Piggly Wiggly goes to market with Infor and Genero

Irving, Dallas, Texas – April 2nd, 2007 Infor, a $2Bn leading supplier of industry specific enterprise software and Piggly Wiggly®, America’s first true self-service grocery store, have entered into an agreement to deploy its Infor SCM warehouse supply chain management software supporting 125 users. Infor SCM is developed with Four Js Development Tools Genero and makes heavy use of its Web Client technology.

Infor SCM is a proven, advanced WMS software solution for manufacturing, distribution, and retail enterprises and third-party logistics providers (3PLs) that can be used by enterprising organizations of all sizes. It helps companies maximize product placement strategies, prioritize tasks, implement fair productivity standards, and increase logistics efficiency.

“The pressure is on most businesses to adapt to the effects of globalization with greater speed and precision,” said Bob Ervien, Director, HW Sales & Alliances, Infor. “As a result, customers are driving change with behavior that is creating a new breed of retailer. Four Js Genero is a key piece of the puzzle that enables us to capture that market and deliver our vision.”

About Piggly Wiggly

Piggly Wiggly was founded in Memphis, Tennessee in 1916 by Clarence Saunders. In grocery stores of that time, shoppers presented their orders to clerks who gathered the goods from the store shelves. Saunders, a flamboyant and innovative man, noticed this method resulted in wasted time and man hours, so he came up with an unheard-of solution that would revolutionize the entire grocery industry: he developed a way for shoppers to serve themselves.

Retail visionary Clarence Saunders 
Father of the modern super-market

Despite predictions that this new kind of store would fail, the first Piggly Wiggly opened September 6, 1916 at 79 Jefferson Street in Memphis. Operating under the unusual name Piggly Wiggly, it was unlike any other grocery store of that time. Shopping baskets, open shelves, no clerks to shop for the customer — unheard of!

Piggly Wiggly Corporation, established by Saunders when he opened the first store in Memphis, secured the self-service format and issued franchises to hundreds of grocery retailers for the operation of Piggly Wiggly stores.

Piggly Wiggly® Firsts

Piggly Wiggly’s introduction of self-service grocery shopping truly revolutionized the grocery industry. In fact, many of the conveniences and services that American shoppers now enjoy were introduced first by Piggly Wiggly®.

Piggly Wiggly was the FIRST to…

…provide checkout stands.
…price mark every item in the store.
…give shoppers more for their food dollar through high volume/low profit margin retailing.
…feature a full line of nationally advertised brands.
…use refrigerated cases to keep produce fresher longer.
…put employees in uniforms for cleaner, more sanitary food handling. …design and use patented fixtures and equipment throughout the store.
…franchise independent grocers to operate under the self-service method of food merchandising.