RIS LeaderBoard also Ranks Celerant as a Top 5 Overall Retail Software Company for Fourth Year in a Row

Celerant Technology Corp. ranks first as the Mid-Size Vendor Leader in the RIS News 2010 Retail Software LeaderBoard Study, for the second time. The study presents an annual ranking of the top retail software vendors worldwide based on a variety of categories to test performance, innovation, reliability, customer satisfaction and value. Celerant has also placed in the Top 5 overall retail software companies for the 4th year in a row.

“We are honored to not only be recognized in the Top 5 by the LeaderBoard, but more importantly to have maintained our Top 5 rankings for so many years in a row, receiving an even higher ranking as compared to last year,” stated Ian Goldman, Celerant President and CEO. “Our multi-channel retail solution is developed specifically for the mid-market, which is exemplified through our standing as the number one mid-size retail software vendor leader for a second time.”

Celerant provides an advanced, multi-channel retail software application, with a strong focus on technical advancements, client satisfaction, and expansion across different vertical markets. Celerant’s top rankings as an Apparel/Footwear and Specialty Retailing leader, a leader in Recommendation, and a leader in Mid-Size categories, including Overall Performance, Total Cost of Operation, Technology Innovation, and Administration/Maintenance are indicative of these goals.

“Celerant Technology, a mid-size retail software leader, comes in at number 4 on the top-20 list this year alongside such large vendors as Oracle, SAP and IBM,” stated Joe Skorupa, Editor-In-Chief of RIS News. “The retail IT vendors on this list have broad and deep strengths, not only in LeaderBoard Categories and Criteria, but in their business models and IT solutions. Celerant Technology demonstrates noteworthy achievement this year, as it does year after year, by offering a broad suite of applications and delivering a high level of Customer Satisfaction.”

Via EPR Network
More Retail press releases

CheapSingleBeds.org.uk Beats the VAT Rise with Price Busting Single Beds under £150

CheapSingleBeds.org.uk is proud to introduce its line up of price busting single beds, all of their single bed frames may be bought for under £150. At a time of year when family budgets are stretched to the limit some might struggle to discover room in their spending budget for a new bed. Numerous folks commonly wait for the January sales, but with the impending VAT improve this might not be so wise.

Provider owner Lee said “With Christmas quick approaching and rising heating bills quite a few low income families just don’t have significantly room to manoeuvre in their spending budget, so paying out a couple of hundred quid on a bed just isn’t feasible at this time of year. Even so with our range of single beds all under £150 we make it reasonably priced for virtually any budget. Our costs begin at just £69 for a basic single bed”.

VAT within the UK is set to rise to 20% on the 4th January 2011 after 15 months at 15%; it’s therefore the ideal time to purchase your additional high priced items before retailers inevitably pass on the cost to consumers.

On the subject of the VAT boost Lee said “January typically means huge discounts on beds and other furniture, nevertheless after the credit crunch several retailers have been a lot extra careful about stock levels so don’t expect huge blowout sales as we have seen in previous years, you could just come across that the price of the bed you would like has really gone up as a result of the improve in VAT”.

CheapSingleBeds.org.uk has a wide range of single beds to pick from including; metal, wooden, leather and divan beds. These single beds are ideally suited for kids’ bedrooms or the guest/spare room. Crafted using only the best supplies and to the highest quality each of their single beds offer a durable and comfortable platform to sleep on, regardless of whether it’s for your children’s bedroom or for whenever you have unexpected guests.

Via EPR Network
More Retail press releases

Stuck for Christmas Gift Ideas? Sure-fire Hits from The Handpicked Collection

Christmas is approaching faster than you think and with time running out to purchase the perfect presents for your loved ones The Handpicked Collection has put together a list of its best selling gift ideas to make shopping this Christmas totally hassle free. Some of these featured products have been best sellers for years, and in accordance with tradition, are being snapped up again for Christmas presents this year. If great minds think alike then join the hundreds of people who have made these products our best sellers and grab a guaranteed hit for Christmas this year.

