R-kiosks implement new point of sale and supply chain management system

Rautakirja Oy's Kiosk Operations and Cap Gemini Ernst &Young Finland Oy have concluded an agreement concerning a new information and supply chain management system for Rautakirja's kiosks / convenience stores. According to the agreement, the parties will define a new store and supply chain management solution suitable for kiosks and implement it during 2004-2006.

Rautakirja has approximately 750 kiosks covered by the agreement. The solution can also be delivered to Rautakirja's kiosks abroad, for example, to Estonia.

The solution will be based on a software package by the Belgian supplier Real Software. The package includes both a store point of sale system and the centralized applications needed in a supply chain business. The new package software is Java-based, and it will be customized for Rautakirja's specific needs.

"Our future solution enables a completely new, real-time operations model, which will help us to enhance supply chain operations even further. The system will also provide a firm basis for expanding our product and service selection to meet the ever changing needs of consumers," says Mr Pentti Talikka, Information Management Director at Rautakirja Kiosk Operations.

"The new point of sale system is a part of the Extended Retail Solutions model, a joint product offered by Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, Microsoft, Cisco and Intel. We formed this global partnership a little more than a year ago, and we focus on the development of IT solutions for the retail business. Thanks to this strong partnership and up-to-date product selection, we believe we will profit considerably from the recent investment boom within the retail point of sale system business," says Mr Kai Kaasalainen, Sales Director at the Technology Services Unit at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young Finland.

For more information, please contact

Rautakirja Oy
Pentti Talikka, Information Management Director, tel. +358 40 5514047

Cap Gemini Ernst &Young Finland Oy
Kai Kaasalainen, Sales Director, tel. +358 40 5898246

R-kioski is a national, centrally managed, highly profitable multi-store chain that offers consumers entertainment, excitement, pleasure and basic daily products and services from early morning to late evening. In Finland, there are 713 R-kiosks; in addition to that, there are 35 Veikkausrasti kiosks specializing in lottery games. The company runs kiosk operations also in Estonia (199 kiosks), in Latvia (431 kiosks) and in the Czech Republic (137 kiosks). R-kiosks belong to Rautakirja, which is a member of the SanomaWSOY Group.

Cap Gemini Ernst & Young
Cap Gemini Ernst & Young is one of the world's largest providers of information technology and business management consulting services. The company provides global business management and information technology consulting and system integration services, as well as solutions for technical development, planning and outsourcing. The company helps its customers implement growth strategies and utilise technological solutions in the networked economy. Cap Gemini Ernst & Young employs about 50,000 people, of whom some 3,500 work in the Nordic countries and 600 in Finland. The company has offices in 31 countries. The total turnover of the company was ? 7,047 million in 2002. For more information, visit www.fi.cgey.com.