Episys, the global information technology services company, has partnered with Calibra Solutions, a technology consulting and software services company based in Trinidad and Tobago, to simplify new signage for retailers following the removal of VAT on most food stuffs in the region.
In a recent policy move, the government of Trinidad and Tobago has taken the step to temporarily remove VAT on a wide variety of consumables. The law, which became effective on November 15th 2012, removed VAT on over 7000 items including thousands of imported food items. The temporary move has been put in place in order to lessen the average citizen’s food bill which will in turn, reduce inflation.
Following implementation of the new law, supermarket operators throughout Trinidad and Tobago had the logistical nightmare of working long hours to manually change prices on the shelves. They will be faced with similar challenges in the future when it comes to re-introducing VAT. This process can be made simple with the Episys retail signage solution.
Episys provides a robust system which creates new signage quickly and easily for retailers. With Calibra Solutions’ proven success in providing diversified and quality, embedded solutions, the company was keen to expand its portfolio in the retail market with Episys, to meet the demands facing retailers following the new law.
The Episys retail signage solution is widely used by retailers internationally and helps them to increase sales, reduce costs and improve operational efficiency. The out-of-the-box configurable solution combines precise promotional messaging and signage with mobile applications. The solution will guarantee consistency of message and accuracy of information delivered in a timely and efficient manner independent of the final output method.
George Whyte, Managing Director, Calibra Solutions explains, “Calibra had been looking for innovative business solutions to add to its portfolio and we expect that Caribbean retailers will be very interested in Episys’ ability to help them gain increased sales, reduce costs and improve operational efficiency. The idea of ensuring that each product sign or label is a silent seller should be appealing to all retailers”.
Derek Buchanan, Chief Executive Officer at Episys, said, “Partnering with Calibra Solutions furthers our global partner program and we are pleased to be able to offer a robust signage solution to Caribbean retailers. Episys is always looking for partners who share a desire for the ultimate in customer service.
“Episys clients, which include Home Depot, Bon-Ton Stores, Sainsbury’s, Belk and Sears Holdings, are able to drive content from a single source to all types of output media including paper, handheld mobile devices, electronic signage, plasma screens and web pages. This ensures the integrity, accuracy and quality of a retailer's promotional message and eliminates data redundancy.”
About Calibra Solutions
Calibra is a performance–oriented information technology consulting and software services company. Its corporate objective is to improve its clients’ operations with efficiency-enabling business processes and to assist in their differentiation goals. Calibra delivers benefits of business insight and talent management – essential tools that are required for any company to sustain itself in an increasingly competitive business landscape.
About Episys Limited
Episys is a global information technology solutions and services company to the retail, manufacturing, logistics, chemical, healthcare and public service sector industries. We provide expertise, products, services and support for signage, labeling and mobile systems.
Episys works with strategic business partners worldwide and with a range of leading technology manufacturers, enabling us to provide solutions to meet each unique business need - from integrated signage systems for major worldwide retailers to specialist labels for food manufacturing.
Episys retail clients include The Home Depot, Sears Holdings Corporation, John Lewis Partnership, Marks & Spencer, Fortnum & Mason, B&Q, Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Dobbies Garden Centers, Pets at Home, Wm Morrison Supermarkets, Halfords, Telstra and Screwfix Direct.