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BEDIN Shop Systems announces a new customer that will sleep soundly on
aKite Retail Web Services, delivered from Microsoft Azure..
October 8, 2014 Cornuda (TV): Wladimiro Bedin, CEO of BEDIN Shop Systems, today announced that Tempur-Pedic deployed aKite, the first POS & InStore SaaS designed from the ground to use the power of Microsoft Azure for Retail chains. By utilizing Microsoft Azure services, including Web Sites, SQL, CDN, Serivce Bus and Active Directory, BEDIN Shop Systems was able to focus on delivering scalable investment and power to its aKite Retail Web Services SaaS for retail stores like Tempur-Pedic.
Tempur-Pedic International Inc. is a corporation headquartered in the United States specialized in manufacture and sale of mattresses and pillows derived from research conducted for NASA to equip the astronauts’ seats and evenly distribute their weight and alleviate the pressures even in extreme conditions. With the acquisition of Sealy in 2012, the newly created Tempur-Sealy Inc. is the first company in this industry worldwide with a complete portfolio of products and iconic brands (www.tempur.it ; www.tempursealy.com).
For the expansion of their network of directly operated stores, the Italian branch direction has entrusted the IT management for a selection of the POS software best suitable to the needs of integration, reliability and safety of operation under all conditions, in order to "sleep soundly."
On top of a continuous integration with their Microsoft Dynamics AX enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, another requirement was to take customer orders from the POS and manage the delivery from the ERP. Items like pillows are bought and paid upfront, but mattresses are bulky items available in so many options that shipment from central warehouse directly to the customer home is the best way to go. Another request was the possibility to run the POS software in a Tablet in order to allow the store associate to follow the customer and have access to options and prices.
aKite is an innovative solution, simple and widely configurable. The rapid deployment, thanks to Azure , and interoperability with most POS peripherals, makes it the ideal solution in the current Retail marketplace. Tempur bases the development of its Retail Channel on dynamism, technology and integration: all features that I appreciate in BEDIN Shop Systems’ aKite, the solution that I have chosen for our chain.” declares Alessio Porcellati, IT Manager at Tempur Italy.
Traditional software for chains persist inside the dilemma between centralized architectures, efficient but vulnerable, and departmental architectures, resilient but complex and also away from providing a "Connected Retail” experience. The "Devices and Services" award-winning aKite architecture is based on Retail Web Services in the Cloud and Apps in the stores with an embedded database containing products, promotions and customers, for seamless connected disconnected operations. The continuous documents exchange with the cloud and the chain HQ via message queues (Azure Service Bus), ensures maximum reliability even with poor connections and a constantly updated picture available to chain managers, stores and also to suppliers and customers.
Solution providers like BEDIN Shop Systems are pivotal in cloud transformation,” said Kim Akers, General Manager, Microsoft. “As new cloud scenarios emerge, services like aKite are harnessing the power of Azure to provide customers with innovative options.
aKite proves once again - says BSS CEO Wladimiro Bedin - its scalability both upward and downward. Those who, like Tempur Italy, launches a chain expansion, want a professional solution without growth problems, but not requiring large upfront investments in licenses and integration, with predefined operational costs proportional to the chain expansion. Until now, low initial investments were only possible with limited solutions, soon inadequate. But cost is not the main aKite advantage as scalability and service level (SLA), combined with openness to suppliers and especially customers more and more on the Internet, provide a strong competitive advantage to modern businesses."
About BEDIN Shop Systems
BEDIN Shop Systems is innovating the design of software for Retail stores since 1989. aKite is the first POS & InStore SaaS designed from the ground to leverage the power of a modern Cloud PaaS like Microsoft Azure. Adopted by independent retailers and chains of any size, it received several awards including the “National Award for Innovation” from the Italian Republic President in 2011.