Siemens Nixdorf has won what it claims is one of the UK's biggest ever Electronic Point of Sale (EPOS) contracts.
The #60 million order was placed by supermarket chain Tesco. Siemens will provide Tesco with 15,000 machines to be installed in the checkout lanes of its UK stores. Further installations will take place in Ireland, France and Poland. The equipment will be rolled out over three years.
The contract, which includes service, maintenance and system installation, is the first step in Tesco's overhaul of its EPOS systems, a scheme dubbed ProgreSS. The supermarket is upgrading its current Siemens systems as part of a drive to improve customer service. The project involves incremental improvements, rather than radical changes.
"It's a lot of little things that will make the difference to customers," explained Ian O'Reilly, Tesco's IT director, as he announced the contract.
"For instance, the new printers are faster so customers get their receipts quicker, cashiers need to spend 60% less time training and there is less misreading of credit cards."
He added: "We are not interested in having the latest and most fashionable technology, but we are interested in technology that adds value for our customers."
The Siemens machines will be equipped with Pentium 133 chips, 16Mb of RAM, a SNIkey touch-screen and a high-speed thermal printer. The hardware will run Siemens' Beetle XL, an open standards software system which the supermarket giant helped Siemens develop.
Tesco has used Siemens Nixdorf for its EPOS systems for the past 10 years. O'Reilly confirmed the supermarket had examined offerings from other major vendors, and emphasised the agreement does not preclude Tesco running the system on any other hardware.
However, he added: "We have had a long and successful relationship with Siemens and we want to continue that."
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