Warehouse e-commerce now set for February

The awaited launch of retail chain The Warehouse into serious e-commerce - initially planned for the Christmas season - is now not likely until February.

The awaited launch of retail chain The Warehouse into serious e-commerce is now not likely until February.

E-commerce project manager Alan Mayo says the company originally hoped to move into full-scale e-commerce by this month.

“It may have taken us longer than we expected to make a choice of [key software to run the operation],” Mayo says. “But there’s not really been a delay. It meets our timetable; we don’t want too much of a gap between announcing [the e-commerce capability] and implementing it."

The Warehouse had about 30 e-commerce software products worthy of notice pitched at it, he says. “The breadth of the product range surprised us.”

A core product has now been identified, says Mayo, but he will not yet name it for publication.

Details of the operation are still under wraps, but Computerworld understands the “blue shed” stationery stores will be first off the rank into e-commerce, with their potential for large-scale business-to-business procurement.

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