Polaris Retail Infotech Ltd (PRIL), a retail software provider and wholly-owned subsidiary of Polaris Software Lab Ltd, has announced the launch of Linux-powered retail store management solution, ‘iStore Linux’, which, according to the company, guarantees 50 per cent lower set-up and running costs on retail store software.
PRIL has signed up Samsonite to roll out iStore Linux in its 60 exclusive brand outlets across India. iStore is available on all Linux flavours present in the market. The combination of SOA-based iStore application on Linux system can potentially bring down the set-up and running costs of retail store software by 50 per cent.
Samsonite in India chose PRIL’s iStore, bundled with IBM’s Retail Integration Framework, to gain advantages of scalability and flexibility that a next-generation retail solution and an open operating environment could provide. With iStore available on Linux, Samsonite was convinced of the benefits of robustness, high availability and low TCO.
iStore was jointly launched by PRIL and IBM in 2009. It is the first SOA-based retail solution in India that is built on the open-standards-based JavaT Platform, Enterprise Edition and is bundled with IBM’s Retail Integration Framework. iStore has revolutionised the retail store management application marketplace with its rich backoffice functionality and operations-friendly POS capabilities. The iStore POS interface is touch screen-enabled with L-design for maximum sales user comfort. The POS supports multi-channel and self-service capability.
iStore backoffice has pre-integrated enterprise module with retail ERP functionality and pre-built SAP integration capability. Owing to its SOA architecture, Intellect Store can easily integrate with retailer’s software and hardware legacy systems.
Commenting on the launch of iStore Linux and the recent wins, Mohit Oberoi, CEO, PRIL, said, “Modern format retail requires scalability, performance and flexibility to address the rapidly growing business operations. Last year, we partnered with IBM to benefit from their flexible and scalable J2EE platform for iStore, our next generation Retail POS application”.
“We have now made iStore available on Linux. This can significantly bring down the set-up and running costs of POS application software to as low as 50 per cent of the exiting costs. This is particularly useful for large retailers with expanding network of brand outlets as every distribution of store software will be available at half the cost,” he added.
– IndiaRetailing Bureau