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Retail Assist receives 'Project Implementation of Year' award
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Jun '10
The judging panel of this year's Retail Week Technology Awards awarded Retail Assist's Mint Velvet IT launch project 'Project Implementation of the Year' at a glittering ceremony at the London Hilton on Tuesday.

New women's fashion retailer, Mint Velvet engaged Retail Assist as its outsourced IT partner last June with the brief that all IT systems, software/hardware, infrastructure and communications go live on 1st October to run a fully multi-channel business and to meet their launch into House of Fraser. The provider planned the optimum solution and delivered this project in three months.

It was a tough category – Mint Velvet and Retail Assist were up against Net-a-Porter, Boots, Shop Direct Group with ATG, Wilkinson with Retail Manager Solutions, Blacks Leisure Group with Sage, Argos and Smythson with PCMS.

However the judges were impressed that, despite this pressure and the scale of the undertaking, the core team delivered – on time and 17% less than the original budget – a robust, end-to-end retail IT and communications infrastructure.

Comments Stuart Grant, Commercial Director at Mint Velvet: “Winning this award is a testimony to the effort put in by the Mint Velvet and Retail Assist project team who were focused and 100 percent committed to hitting our opening date. Without their supremely professional approach throughout the project, I seriously doubt we'd have got there. We're very proud to have been recognised by this prestigious industry award in what has undoubtedly been the toughest 12 months for retail in a decade.”

Alan Morris, Managing Director of Retail Assist concludes: “Winning 'Project Implementation of the Year' means a lot to us, as the Retail Week Technology Awards are renowned for setting the standard that the industry follows. We are delighted that all our hard work and the vision of the Mint Velvet's management team have been rewarded. Their talent is just what the market needs right now, and this award-winning launch does not mark the end of our partnership - we'll continue to pull out all the stops to make Mint Velvet a resounding success over the coming months and years.”

Retail Assist Limited:
Retail Assist is a leading retail-only solutions and services company, providing UK and international retailers with end-to-end business applications plus a comprehensive range of services that reduce costs, optimise retail operations and support higher revenues.

The company was the first retail-only IT services provider to be awarded ISO 20000 accreditation by the BSI.

Retail Assist clients include Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, WDF, A|Wear, La Senza, Paperchase, Whistles, Aurora Fashions, The White Company, Odin Retail, Tec7, Burberry, Mint Velvet, Jane Norman and Crew2000.

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