May 24, 2005 11:28 ET

Triversity Continues Its Expansion into Asia With Latest Implementation by the DFS Group

TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - May 24, 2005) -

Transactionware Enterprise Proves Its Scalability and Flexibility as Global POS Solution for World's Largest Duty-Free Retailer

Following successful implementations of Triversity's Transactionware Enterprise in Okinawa, Japan, DFS Group, the world's largest duty-free retailer, has now gone live with Transactionware Enterprise in Hainan, China, as the company's implementation of Transactionware Enterprise continues. The installations have included different store formats, from airport stores to a flagship DFS Galleria store with 85 registers, all running on the same point-of-sale (POS) solution.

With a framework that fully incorporates the J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) standard, Transactionware Enterprise is the most cost-effective, feature-rich Java-based solution available today for POS and customer touchpoint applications throughout the enterprise. Transactionware Enterprise includes an easy-to-use configuration tool and business rules engine that allows configuration of business logic without custom programming, with the ability to instantly deploy changes to all points of customer interaction for unmatched flexibility and agility in an enterprise POS solution.

DFS Group is deploying Transactionware Enterprise running on the IBM Retail Environment for SUSE Linux (IRES) as well as the IBM J2EE middleware stack of IBM WebSphere® Application Server 5.0, IBM WebSphere MQ, and IBM DB2® Universal Database.

The combination of Transactionware Enterprise and IRES supports both the Japanese and Mandarin Chinese character sets, and DFS has used the same core set of data in both countries, enabling rapid implementation. The unique, business-rules based configurability of Transactionware Enterprise allowed the solution to quickly and easily adapt to new countries, languages, tax rules, and government requirements. Transactionware Enterprise also handles a mixture of duty-free and duty-paid purchases within the same physical store environment, a key requirement for DFS. For the Okinawa implementations, Transactionware Enterprise easily integrated with AsiaPay, Japan's leading EFT (electronic funds transfer) provider.

"Transactionware Enterprise is enabling DFS to roll out not only a new POS solution, but new business processes in brand-new markets," said Robert Yap, DFS senior vice president and CIO.

"DFS Group's IT vision of a unified enterprise architecture was an ideal match to Triversity's Java-based solution set and our global capabilities," said David Thomas, president and CEO, Triversity Inc. "Triversity looks forward to continuing to support DFS Group's worldwide requirements."

About DFS

DFS is the world's leading duty-free retailer for international travelers seeking high quality, luxury and destination-specific merchandise at great value and in innovative shopping environments. Established in 1961, DFS has been offering branded merchandise to travelers to purchase both for themselves and as gifts to take back home at significant savings. The company operates approximately 200 stores throughout North America, Asia and the Pacific Basin, including 12 DFS Galleria flagship stores in select resorts and major cities, as well as duty-free stores in leading hotels and major international airports. For more information, visit

About Triversity Inc.

Triversity ( is the fastest growing international provider of customer-centric retail solutions. Triversity's suite of "sell-side" software solutions, called Customer-Centric Solutions for Retail, enables retailers to deliver a best-in-class customer experience across all channels, while helping them to optimize their operating efficiencies and increase profitability. Retailers around the world have built their businesses around Triversity's market-leading solutions, which include POS Solutions, Store Solutions, Centralized Transaction Services, Business Decision Support Solutions and Retail Support Services. In order to deliver complete sell-side solutions and services, Triversity extends its offerings through partnerships with the industry's leading technology vendors. Triversity's retail solutions are installed in hundreds of retailers in more than 30 countries, processing billions of transactions a year. Triversity's corporate headquarters is located in Toronto, with U.S. headquarters near Philadelphia.

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