Briscoe Group chooses SAP

New ZealandNZX listed retailer Briscoe Group Limited (NZX: BGR) has selected SAP and CIBER Novasoft to deliver a new business system platform, NovaRetail, based on the SAP for Retail software solution.

“Our company sought an affordable, top value solution for better managing inventory, replenishment and promotional activities,” says Geoff Scowcroft, Chief Financial Officer of Briscoe Group. “SAP represents the best fit for us, and we are looking forward to building a long term relationship with CIBER Novasoft, which is quickly establishing a strong local presence, leveraging its international retail experience as well as SAP’s global expertise.”

Based on SAP for Retail, NovaRetail is a fully integrated and pre-configured packaged solution from CIBER Novasoft designed specifically for midsize retail organisations. It includes SAP’s mySAP ERP platform and SAP for Retail industry solution, implementation services, training and future application support as a packaged solution offering.

The first stage of the project began at the start of this year with financials (accounts payable, accounts receivable and general ledger) due to be implemented by July. This will be followed by a ‘live’ trial, involving selected suppliers, of the more complex inventory and merchandising system implementation. The new solution will integrate with existing point of sale software. The project is expected to span two years so all brands operated by Briscoe Group can be integrated under the new system.

“We’re extremely pleased Briscoe Group has selected SAP as its core software provider,” said Ian Black, Managing Director of SAP New Zealand. “We’re delighted to build on our strong local retail and partner community with Briscoe Group, through the hard work and retail industry expertise of our strategic partner CIBER Novasoft.”

“CIBER Novasoft has a heritage of adding value through SAP implementations in many industry sectors around the world, and in the Australasian market we focus on retail and wholesale business solutions,” says Michael Niestroy, Managing Director of CIBER Novasoft New Zealand. “It’s a pleasure for my team to be working with the Briscoe Group and SAP to establish a new platform with business processes that will help them achieve their strategic objectives. NovaRetail solutions enable companies to cost-effectively implement an optimised SAP retail solution with a proven methodology and change management toolset that helps to reduce cost and risk through the project.”

About Briscoe Group Limited

Briscoe Group retailing interests include 38 Briscoes Homeware stores, the nine specialty gift and homeware stores of Living & Giving, the newly created Urban Loft store and 27 Rebel Sport stores. The Group has consolidated revenues of approximately $370 million.