The first shortlisting recognises the achievements of a project team comprised of the Jacques Vert Group Plc and suppliers Maple Lake and Retail Assist. The project was driven by the requirement to implement a supply chain solution central to the group’s multichannel growth strategy in respect of its Jacques Vert, Planet, Precis and Windsmoor brands.
The second shortlisting acknowledges the success of Retail Assist’s relationship with Aurora Fashions, the group behind women’s fashion brands Coast, Warehouse and Oasis. Since February 2011, the Aurora Fashions and Karen Millen IT team has been fully outsourced to Retail Assist. During that time, the IT team has delivered projects including Mobile EPoS, 90-minute delivery, international websites, f-commerce storefronts and a new ‘Ship from Store’ initiative.
Alan Morris, Retail Assist Executive Chairman, comments: “We’re very proud to have been shortlisted for two awards this year. Both demonstrate the value of the collaborative culture and shared expertise that the right outsourcing model can deliver. Both Aurora Fashions and Jacques Vert consider us an integral part of their IT operations and the business success that has come from working together is testimony to this. Selective IT outsourcing can give retailers cost-effective and flexible access to a depth and breadth of skills that are indispensable in today’s market.”
The winners of ‘Project Implementation of the Year’, ‘IT Team of the Year’ and other categories will be announced on the evening of Tuesday 19th June at a ceremony at The Lancaster London.
Retail Assist Limited
Retail Assist is a leading retail-only IT solutions and services company, providing UK and international retailers with end-to-end business applications and services that reduce costs, optimise retail operations and support higher revenues. The company was the first retail-only IT services provider to be awarded ISO20000 accreditation by the BSI.
Retail Assist clients include ASOS, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, WDF, A|Wear, Paperchase, Whistles, Aurora Fashions, Karen Millen, The White Company, Odin Retail, Tec7, Mint Velvet, Jane Norman, REISS, Crew2000, VUE, Signet, Jacques Vert, Precis, Windsmoor, Planet and White Stuff.
With its Retail Solutions Retail Assist excels in developing, integrating, deploying and supporting customised systems. These include its award-winning Merret supply chain solution. Merret is a real-time, multi-currency, multi-channel merchandising, warehousing and stock control solution that covers all areas of the retail supply process. Through working with third parties, Retail Assist also integrates and delivers EPoS systems.
In Managed IT Services, Retail Assist’s proven offerings include 24/365 Help Desk, Technical Services, Operations, Data Centre, Hardware Maintenance and Disaster Recovery. Professional Services cover Retail Business Consultancy and Project Services.