I am in all likelihood going to be working for RADS after I graduate this May, and I went to the company HQ in Atlanta today to shadow some RADSers and also found out a little more about this. Radiant's current main product line is a full solution to retail sales needs, from Point-of-sale systems to back-office maintenance systems and HQ systems (including decision support and inventory management). This full-service solution is very high-tech and solves many needs of customers (Ameriking, Amoco, Chick-fil-a, etc...) but its cost makes it available to only large corporations such as these. With retailenterprise.com (and the general WAVE system that retailenterprise.com is a part of), Radiant is planning to also become an Applications Service Provider for retail stores, and reach out more to both:a)the smaller corporations with only a few stores andb)groups that perhaps only run a few franchises of a larger corporationwho cannot afford to implement a customized Radiant solution for their retail needs. Companies will sign up for a monthly subscriber fee (I have no idea what this would be) and be able to access certain modules of store management software (i.e. everything from Labor Maintenance to Online Purchase Orders to online DSS), which could be picked from (if the company only needed Labor for instance), all of which will be available on the retailenterprise.com site. In addition to this, Radiant plans to cultivate an online community among these retailers on retailenterprise.com that would allow for collective ordering from large vendors, discussion on current retail issues (message boards like this!) and also an online auction site where items used in retail can be sold (e.g. a Chick-fil-a goes out of business and needs to sell its chicken friers). This "community" idea is similar to other online communities already in place (arriba?) but Radiant believes it will become much more successful that these because of the ASP side of the website. All in all, retailenterprise.com is the beginning of RADS's push to use the power of the internet to make physical retail sites more powerful and profitable. There are many more VERY exciting developments around the corner in both retailenterprise.com and the RADS-AOL venture. Just wait!HTH,Scythen
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