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DALLAS -- 7-Eleven signed a five-year, $55 million contract with Hewlett-Packard to install and maintain customized servers, computers and printers for 5,300 U.S. stores, reported the Associated Press.
Dallas-based 7-Eleven is using the HP equipment to replace a system installed in the late 1990s by NCR.
Keith Morrow, 7-Eleven's chief information officer, said the new system would allow for computer-based training in each store and let headquarters track sales at each location. It will also speed up administrative tasks such as processing cash reports and end-of-shift totals, he said.
"It'll help store managers spend more time with customers and suppliers and employees instead of sitting in front of a computer," Morrow said. The technology should also help the company spot consumer trends and changing business conditions, he added.
HP finished putting equipment in 7-Eleven's U.S. stores by the end of May. At the same time, the convenience store chain installed its own software to predict daily demand for perishable goods. 7-Eleven also expects the technology to improve tailoring of each store's offerings; the average 7-Eleven carries 2,500 items, but they vary by region.