This morning Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is delivering the keynote at the National Retail Federation Annual Convention & Expo and not unexpectedly there are some coordinated Microsoft announcements:
Today at the National Retail Federation Annual Convention & Expo in New York, Microsoft Corp. announced the release of Microsoft Dynamics™ – Point of Sale 2.0 and Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System (RMS) 2.0, furthering Microsoft’s commitment to delivering best-in-class solutions that combine ease of use, rich automation, and outstanding integration with other Microsoft® products and technologies. Microsoft also announced a complete PC-based point-of-sale and integrated payments solution that it will deliver with First Data Corporation and HP.
More details on the latter in First Data, Microsoft and HP Deliver a Completely Automated Point-of-Sale Solution for Small Retailers.
Furthering its commitment to delivering versatile retail software that meets the unique needs of small retailers, Microsoft Corp. today announced new relationships with three well-known hardware manufacturers to provide point-of-sale (POS) terminals pre-loaded with Microsoft® Point of Sale software. The company today also debuted the latest version of Microsoft Retail Management System featuring multiple enhancements as well as improved integration with Microsoft Dynamics™ GP financial management software.
Microsoft has teamed with retail POS hardware manufacturers Casio Inc., DigiPoS Systems Group and HP to introduce complete hardware and software solutions that deliver versatility and reliability for smaller retailers. These vendors’ offerings feature Microsoft Point of Sale — an easy-to-use, affordable application that enables small, independent retailers to track and manage sales, inventory and customer information — packaged with hardware and peripherals to simplify the purchasing, deployment and implementation processes for retailers.
The release of Microsoft Retail Management System 1.3 brings improved overall performance to small and midsize businesses, including improved scalability to meet the needs of midsize retailers. Enhanced integration of the software’s Headquarters module with Microsoft Dynamics GP creates greater business agility and financial management reach, including better coordination and tracking of store and headquarters information between the two applications, the ability to better track inventory throughout the supply chain, improved visibility into sales transactions at the individual store level, and deeper insights into general ledger activities.
Microsoft Corp. today made available an integrated solution for small-business retailers in the U.S., combining Microsoft® Office Small Business Accounting 2006 with Microsoft Point of Sale or Microsoft Retail Management System. This free software add-in allows retailers to transfer point-of-sale data, such as transactions and purchase orders, directly into their financial management software. In addition to dramatic time savings and the reduction of manual data entry, the key benefit to small-business retailers is the ability to manage cash flow more effectively, thus helping improve profitability.