UCS Software Manufacturing (UCSSM) has secured the first UK deal for its ActiveRetail software suite with furniture retailer The Pier. The order is worth an initial R1-million.

UCSSM's UK partner, Arnel, will pilot ActiveRetail at The Pier's Glasgow stores and, if successful, will roll the suite out at the furniture group's other 40 outlets around the UK.
Michael Dege, outsourced product development (OPD) executive at UCSSM, says: "Our development machine is tuned to deliver software that meet our clients' product needs. This contract, won by our customer in one of the most competitive retail product markets, proves unequivocally that our OPD teams build products that meet the rigorous and evolving requirements of the competitive marketplace."

ActiveRetail provides retailers with a complete, flexible and scalable retail management solution comprising head office, branch management and store-based points of service that is able to grow with the changing demands of today's retailers, he adds.

Dege says that the UCSSM OPD teams leverage unique development processes, designs and component libraries that enable complete product lifecycle management on behalf of independent software vendors (ISVs).

"Our teams understand the needs of the retail in-store target market and end users and we deliver quality software in a multi-platform, multi-deployment world," Dege says.