OfficeMax revamping checkout systems

Office supplies retailer OfficeMax Inc. is replacing DOS-based point-of-sale systems in about 945 stores with new units from Wincor Nixdorf Inc.

In a deal announced Tuesday, Shaker Heights, Ohio-based OfficeMax is purchasing Wincor Nixdorf's Beetle/M POS systems for all of its stores, as well as six distribution centers and two warehouses.

The new systems, which run Microsoft Corp.'s Windows XP Embedded operating system, are replacing DOS-based POS systems from Fujitsu Ltd., according to Austin-based Wincor Nixdorf. The units will also run Fujitsu's GlobalStore POS software and will be used as in-store POS servers and POS customer checkout systems.

Each Beetle/M unit includes a 1-GHz Intel Pentium III processor, a touch-screen display and a smart-card reader. Epson TM-H6000II printers, Symbol Technologies Inc. LS1902T scanners and Hypercom Corp. ICE 6000 signature-capture terminals are also included in the deal.

About 2,000 of the new systems have already been installed throughout the chain, with another 2,000 to be installed by the end of the year.

The price tag for the transaction, which also includes installation, services and support, isn't being disclosed.

A spokesman for OfficeMax couldn't be reached for comment today.

In a statement, OfficeMax CIO Robert Bailey said his company "conducted a rigorous selection process that involved every major POS hardware vendor," and selected Wincor Nixdorf based on system quality and the ability to deliver peripherals and implementation services as well as core hardware. OfficeMax so far has experienced a reduction of almost 30 percent in customer checkout time with the new equipment, Bailey said.

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