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Software-as-a-Service Solution For China's Retail Distribution Unveiled

IBM and China's eFuture Information Technology announced the launch of a Software-as-a-Service solution for the retail distribution industry in China.

The two companies have successfully completed the deployment of the solution at select Beijing Wangfujing Department Store Group stores in Beijing. This initiative has brought 2000 of Wangfujing Group's suppliers onto the platform, allowing them to exchange business information; arrange payments online; and access purchase orders, returns, payment status, inventory levels and analysis of sales data. When the system is fully operational throughout the group's stores in 17 cities across China by the end of 2009, the group will be able to share the supply chain information real-time with 20,000 suppliers.

The IBM and eFuture SaaS Solution is delivered through the Web to the authorized suppliers of the retail businesses. With just an Internet-connected terminal, an authorized supplier can log onto the system with designated username and password to handle all their business transactions from order processing to settlement, and monitor the transactions. Meanwhile, retailers can also monitor the entire process including orders, delivery, inventory and payment n a transparent and automated manner.

IBM and eFuture started their collaboration in 2005 to develop software for China's retail industry. IBM integrated its SaaS infrastructure platform, designed and developed by IBM China Research Lab, with eFuture's industry solutions. The end-to-end SaaS Solution, running on WebSphere Application Server and DB2 database, is based on IBM's advanced SOA technology. The solution covers supply chain execution, task tracking and performance measurement. IBM is also responsible for the post-launch operation and maintenance service.

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