NEWS ROUNDUP

Nash Finch Rolls Out NashNetat Nash Finch here said last week they have begun rolling out a new Web-based retail solution, called NashNet, that will give independent stores supplied by Nash Finch access to information on new merchandising items, promotional offerings, online catalogs, reports, invoices and news."NashNet provides our customers with powerful tools, allowing them affordable, Internet-based

Nash Finch Rolls Out NashNet

at Nash Finch here said last week they have begun rolling out a new Web-based retail solution, called NashNet, that will give independent stores supplied by Nash Finch access to information on new merchandising items, promotional offerings, online catalogs, reports, invoices and news.

"NashNet provides our customers with powerful tools, allowing them affordable, Internet-based access to Nash Finch merchandising programs and reports from anywhere," said Ron Marshall, president and chief executive officer of Nash Finch.

Marshall said that future versions of NashNet will evolve based on customer feedback and may include pricing, planning and support solutions.

Associated Goes Live With Data System

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Officials from a chain of grocery stores operated by Associated Wholesale Grocers here said last week that it has gone live with a new centralized pricing and data management system following a five-month planning and implementation stage.

The new system is now being used at five Falley's and 26 Food-4-Less stores in Missouri and Kansas. The system is version 3.1 of TCI Solutions, Irvine, Calif., and is called Headquarters Price/Merchandising Manager (HQPMM) software.

The system is now handling all pricing functions at the two supermarket chains.

From one central file, HQPMM generates new retails for all DSD, dry goods, perishables, HBA and general merchandise. The retails are then transmitted directly to the in-store, point-of-sale system. The software also creates batches for printing new labels.