Software platform TP.net is the key to success Praktiker orders hardware, software and services for 420 DIY stores in eight countries

Paderborn, (PresseBox) - The Praktiker Group, one of the leading European groups in the DIY sector, has concluded an extensive frame agreement under which Wincor Nixdorf will equip checkouts with POS systems and provide software and services. The crucial factor in winning the order was Wincor Nixdorf’s TP.net software platform, which will be run in future at all POS systems at around 420 DIY stores in eight countries. Installation of the new checkout systems is part of a large IT project at Praktiker that comprises harmonization and standardization of all processes across countries and sales lines and throughout the value chain, from logistics to the checkout. The order volume is within the lower double-digit million range.

Praktiker Bau- und Heimwerkermärkte Holding AG compared various software solutions in an extensive evaluation process. TP.net impressed with its scalability, the fact that it can be used internationally and its range of functions. The decision on what software to use was followed by that on the hardware. Praktiker decided in favor of the BEETLE iPOS, a touch-based, compact terminal offering numerous options for integrating peripherals. The cost and effort involved in integration will also be minimized by the hardware and software being supplied from a single source.

Wincor Nixdorf will probably start rolling out the systems in March 2008 in a pilot country in Eastern Europe, after which all German and foreign Praktiker and Max Bahr stores will gradually be migrated. When installation has been completed, Wincor Nixdorf will be responsible for complete hardware and software maintenance.

“We chose Wincor Nixdorf as the partner for our POS project because the company impressed with its great solution expertise and offered TP.net, a software product that has comprehensive functions and already maps the fiscal requirements of most countries,” said Christoph Diekmeyer, Head of Informatics and Organization at the Praktiker Group. “A further advantage was Wincor Nixdorf’s internationality, in particular its large footprint in the countries of Southeast Europe.”

In some three years, more than 35 retail companies from 11 countries have decided in favor of the TP.net software. TP.net is strictly designed in accordance with the principles of modularity and standardization and meets all conceivable international requirements. It is a complete standard software for stores that enables a wide range of different checkout concepts and controls all systems at a store centrally. Additional enterprise components permit central monitoring and control of a entire store landscape at a retail company.

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