Wesco Selects DAX

Integrates Retalix demand forecasting, replenishment solution with the Power Enterprise Suite

MUSKEGON, Mich. -- Wesco on the Go, a self-distributed operator of 51 convenience stores in Michigan, has selected Retalix USA's DemandAnalytX (DAX) demand forecasting and replenishment solution for a companywide implementation.

Retalix DemandAnalytX (DAX) is a demand forecasting and replenishment solution that enables retailers, manufacturers and distributors to improve product availability, inventory management and overall supply chain efficiency. DemandAnalytX uses unique algorithms to interpret point-of-sale (POS) sales data and inventory data, forecast [image-nocss] store-level demand and optimize replenishment orders, while taking into account the full complexity of the c-store retail environment.

Wesco has been using the Power Enterprise software suite, which was developed by IDS and acquired by Retalix in 2005. Wesco is the first customer to integrate DAX with Power Enterprise.

Retalix DemandAnalytX will help us provide fast, friendly service by reducing out-of-stocks and improving the ordering process. Store orders and on-hand information will feed directly to our current Retalix Power Enterprise system in our warehouse to ensure the same goal, Rachelle Osborn, director of information technology of Muskegon, Mich.-based Wesco, said.

Project work is already under way and the first stores will go live in first-quarter 2006. The rollout to the full chain will be completed in the first half of 2006.

Meanwhile, Plano, Texas-based Retalix USA has announced that it is offering the Retalix StorePoint suite of applications, an automation solution for large-sized c-store chains, in a simpler and easier-to-implement fashion for small and medium-sized retail (SMR) chains.

Retalix StorePoint, with 11,000 installations in 25 countries, is an integrated software solution for operators of c-stores, fueling stations and quick- service restaurants worldwide. It bundles POS, backoffice, host processing, fuel interfaces, credit authorization and more into a single, end-to-end, synchronized solution. As a part of the SMR initiative, Retalix also has announced that it will bundle hardware for prospective customers, including POS and server hardware.

In conjunction with the new SMR offering, Retalix is also developing an affordable implementation methodology designed to speed up and simplify the successful deployment of Retalix StorePoint for SMR organizations. With this new capability, full chain-wide implementations for SMR organizations will be possible within 90 days, the company said, allowing these organizations to benefit from the Retalix StorePoint applications more quickly.

No longer will small and medium-sized chains have to settle for technology that is inferior to that of larger, national chains, said Todd P. Michaud, executive vice president, marketing and product management for Retalix USA.

An important feature of the SMR StorePoint release involves supply chain management. Since most SMR organizations in the North American convenience industry are wholesale supplied, the SMR version of Retalix StorePoint will support supply chain integration and synchronization capabilities with the Retalix Power Enterprise software portfolio.

Retalix is an independent provider of integrated enterprisewide software solutions to global food and fuel retailers and U.S. grocery and convenience store distributors. Its solutions serve the needs of the entire range of food and fuel retailers and U.S. grocery and c-store distributors, from multi national supermarket chains, major food distributors and major fuel retailers to local independent grocers.