SOURCE: OneNeck IT Services

August 22, 2005 07:00 ET

OneNeck Announces Point of Sale Support for Russell Stover Candies

Retail Solution Support Enables Strategic Growth Initiative for Boxed Chocolate Manufacturer

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 22, 2005 -- OneNeck IT Services announced support of the JDA retail solution for Russell Stover Candies, Inc., the largest producer of fine boxed chocolates in the United States. The scope of services for support of the Point of Sale (POS) system includes management of the application server, monitoring of the retail infrastructure network, and support center services for up to 100 retail stores and their POS devices.

As part of Russell Stover's retail store growth initiative, the company implemented the JDA retail solution to manage sales and inventory while driving merchandise strategies at their growing number of retail locations located throughout the United States. The solution provides a new robust automated solution that consolidates management of pricing, products, promotions and reporting in a way that has not been done previously.

"This system enables us to facilitate the management of the retail business channel for our organization," commented David Copas, Senior Vice President of IS and Logistics at Russell Stover. "Implementing an inventory management and store system solution like this ensures growth for our line of retail stores which carry premium merchandise."

Services in OneNeck's ongoing outsourcing contract for Russell Stover Candies include data center operations, application and database administration, application development and functional support, WAN/LAN support and RF data gathering support to over 1400 users worldwide. OneNeck's expanded scope of support services will provide Russell Stover with the ability to leverage additional applications to enable strategic business solutions.

"We are proud of the type of relationship we have with Russell Stover that provides us with additional opportunities such as this," stated Chuck Vermillion, CEO of OneNeck. "OneNeck has successfully demonstrated our ability to adapt, grow and serve our customers as their business needs change. We will continue to provide Russell Stover with flexible and reliable technology solutions to meet their current and future needs."

About Russell Stover:

From their famous boxed chocolates with the distinctive bow packaging to their #1 selling Valentine boxed chocolates, Russell Stover Candies has dedicated over 89 years to making "Only the Finest" in boxed chocolates. The company was started in 1923 by Clara and Russell Stover in their bungalow home in Denver, Colorado. Three quarters of a century later, family-owned Russell Stover Candies is the largest boxed chocolate manufacturer and the 3rd largest chocolate manufacturer in the United States with annual sales in excess of $400 million. And true to tradition, Russell Stover Candies are still made using the same recipes and techniques that Clara and Russell established in 1923. Today Russell Stover is the largest hand-dipper of candy in the country, making over 25 million hand-dipped pieces each year. "Our company is bound in tradition. Tinkering with those traditions would change who we are and what our customers have grown to expect from us," said Scott Ward, President of the company. "At Russell Stover innovation comes not from changing the old, but in developing something new." For store locations, products or company information visit them on the web at

About OneNeck:

OneNeck IT Services is the leading ERP outsourcing services provider to mid-market manufacturing and distribution companies. OneNeck supports a variety of ERP applications, including SSA Baan, J.D. Edwards and Microsoft Business Solutions' Axapta. The company offers a wide range of services including application, database and network management, data center management, 24 x 7 customer support, disaster recovery and desktop support. OneNeck's global solutions enable customers to improve ERP system performance and leverage their enterprise applications to deliver measurable business benefits. Additional information may be found on the OneNeck IT Services Web site at

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