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Celerant Launches Stratus Retail POS at NRF 2014

Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic
Published On: January 21 2014

At the recently held NRF 2014 conference, Celerant Technology announced its new retail management system, Stratus Retail. This thin-client JavaScript-based point-of-sale (POS) solution allows access via any Internet-enabled device, including tablets and smartphones.
 
Since 1999, Celerant has offered hundreds of primarily North American midsize retailers POS, inventory management, data warehousing/mining, integrated ecommerce, mobile applications, and back office software functionality. The vendor’s founding concept is to provide retailers with real-time multi-channel inventory visibility. This means that all retail channels are integrated seamlessly, with one centralized database, providing real-time visibility throughout the enterprise. In other words, the POS software at the retail store(s), e-commerce site, mail/phone order and catalog, and warehouse are all integrated within one, real-time system, eliminating the need to re-enter data and online orders.
 
The full rollout of the Stratus Retail suite has been initiated with Stratus POS, which can stand alone or integrate with the existing Celerant Command Retail e-commerce and mobile commerce suites. The current flagship Celerant Command Retail is a real-time retail management system that manages all areas of a retail organization in a single integrated system.
 
Updates to Stratus Retail include full back-end functionality and are scheduled for release in 2014, at which time it will become the new flagship offering, with Command Retail being relegated to legacy. The purpose of Stratus is to offer a Web-based and complete retail system to the small-to-mid market, which operates on any mobile device.
 
Celerant’s typical client is a specialty retailer in soft or hard goods, primarily apparel, footwear, gifts, outdoor, sporting goods, furniture, etc. Stratus will provide a single system that manages all aspects/channels of retail and allows for fulfillment from any/all store locations in addition to the central warehouse. Retailers using the system should see their overall costs and labor reduced, as there will be less installation, hardware, and maintenance. Another benefit of the software is that it offers flexibility in terms of design and customizations at various levels of users.
 
The vision for Stratus is to go up-market, as many larger retailers should benefit from having a Web-based retail solution, which can still operate on their legacy POS hardware. These operations won't have to do a complete hardware overhaul and can get several more years out of their existing equipment. When retailers are ready to move to mobile devices, they can do so naturally and with ease, as the system can be already accessed by a browser. Celerant envisions that the lower market will benefit as well, considering the reduced overall operational costs.

 
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