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BEJING, China - Wal-Mart's Chinese division, WuMart Stores, Inc., plans to replace its legacy point of sale, store management, and customer loyalty systems with an industry-standard based system to increase the efficiency of its IT operations chain wide.
The retailer will install Wumart will install a synchronized retail solution from Retalix, Ra'anana, Israel, which includes Retalix StoreLine point of sale (POS) and back office applications at the stores, pre-integrated with Retalix HQ StoreLine and Retalix Loyalty and Promotions at the chain's headquarters.
"Wumart has always played the leading role in applying advanced information technology for the retail industry in China," said Dr. Feng Jiang Li, president of Wumart. "By implementing Retalix's solution we can draw on Retalix's best practices for the global retail business to improve our operational efficiency, and to integrate our acquisitions so that we can make the most of the synergies they bring."
With the new system, Wumart aims to adopt global best practices for customer service and store operations, improve scalability, and reduce the complexity of its overall IT environment. Retalix's partner in China, Shanghai-based Rinpak Technology Ltd., will provide the domestic integration and support services to Wumart.
Wumart Stores, Inc., a non-state-owned Chinese enterprise, operates 700 stores, including hypermarkets, supermarkets, and convenience stores in northern, eastern, and northwestern China. In the past year, Wumart acquired several domestic chains, including Chaoshifa and MerryMart, the fourth- and fifth-largest supermarket chains in Beijing; Xinhua Stores, one of the largest and fastest growing retailers in northwest China; and Times Supermarkets, one of the leading retailers in eastern China.