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    Price Chopper Goes for the G.O.L.D

    The initial phase of the implementation will take place over a year.

    Price Chopper has chosen the Aldata G.O.L.D. Retail Supply Chain Suite to centralize merchandising and procurement and improve replenishment management operations across its store base.

    "We selected Aldata G.O.L.D. as a long-term strategic technology investment based on the functional capabilities of the application and the knowledge of Aldata's staff of the Grocery Business and its practices," noted Price Chopper v.p. of enterprise business systems Greg Zeh in a statement. "Price Chopper continues to be responsive to growing market pressure and tighter margins. As such, we needed to select a business partner with vision and an agile, competitive system, which will allow us to streamline our procurement processes and enhance our supply chain efficiencies."[euro]

    The grocer expects to use Aldata's PIM (Product Information Manager) module to better manage item and vendor data by enabling vendors to enter their data at a vendor portal. Price Chopper will implement the G.O.L.D. Topase module for demand-based replenishment and the G.O.L.D. Mine business intelligence system to gain real-time visibility into such factors as enterprise inventory management, internal operations, competitive activity, and its business partners, which all directly affect daily business.

    "We have a 12-month project timeframe for the initial phase, with the project initiating in mid-May, and both [G.O.L.D. Topase and G.O.L.D. Mine] will be included in this plan," Aldata spokeswoman Sandra Dunn told Progressive Grocer.

    "When Price Chopper completes the implementation of the Aldata G.O.L.D. Retail Supply Chain Suite, they will be taking a giant step towards optimizing its operations [and] IT infrastructure, and better positioning itself in an increasingly competitive marketplace," said Aldata v.p., North America Brendan Lowe. "With Aldata G.O.L.D. in place, Price Chopper will be able to create new efficiencies, squeeze waste out of operations, and improve its overall strategic position."

    Helsinki, Finland-based Aldata Solution, Inc. has performed over 24,000 successful installations across 52 countries, in retailers ranging from convenience stores to hypermarkets.

    The Schenectady, N.Y.-based Golub Corp. owns and operates 116 Price Chopper grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire. The family-owned company's approximately 25,000 associates collectively own 55 percent of the its privately held stock.

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