Vendors push out updates to POS at retail conference

New versions from Microsoft, HP, Oracle and others heat up the IT side of the National Retail Federation conference.

Several major software vendors tried to woo crowds at the National Retail Federation's annual convention and EXPO in New York this week with upgrades, new releases and success stories.

Microsoft Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co. teamed up with First Data Corp. to supply a complete hardware and software point-of-sail (POS) product that they say will replace the traditional cash register and POS terminal.

The First Data POS Value Exchange will run Microsoft Dynamics Point of Sale 2.0, which the software vendor released Monday. Microsoft also announced an upgrade to its higher-end retail software Retail Management System.

There were also some releases for Oracle Corp.'s retail software. Its Retail Promotion Planning and Optimization software will combine planning and analysis to help retailers get the most out of specials and sales, while its Retail Returns Management will aim to save customers money by cutting down on fraudulent returns. The company also announced Retail Merchandising Standard Edition (SE), a midmarket product based on its Retail Merchandising System.

Although SAP AG did not release any software at the convention, it did announce that Jo-Ann Stores Inc. will implement its Transactionware General Merchandise POS software at 20 stores this year, with plans to have the rest of them running SAP by the end of 2009.

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