Consol Glass Point of Sale with GuiXT and SAP

By Linxas, PRNE
Monday, November 1, 2010

Consol Glass completes the deployment of "ConSales" using the GuiXT WS Solution Suite to deliver a real time POS Solution on SAP in their Woodmead Retail Outlet

RANDBURG, South Africa, November 2, 2010 - Linx/AS Africa is pleased to announce the implementation of the ConSales
POS (Point of Sale) Solution at the Consol Shop in Woodmead, Sandton. Consol
Shop is the retail outlet for Consol Glass, the leading consumer glass
packaging company in Southern Africa and a well known brand in South Africa
for many years. The ConSales POS Solution was developed using the GuiXT WS
Solution Suite. With the new ConSales POS the Woodmead based Consol Shop will
transact on SAP in real time when assisting customers buying a wide range of
glass wares.

The project development was done by Linx/AS Africa, the sole provider of
GuiXT WS Solutions and Services to the SAP market in Africa. Comments Johan
du Plessis, Consol Glass CIO, "With GuiXT we were able to consolidate three
disparate systems into a single integrated point of sale and back office
system. This gives Consol Glass the ability to not only serve our shop
customers quickly and efficiently but to also maintain management and
financial control through our established SAP business and reporting system."

The ConSales POS Solution provides for the full range of POS
functionality. With all of the required transactions and functionality
available in SAP, strong emphasis was placed on delivering a solution that
will be fast at the customer facing shop front, accurate on making available
real time information on products on sale and availability of stock and
lastly, ease of use for the Sales Assistants working with customers. Apart
from providing for these requirements, ConSales POS also had to deliver on a
range of Back Office Functions. These include the registration of new
materials, applying pricing to new products and changing existing pricing,
creating purchase orders and many more. In addition, development and
implementation had to be completed within a 12 week period. All of these were
achieved and, comments Johan du Plessis further, "Although there were many
obstacles to overcome with the product, I was impressed with the time taken
to develop the system from scratch and the ultimate end product."

Consol Shop in Woodmead operates in a highly competitive market that
requires accurate information on products and stock availability. Customer
service is the number one priority. Having accurate information on products
and available stock at hand helps the Sales Assistants in achieving this
objective. Bernadette Valentine, Manager of Consol Shop in Woodmead states
that the change to ConSales POS again highlighted the importance of accurate
information. She continues, "The ConSales POS System handles the sales to the
consumer with the Back Office Systems handling other functions such as
inventory control, purchasing, receiving and transferring of products to and
from other locations. One of the key elements is that it stores sales
information for reporting purposes, sales trends and cost/price/profit
analysis. The customer information can be stored to assist with receivables
management and specific buying analysis."

The ConSales POS Solution was developed using the GuiXT WS Solution
Suite. GuiXT is bundled with the SAP software and is delivered to all SAP
customers. With the GuiXT WS Solution Suite, SAP customers can deliver
simplified and streamlined SAP business processes on a variety of platforms.
These include the SAP Desktop, SAP Portal, Windows based mobile devices and
to smart phones like the iPhone and Blackberry. Linx/AS Africa is the sole
provider of GuiXT Solutions in Southern Africa. Comments Linx/AS Director
Werner Simpson, "We are really pleased with the outcome of the ConSales POS
project. Apart from delivering a world class solution within a very tight
time frame, we have also proven that our customers can save huge amounts of
money by using technology they already own. Tightly embedded and bundled with
SAP, GuiXT impacts the entire business and makes the use of SAP easier for
all, from the CEO to the plant operator or customer services assistant
responsible for plant maintenance work orders or quality notifications."

About Consol Glass

Consol Glass is the largest glass manufacturer in South Africa and
through service excellence, quality and product innovation is able to deliver
world class packaging solutions. The group, now over 65 years old, is
responsible for supply to over 75% of the glass packaging market. Customers
in the Consol stable include blue chip clients from a variety of industries,
including food and beverage market, as well as the cosmetic, pharmaceutical
and tableware industries. The company is committed to recycling and heavily
involved with the Glass Recycling Company. A significant player in the world
of glass packaging. Consol is synonymous with glass excellence
internationally. For further information, visit

About Linx/AS Africa

Linx/AS Africa is part of the Linx/AS LLC organization. Linx/AS is a
leading product life cycle management (PLM) and regulatory & compliance
consulting firm that provides: strategic planning through a proprietary
Vision(TM) Methodology; expert SAP Integration Services; SAP certified
product innovations; hands-on-training; and SAP usability solutions with the
GuiXT WS Solution Suite. Linx/AS has successfully helped small- to mid-sized
business up to Global 2000 companies to accelerate product speed to market
while effectively reducing regulatory and compliance challenges. Linx/AS
experience spans verticals, helping chemicals, consumer products, high-tech,
oil & gas, manufacturing, process industries and life sciences companies
maximize their ROI in SAP technology and lower the TCO for IT organizations.
For more information, visit

Werner Simpson, Linx/AS Africa, +27-0-87-809-0290, wsimpson at

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