Have you Heard…?

Software systems house, BCP, is extending its interests in the retail market with the launch of its retail solution – Accord-Retailer – to the general retail market in an extensive campaign entitled ‘Have You Heard….?’

Developed in partnership with SPAR, Accord-Retailer has evolved and been proven during five years’ exclusive use by the SPAR organisation. Successfully implemented in over 1,500 outlets throughout the UK and Europe, it has played a key role in the group’s successful performance and growth. The IT Director at one of SPAR’s larger retail chains recently reported: “We really feel we could not have grown our business over the past few years if we had not installed the system into all of our new stores…It gives us control in the areas that we feel are important to the smooth running of a chain of stores”.

Now, at the end of their agreed exclusivity period, BCP are able to offer the benefits of Accord-Retailer to all retailers, providing the opportunity to operate more effectively whilst maximising both customer service and business profits. Able to handle a wide range of product types including food and drink, gifts, entertainment, music, electrical, news, fuel, video/games rental and dry cleaning BCP consider the system appropriate for the majority of retail organisations and will be targeting a variety of retail sectors in their ‘Have You Heard…’ campaign.

Continuously evolved since its first development, Accord-Retailer is regarded by SPAR as one of the most technically advanced and functionally rich software solutions available in the retail market. Fully integrated and modular in design,Accord-Retailer provides not only modern in store EPoS and Back Office functions but also comprehensive Head Office and Warehousing facilities, thereby offering a complete supply chain solution covering the full spectrum of retail activities. It is suitable for both single and multiple outlets, with or without their own distribution operation. Accord-Retailer will be effective in single lane stores whilst growing to handle large multi-lane supermarkets, fully integrated to back office, head office and distribution systems.

Implementation of Accord-Retailer provides the opportunity to improve all aspects of store management and related activities including stock control, store replenishment, customer service, cash control, sales reporting, warehouse management, centralised control, administration and financial reporting. NAAFI, using the system in its stores throughout the UK, Germany, Cyprus and even on board aircraft carrier HMS Invincible, report significant improvements in terms of customer service, stock rationalisation and sales reporting.

Accord–Retailer has been designed to provide a cost effective and flexible solution giving retailers freedom of choice in selection of hardware. The development environment underlying the system allows Accord-Retailer to be implemented with minimum fuss and to provide maximum resilience during operation. Furthermore, due to the use of a GUI (Graphical User Interface), information provided to the manager, operator and customer is flexible and configurable resulting in the most effective store operations and service levels.

BCP’s ‘Have You Heard….’ campaign gets under way at the end of September with the mailing of a ‘Have You Heard….’ CD to a carefully targeted audience. BCP is working closely with key partners on this project who are supporting BCP with their own mailing campaigns timed to coincide with BCP’s programme. The campaign will continue throughout the autumn and winter culminating at Retail Solutions 2001.

Interested retailers who do not receive a CD can contact BCP on 0161 355 3000 for further information