Calgary Co-op Customers Now Have Self-Checkout Option from StoreNext

Installation of Fujitsu U-Scan Systems Helps Canadian Retailer Address Regional Labor Shortages

     DALLAS – July 8, 2008 – Calgary Co-operative Association Limited (Calgary Co-op) has completed a chain-wide rollout of self-checkout that has enhanced customer service and shopper satisfaction. The new technology from StoreNext Retail Technologies LLC, a subsidiary of Retalix Ltd. (Nasdaq: RTLX), provides additional checkout options for customers at Calgary Co-op’s retail food centers throughout Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

     The project, completed in early April by StoreNext dealer AM/PM Service, integrates Fujitsu U-Scan self-checkout systems with StoreNext’s ISS45 point-of-sale systems. With unemployment in the Calgary metropolitan area averaging just 3.2 percent over the past 10 years, the shortage of retail service personnel contributed to the project’s importance.

     “Our stores are seeing an increasing number of customers using the self-checkout lanes,” said Donna Burn, vice president of member and public relations for Calgary Co-op. “This has taken pressure off of our staffed checkout lanes during a time when Calgary is experiencing continuing labor shortages.”

     Research from Statistics Canada indicates that the retail sector will need to add 25,000 jobs over the next 10 years, an increase of 35 percent from 2007 figures.

     The successful pilot installation in April 2007 led to an all-enterprise retrofit schedule, installing U-Scan in additional retail centers at approximately one-week intervals. In each store, Calgary Co-op replaced one or two of its up-to-21 standard checkout lanes with four U-Scan self-checkout units. After a pause for the holiday shopping season the rollout continued in January 2008 to the remaining retail centers, until 88 self-checkout units overall were operating in the Co-op’s 22 food centers.

     “By upgrading their technology chain-wide, Calgary Co-op has ensured a smooth checkout environment for its customers and staff alike,” said Ray Carlin, president and CEO of StoreNext. “We’re pleased to see such positive results right from the beginning, with thousands of shoppers opting for self-checkout.”

     All of Calgary Co-op stores also use StoreNext’s ISS45 point-of-sale (POS) software system. StoreNext’s ISS45 transaction processing architecture is designed for the extreme performance requirements of today’s challenging supermarket business, in addition to many important time-saving and shopper-service features.

     U-Scan is Fujitsu’s family of self-checkout systems, featuring a space-saving footprint and an intuitive shopper interface that speeds customers through the self-checkout process.

     AM/PM Service has provided POS systems, software and support to Calgary Co-op for more than 12 years and is one of Canada’s largest point-of-sale and service companies.

 

 

About Calgary Co-operative Association Limited

Locally owned and operated, Calgary Co-op is one of the largest retail co-operatives in North America, with more than 425,000 members, 4,000 employees, $352 million in assets and annual sales of $998 million. Calgary Co-op has 22 retail shopping centers, 22 pharmacies, 26 gas bars, nine travel offices and 15 liquor stores located in Calgary, Airdrie, Strathmore and Okotoks, Alberta. For more information, please visit www.calgarycoop.com.