Discount retailer QD Stores rolls out SAP

Retail chain QD Stores will roll out SAP Business All-in-one and Business Objects software.

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Retail chain QD Stores will roll out SAP Business All-in-one and Business Objects software.

The company has signed a deal with services firm Wincor Nixdorf to lead the rollout of the systems, which will go live in April.

It said the software would help it improve decision-making and procurement, assisting it with a planned expansion across the country from its main presence in East Anglia. It will have a total of 50 stores.

The system will also help it improve the efficiency of its distribution centre and gain better visibility into stock levels at stores.

SAP Business All-in-One will be used to improve QD Stores’ processes, particularly through eliminating repetition in invoice processing. Business Objects will be used to provide it with better intelligence on customers.

The company currently uses predominantly manual processes for a number of these functions, running an in-house system that it said had reached capacity.

The SAP rollout will use the Wincor Nixdorf Accelerator approach, a “toolkit” with pre-written project plans and training documentation, aiming to ensure it is carried out quickly and at a fixed price.

Justin Farrington-Smith, managing director at QD Stores, said the integration was “the biggest investment we have made in technology to date”. It was crucial that the rollout helped the group, when it identifies products to sell, to quickly “get those goods onto shelves while they are in fashion and season”.

“Previously, gathering this intelligence without software was very time-consuming,” he said.

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