Whole Foods Market and Infor today announced a partnership designed to redefine retail management software.
"The new retail platform we will co-create with Infor will be unlike anything currently on the market, better leveraging major technology advances to deliver much more value at lower cost," said Jason Buechel, Whole Foods Market executive vice president and chief information officer. "With Infor, Whole Foods Market has found a partner ideally suited to help us co-create a new retail platform that enables a more efficient, connected enterprise with greater visibility, flexibility, insight, and ease-of-use for our team members - all while delivering a better end-to-end shopping experience for our customers."
The companies will build a new, cloud-based retail management solution for Whole Foods Market that is expected to enable the grocer to operate faster and more efficiently while enhancing customer experience. The new retail management suite, Infor CloudSuite™ Retail, will also be made available to companies in the retail industry. Whole Foods Market - the first national "certified organic" grocer -will become a working lab for Infor development engineers and designers from Hook & Loop, Infor's Manhattan-based internal design agency.
"Over the last five years, Infor has pioneered the modernization of enterprise software, from the focus on design as a core competency, to the embrace of open source technology, to the delivery of mission-critical ERP in a multi-tenant cloud," said Infor President Duncan Angove. "By partnering with Whole Foods Market, a company that shares our vision, values, and culture, Infor is poised to disrupt the retail software industry, helping companies use data science to drive real-time decisions and a consistent, beautiful experience that keeps customers coming back again-and-again."