Montreal-based Metro Inc. has selected SwedaMart, Toronto-based Sweda’s latest point-of-sale application, for its Point-of-Sale check-out screens at all Metro and Super C grocery stores across Quebec.
Metro and Sweda completed a successful pilot installation and began the chain-wide SwedaMart implementation a year ago. All Super C stores and many Metro banner stores have now been successfully converted and all the remaining stores in Québec will be fully converted before the end of fiscal 2009.
“While we have worked with Metro for 15 years, the supermarket chain is consolidating all its screens with our software,” says Peter Chan, Sweda’s COO. “The new system is more flexible than what it used before, and allows Metro to do store promotion of its labels and other applications.”
Checkouts vary in Metro stores according to their size but average about nine terminals per store.
“We are very pleased with Sweda in delivering the technology in our stores,” says Jacques Couture, vice-president, information Systems, Metro. “Sweda has provided us with a smooth migration with no disruption to our operation.”
Sweda has been in Canada about 50 years, starting as a cash register company. With a long history in the retail industry, Sweda offers its software solutions to customers largely in the food and food services industry. (Second Cup outlets in Toronto and Loblaw supermarkets are among other customers.)
SwedaMart is an open-standards, hardware and operating system independent POS solution with rich functions and features. It offers an advanced and flexible promotion module that can help retailers to implement loyalty strategies and powerful promotional pricing programs.
With annual sales of CA$11 billion and over 65,000 employees, Metro Inc. is a leader in the food and pharmaceutical sectors in Québec and Ontario, where it operates a network of close to 600 food stores under several banners including Metro, Metro Plus, Super C and Food Basics, as well as over 250 pharmacies under the Brunet, Clini Plus, The Pharmacy and Drug Basics banners.