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Distributed Electronic Shopping and Integrated Retail Logistics for Europe

Objective

The retail sector is of crucial economic importance to the European economy and is an important application area for IT. Of particular interest within the wider field of IT for the retail sector is the area of electronic shopping. The future lifestyle of each European citizen will be strongly influenced by electronic shopping. Today this area is characterised by isolated IT systems which lack coherence or standardisation and are integrated at a very low level.

EUROSHOP focuses on a variety of in-shop and out-of-shop shopping scenarios and the related services, networks and logistics. These scenarios are a subset of a general multiple department store scenario, and the development of hardware/software prototypes in the project corresponds to the sub-scenarios.
Of particular interest within the field of information technology (IT) for the retail sector is the area of electronic shopping. Today this area is characterized by isolated IT systems which lack coherence or standardization and are integrated at a very low level.

The distributed electronic shopping and integrated retail logistics for Europe (EUROSHOP) project focuses on a variety of in shop and out of shop shopping scenarios and the related services, networks and logistics. These scenarios are a subset of a general multiple department store scenario, and the development of hardware/software prototypes in the project corresponds to the subscenarios.

The following prototypes are being developed:
integration of Spanish electronic funds transfer protocols at point of sale and furniture catalogue at information point;
store guide, gift service point;
fast checkout terminal at point of sale;
server integrating different services, including electronic data interchange (EDI) via the integrated services digital network (ISDN);
wireless connection between point of sale and server at point of sale.

These prototypes are being tested in real shop environments and the customer system interaction is being evaluated. The wireless connection has been incorporated into a product line and the Spanish electronic funds transfer protocol prototype has been used to develop a system has been installed in the almost 100 stores of a Spanish fashion chain.

Coordinator

Siemens Nixdorf Informationssysteme AG
Address
Fürstenallee 7
33102 Paderborn
Germany

Participants (5)

CORTE INGLES
Spain
Address
Hermosilla, 112
28009 Madrid
GIE-RECHERCHE HAUSSMANN
France
Address
27 Chaussee D'antin
75009 Paris
Littlewoods Organisation
United Kingdom
Address
J M Centre Old Hall Street
L7 1AB Liverpool
SLIGOS DIRECTION INTERNATIONALE
France
Address
3 Place De La Pyramide
92067 Paris La Defense
TELEFONICA SISTEMAS
Spain
Address
Sor Angela De La Cruz, 3
28020 Madrid