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Wednesday, 03 June 2009 15:06

Full body contract for HP with first retail win

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Hewlett Packard has cracked the Australian retail market for the first time with its new POS terminals winning a major contract to roll out its point-of-sale PC system to 80 of The Body Shop stores across the country.

The countrywide rollout of the first of 116 HP rp5 700 RPos PCs to be installed by the end of the 2009-2010 financial year, started this month, and a further 80 PCs will be installed the following year.

The Body Shop’s IT Retail Systems Manager, John Bartlett, says the company took advice from its trusted technology partner, GunPoS, who recommended HPs rp5700 “as it was the stand-out performer in testing against its competitors.”
  
Bartlett says GunPoS worked with HP to customise a standard rp5700 RPOS PC to give The Body Shop a reliable performer suited to their needs.

"We seek to always implement a reliable, robust and fully effective IT infrastructure. The HP rp5700s fits in very well and the installation of the first 30 PCs this month has gone smoothly,” Bartlett said, adding that “we particularly like the fact that this is a flexible PoS box that has easily integrated with our existing software and PoS peripheral systems.”

HP market development manager, retail PoS systems, Robert Bergqvist, says The Body Shop deployment “is a great example of how the rp5700 can be used in the retail space.”

"HP’s RPOS offers the reliability of Intel and Microsoft Windows technologies and available SATA hard drives with RAID support to offer customers PC technology that easily integrates with back-office infrastructure. We are looking forward to helping The Body Shop Australia complete this rollout and integration through to next year.”

According to Trevor Perry, sales director of GunPoS, “the HP rp5700 has come to market in Australia at the perfect time, as this is a great solution to meet The Body Shop’s needs.

"Energy efficiency is a must as PoS systems need to be on and running 100 percent of the time. The rp5700 has been designed to have the latest energy efficient components as well as being engineered to withstand the rigors of the retail environment.

“The Body Shop needed an exceptionally stable and highly-reliable RPoS PC for its demanding business environment. The Body Shop’s current technology was disparate and having several different PC configurations meant maintaining the store PoS environment was not always straight-forward.

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