JDA Software Group Inc., a provider of software applications for the retail industry, yesterday announced a new series of products designed for electronic commerce.
The Scottsdale, Arizona-based company will show both its upcoming and current products at the annual NRF retailers conference, held Jan. 16 to Jan. 19 at New York's Jacob Javits Center, according to a statement.
Among the upcoming products to be demonstrated is JDA Store Portals, planned for general release in the first quarter. Via a personalized browser interface, employees, customers and suppliers can get real-time information and access to the company's host-based applications. These include Merchandise Management System and its inventory management system, called Open DataBase Merchandising System (ODBMS), as well as other sources of information, the company said.
The common browser interface should help stores improve customer service and simplify training, JDA said in its statement.
JDA also announced its Arthur E-Planning Portal, designed for collaborative planning over the Internet so that retailers can work with manufacturers, suppliers and other trading partners. A preview of the product will be shown at the retailers conference.
Also on view will be the latest version of JDA's merchandising system, ODBMS version 4.1. The product will be released in January, the company said. The software includes changes such as easier navigation, work flow management and data maintenance, according to JDA.
JDA will also show its recently launched product MMS.com (Merchandise Management System.com), a software package designed for IBM Corp.'s AS/400 environment that lets retailers set up an integrated Web store.
Furthermore, JDA is in the process of developing a retailing sales product that combines its inventory management system with front-end "E-Merchandizing" software from a company called Blue Martini. The product will become available over the course of 2000, the company said.
All was not smooth sailing for JDA in 1999. Its revenues in the third quarter of 1999 fell 9 percent, and it reported an operating loss of US$608,000, citing a sharp decline in its North American software revenues.
JDA Software, in Scottsdale, Arizona, can be contacted at +1-480-308-3000, or at http://www.jda.com/.