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Whole Foods Modernizes Retail Management

Via RIS : Grocer Whole Foods Market and Infor, a $3 billion cloud company, announce a partnership aimed at revolutionizing the retail industry with a new, cloud-based retail management solution. This new software will enable retailers to operate faster and more efficiently while enhancing customer experience. Whole Foods will open up its entire operations as a learning lab for Infor engineers and designers to ensure best practices are built into the software to meet the needs of modern retailers.

The new retail management suite, Infor CloudSuite Retail, will be made available to companies in the retail industry.

“The new retail platform we will co-create with Infor will be unlike anything currently on the market, better leveraging major technology advances to deliver much more value at lower cost,” said Jason Buechel, executive vice president and chief information officer of Whole Foods Market. “With Infor, Whole Foods Market has found a partner ideally suited to help us co-create a new retail platform that enables a more efficient, connected enterprise with greater visibility, flexibility, insight, and ease-of-use for our team members – all while delivering a better end-to-end shopping experience for our customers.”

Through a combination of cloud-based automation and more advanced, efficient processes for a wide variety of strategic merchandising and supply chain management functions, Whole Foods Market expects the new platform’s advanced analytics to provide insights that will drive business performance and operational efficiencies. The new platform’s advanced IT infrastructure is also expected to deliver more in-depth information and an enhanced shopping experiences for Whole Foods Market customers both in-store and online through Whole Foods Market’s digital channels.

Whole Foods Market will also serve as a collaborative partner in Infor’s plan to develop the next-generation end-to-end retail software suite. Through the partnership, Whole Foods Market will become a working lab for Infor development engineers and designers from Hook & Loop, Infor’s Manhattan-based internal design agency. Infor teams will work alongside Whole Foods Market team members to identify critical process improvements and develop a purpose-built software suite that enables Whole Foods Market to make better and faster decisions, take advantage of modern technologies like cloud and open source, and deliver a better experience back to its customers.

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