Food lovers everywhere won’t fail to enjoy the Natural Slate Cheeseboard (£14.95). The slate is chic and serves as the perfect cheese board as the names of the cheeses can be written on in chalk. As an extra little something you could also include a Cheese Wire (£19.95).

The incredibly popular Photo Tray (£29.95) is a fun alternative to a photo frame and will ensure friends and family smile at memories every time drinks or tea is served. The tray comes with a mount with space for four photos; alternatively, you can remove the mount an insert one large picture or create a collage.

The Partridge Jewellery Tree (19.95) has branches that swivel to keep jewellery safe and easy to find. The tree is adorned with little birds perching on the branches and has a curved base that serves as the perfect place to keep rings and earrings.

Both men and women will be thrilled with the Black and Blum Candelabra Loop (£17.95). Whether used individually or intertwined as a pair or more these candelabra make fabulous table features.

Bestselling gifts for her this year include The Ila Pebble Alarm Keyring (£9.95), a stylish present that will also keep your loved ones safe. It acts as a keyring and, in an emergency, can emit a 130dB alarm.

Via EPR Network
More Retail press releases

Online Shopping – Employer and Security Issues

As Christmas is nearly upon us again, the last minute rush to buy the remaining presents is intensifying. But according the APACS, the UK payments association (apacs.org.uk), 85% shoppers find the high street too crowded and stressful. Therefore many of us are increasingly using the internet to buy our presents; it is easy, quick and you do not have to endure the cold weather or long queues. Also, the presents are delivered to your door within one or two days and some are even gift wrapped in the process.

We are spending online at an average rate of £4.57 million per hour in the run-up to Christmas – (IRMG – Interactive Media in Retail Group – img.org ). “38% of those sales have taken place outside of traditional shopping hours, either before 9am or after 6pm.” That surely means that 62% of those sales are placed during working hours. This is causing information security experts like commissum to fear that many shoppers will be using their company’s time and resources to do their shopping in working hours. This can open organisations up to a number of risks such as loss of productivity, reduction of available bandwidth and increase of personal email which can lead to more spam and phishing attacks. Companies are therefore advised to provide employee with awareness training such as provided by commissum.

But if the internet is such a convenient way to buy your last minute presents why aren’t we all using the online shops? After all, the online market is currently £ 1.6 billion of a potential £ 5 to £ 6 billion to be spent leading up to Christmas. Apparently one in three of us are avoiding the online shops because of the perceived dangers of fraud, commissum are therefore helping online shops to keep their systems secure with their PCI DSS related services.

At commissum we often see evidence of users not taking simple measures to reduce these risks. Neither are they aware of the risks of their actions while purchasing goods online. This is backed-up by statistics from Card watch (cardwatch.org.uk) concluding that 1 in 8 online shoppers fail to logout a shopping site and 1 in 4 online shoppers do not check whether a website is safe and secure.

Via EPR Network
More Retail press releases

Exclusive Xmas Digital Camera Deals from New DiscountVouchers.co.uk Jessops Codes

Top brand digital cameras can be had this Christmas at bargain prices thanks to the latest offers from Jessops launched by leading consumer money-saving website DiscountVouchers.co.uk.

The exclusive deals right now on the DiscountVouchers.co.uk site feature 6% off Panasonic digital cameras, and the website is also home to 15% off all digital photo frames. Consumer scan log on to the site and also get their hands on 15% off digital camera tripods, 20% off memory cards and more. www.discountvouchers.co.uk is offering these deals up until Christmas Eve on 24 December 2010.

Simon Terry, spokesperson for DiscountVouchers.co.uk, commented, “Digital cameras have become one of the most popular Christmas presents around, while digital photo frames also continue to grow in popularity with people. As people’s present buying budgets remain somewhat tight at this time of year we are delighted to be able to help out thanks to deals at top name stores like Jessops.”

DiscountVouchers.co.uk is right now also giving people the opportunity to enter into a photography competition and win a Nikon D3100 camera valued at £500. Consumers simply log on to the site and post up a festive photo before the closing date of December 6 2010.

Via EPR Network
More Retail press releases