The THOM Europe Group upgrades its in-store IT equipment with AURES' sango point-of-sale terminals
- A long-term partnership
"We are especially proud of these agreements, and of the long-term relationship established between our two Groups," says Gérard Putatti, AURES Group's Director of Corporate Sales.
"We started working with Histoire d'Or in 2003. The brand quickly renewed its trust in us when the Odyssé EPOS was launched in 2005: its design and flexible colours - including a specific 'Histoire d'Or' red, specially developed by AURES at the time - were chosen by the brand immediately."
AURES equipment has thus proved its worth and many stores in THOM Europe Group's corporate brands are now to be equipped with sango point-of-sale terminals.
These new EPOS terminals, representing several thousand till management and EPOS systems, will be rolled out over approximately 3 years.
- Specific colours and designs, in harmony with the 3 corporate brands' visual identity, for a perfectly integrated IT system.
"The positioning and complementarity of our corporate brands and associated store concepts is extremely important to the THOM Group," explains Thierry Gallois, the Group's Infrastructure and Networks Manager.
"With its ever more innovative and contemporary EPOS designs, the AURES Group has once again made all the difference, providing ideal support for changes made to our various concepts. This includes the highly strategic till area, which is an integral part of our reflection on point-of-sale marketing."
"Having a wide choice of flexible, customised colours - in perfect harmony with our visual identity - is a major asset for us."
- High-performance terminals, with upgradable technology
"We also chose sango terminals for their high performance, reliability, powerful processors and memory capacity (RAM)," says Philippe Le Berre, Head of IT Systems at THOM Europe.
"We really appreciate the fact that these EPOS can be upgraded since this guarantees uniform, long-lasting IT equipment," he adds.
"Our heavy and multiple IT processes require very reliable till management and EPOS systems: AURES equipment rarely breaks down, which was another key argument confirming our choice."
- Ergonomic design adapted to points-of-service and user needs
"The ergonomic design of AURES' EPOS equipment is also an asset: sango system slim touchscreens can be adjusted to the right height by tilting. This is an added bonus for our checkout assistants: it protects their eyes against unwanted glare from our lighting."
"The multiple connectivity is also an important feature since we use many peripherals: it is therefore easy to connect several types of bar-code scanners, inventory scanners, webcams (e.g. for valuing and repairing jewellery), mini-keyboards and cash drawers using the sango's numerous COM and USB ports."
"All our in-store staff is in a position to operate checkouts, any time. After visual assessments (design and colours) and technical tests at the Group's head office, the AURES hardware is therefore tested by our sales staff, for the project's final approval. This means that ease of use and ergonomic design are essential."
Thierry Gallois concludes: "Lastly, the sango's lightweight, offset stand frees up space beneath the system's touchscreen, which is a really good idea. Since there is no heavy base, certain peripherals can be accommodated and grouped together more easily. It's very practical."
"AURES' EPOS terminal concept is perfectly in tune with all our needs."
About the THOM Europe Group
With 540 sales outlets in France, Belgium, Italy and Portugal, the THOM Europe Group is the European market leader for retail jewellery and watches in shopping centres, with the Histoire d'Or, Marc Orian and Trésor corporate brands.
The Group arose from the merger of Histoire d'Or and Marc Orian in October 2010. It employs 2'700 people and has opened over 60 stores in the past three years.
Founded in 1989 and listed on Euronext since 1999, the AURES Group manufactures EPOS systems and related peripherals.
Its PC-based hardware and open-system equipment provides management and till functions to all points-of-sale and points-of-service, including specialist food and non-food stores, retail outlets, superstores, catering and hospitality.
The AURES Group - which includes AURES Technologies and J2 Retail Systems - has global presence, with its head office in France, subsidiaries in the UK, Germany, Australia and the USA - and a network of distributors and resellers located in more than 50 other countries.
The number of systems and EPOS terminals marketed by the AURES Group since 2009 is over 200,000 units, for annual sales exceeding €50 million.