept solutions, its open systems and software infrastructure, Sun can help support the retail enterprise, from the store to headquarters to distribution centers. Sun makes the net work for retail.
About Gap, Inc.
Gap Inc. is a leading international specialty retailer offering clothing, accessories an personal care products for men, women, children and babies under the Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy brand names. Fiscal 2001 sales exceeded $13.8 billion. As of October 5, 2002, Gap Inc. operated more than 4,200 stores in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Japan and Germany. In the United States, customers also may shop the company's online stores at gap.com, BananaRepublic.com and oldnavy.com. http://www.gapinc.com
About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer[tm]" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com
Sun, Sun Microsystems, The Sun Logo, Java, J2EE, iForce, Sun Fire, Sun Enterprise, StorEdge, and The Network Is The Computer Are Trademarks Or Registered Trademarks Of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in The United States And Other Countries.
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