January 16, 2017 – Cegid, a leading player in digital transformation and global provider of cloud services and management software, has announced the launch of its global cloud for the retail industry. The new cloud solution, powered by Microsoft’s Azure platform, will be available in Europe in March 2017 and in North America during the second half of the year.
Cegid: long-standing partner to retailers worldwide
Cegid, a leading provider of cloud services and software, has been working with retailers for over 25 years, developing solutions designed to help them run their retail operations. With its Yourcegid Retail Y2 solution, Cegid constantly adapts to technological, business and regulatory developments that impact retailers and their business activities.
Yourcegid Retail Y2 is a modular, integrated and customer-centric solution retailers can use to:
- execute omnichannel retail strategy;
- ensure fast and flexible management of their store networks, regardless of where their stores are located in the world;
- optimize supply chain and inventory ;
- digitize all the consumer touch points and provide a unified commerce experience;
- provide an enhanced customer experience and boost customer loyalty.
A cloud-based, industry-specific solution
Retailers rely on a business model that tends to work in fits and starts, including new store openings, redefining assortments, international rollouts. In addition, compliance with new security requirements affecting strategic data has become a major issue in the retail industry.
“Introducing the Cegid global retail cloud on Microsoft Azure will ensure that specialty retailers can keep pace with the fast-moving changes affecting the industry. Their international growth will be boosted by a global cloud solution designed specifically for their business, and they will be able to concentrate on issues with higher added value, such as sales operations and customer relations,” explains Nathalie Echinard, Director of Vertical Markets at Cegid from Cegid.
“This announcement is part of the strategic partnership with Cegid we established a little over a year ago, with the goal of supporting businesses in their digital transformation, symbolized by the distribution of Office 365,” says Alain Bernard, Director of the MS and Partners Division at Microsoft France. “This new phase, based on supporting retail customers in their international growth, meets our goal of supporting Cegid to become a world leader in the retail industry. The Microsoft Azure solution, with its geographic coverage, capacity to handle peak loads and integrate security features and technological innovation, plays an important part in meeting our goal.”
Benefits provided by the partnership include the availability of Point of Delivery (POD) in several strategic geographic areas around the world, ensuring optimal use of Yourcegid Retail solutions worldwide, regardless of where retailers are headquartered or their stores located.
Present in close to 75 countries with solutions available in 25 languages, Cegid has a track record in providing tried and tested expertise for the global retail industry. Cegid currently works with leading retailers to support their international development, including Asics, Louis Pion, Paul Smith and Carré Blanc, which have been using the solution in SaaS mode for several years. The launch of the worldwide cloud solution will speed up Cegid’s international growth in this sector.
The Yourcegid Retail Y2 solution currently offers businesses various benefits:
- the option of opening new stores quickly and easily throughout the world and expanding their retail network by freeing them from the operational constraints of their information and management systems so they can better focus on their core business;
- the solution meets their cyber security needs by providing an architecture capable of storing strategic data in a secure cloud;
- their business activities are supported throughout the year, even during the busiest periods thanks to a fully scalable approach;
- retailers can easily incorporate and consolidate regulatory changes applicable in each country.
The new Cegid global cloud powered by Microsoft Azure will be available in Europe in March 2017 and in North America in the second half of the year.
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Cegid is a leading player in the digital transformation of companies and public entities, improving the performance of its customers with its cloud services and enterprise software. Cegid offers solutions in the fields of finance, tax management and human resources, as well as vertical business solutions for the retail, manufacturing, trade and services sectors, the accounting profession and the public sector. Leveraging an ambitious innovation strategy, Cegid’s solutions integrate the new ways people use technology, from mobility, cloud-based services and paperless documents to data analysis and collaborative industry platforms. Cegid is an international group with more than 2,200 employees located throughout France and in 15 other countries. Serving more than 120,000 clients and 430,000 users, including over 150,000 in SaaS mode, Cegid achieved revenues of USD315 million in 2015. For more information, visit www.cegid.com/us