January 18, 2016 08:00 ET

Infor and Kurt Salmon Team Up to Bring Next Generation Retail Solutions Into the Social and Digital Age

New Market Strategy Puts Focus on Changing the Way Retail Runs in Grocery, Chain Drugstores, Fashion, Luxury Goods, Restaurants, and Hardlines

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - January 18, 2016) -  Infor, a leading provider of beautiful business applications specialized by industry and built for the cloud, today announced plans to collaborate with Kurt Salmon, a global management consulting firm, in bringing next generation retail solutions into the social and digital age. Through the combination of Kurt Salmon's industry experience and Infor's cloud-enabled, robust, retail-specific applications, this new market alignment provides retailers with the speed of innovation needed to navigate such a complex marketplace.

"Both Kurt Salmon and Infor understand innovation and what is needed for the next generation of retail. We are partnering together to bring the value and expertise of each organization to retailers and their customers, delivering modern capabilities, technologies and analytics consistent with the ones we all use in our everyday lives," said Al Sambar, managing director, Retail and Consumer Goods, North America, Kurt Salmon. "Our companies attack conventional thinking around business processes that existed in an industry pre-social, pre-mobile, and pre-omni channel, and each respective team has extensive experience solving complex issues facing today's retailers, in a manner that is consistent with 21st century thinking."

Infor and Kurt Salmon plan to work together to reduce the need for customization and are focusing on delivering solutions that generate significant speed to value through a cloud strategy. Kurt Salmon plans to leverage its unparalleled industry expertise and thought leadership to work with retailers on implementing a solution that is specific to their needs, including solutions that address the need to engage today's hyper-connected consumers on a personal and social level.

"Like Infor, Kurt Salmon shares the same DNA and passion toward radically disrupting an industry that has a growing appetite for new thought leadership. We are aligning to leverage the value and expertise of each organization, and to deliver new, modern and innovative solutions together to the industry," said Corey Tollefson, senior vice president and general manager, Infor Retail. "Retail the way it should be."

Infor CloudSuite™ Retail, a new holistic, cloud-based retail management solution planned to be generally available later this year, will support all formats and types of retailing -- including online, brick-and-mortar, social, mobile, fashion, hardlines, and grocery -- on a global scale. The suite will be architected and delivered in a way that allows retailers to take advantage of next generation capabilities incrementally without ripping and replacing legacy platforms.

About Kurt Salmon:

Kurt Salmon is a global management consulting firm dedicated to building the market leaders of tomorrow. More than just partnering with our clients, we ally with them, integrating ourselves seamlessly into their organizations in order to develop innovative, customized solutions for their 21st-century business issues. Succeeding in today's increasingly complex, consumer-driven environment is an enormous challenge. But companies need to look beyond today; they need to position themselves for continued success in the even more uncertain future. That's where Kurt Salmon comes in. We call it delivering "Success for What's Next." The results are transformative.

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About Infor

Infor builds beautiful business applications with last mile functionality and scientific insights for select industries delivered as a cloud service. With 13,000 employees and customers in more than 200 countries and territories, Infor automates critical processes for industries including healthcare, manufacturing, fashion, wholesale distribution, hospitality, retail, and public sector. Infor software helps eliminate the need for costly customization through embedded deep industry domain expertise. Headquartered in New York City, Infor is also home to one of the largest creative agencies in Manhattan, Hook & Loop, focused on delivering a user experience that is fun and engaging. Infor deploys its applications primarily on the Amazon Web Services cloud and open source platforms. To learn more about Infor, please visit

Infor customers include:

  • 18 of the top 20 aerospace companies
  • 10 of the top 10 high tech companies
  • 10 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies
  • 21 of the 25 largest U.S. healthcare delivery networks
  • 18 of the 20 largest U.S. cities
  • 20 of the top 20 automotive suppliers
  • 17 of the top 20 industrial distributors
  • 15 of the top 20 global retailers
  • 4 of the top 5 brewers
  • 21 of the top 30 global banks
  • 6 of the 10 largest global hotel brands
  • 6 of the top 10 global luxury brands

This announcement reflects the direction Infor may take with regard to the specific product(s) described herein, all of which is subject to change by Infor in its sole discretion, with or without notice to you. This announcement is not a commitment to you in any way and you should not rely on this document or any of its content in making any decision. Infor is not committing to develop or deliver any specified enhancement, upgrade, product or functionality, even if such is described in this announcement and even if such description is accompanied by words such as "anticipate," "believe," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "project," "predict," "should," "will," and/or similar expressions. Many factors can affect Infor's product development plans and the nature, content and timing of future product releases, all of which remain in the sole discretion of Infor. This announcement, in whole or in part, may not be incorporated into any contractual agreement with Infor or its subsidiaries or affiliates. Infor expressly disclaims any liability with respect to this announcement.

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