GK Software

GK Software SE is a leading developer and provider of standard software for the retail sector, and currently counts 22 percent of the world’s 50 largest retailers among its customer base. According to a study published by RBR 2020, the Company is one of the leading international providers of POS software and is the second-fastest growing business in the industry in terms of the number of installations worldwide. The company offers an extensive range of solutions for stores and enterprise headquarters as well as for the implementation of contemporary omni-channel retail concepts. Thanks to its open and platform-independent software solutions in the GK/Retail Suite, the company has established itself as one of the market’s leading providers of technology and innovations. Its solutions enable retail chains with numerous stores to optimize their business processes and to benefit from significant potential for saving costs and implementing customer loyalty programs in order to improve their competitiveness. In addition to its own software solutions, GK Software SE also offers customers a comprehensive range of implementation and maintenance services. Having been acquired in 2013, AWEK GmbH and in 2015, the retail segment of DBS Data Business Systems Inc. In 2017, the company acquired a majority shareholding in prudsys AG, a company focused on artificial intelligence. In 2018, the valuephone GmbH was acquired, which develops leading solutions for mobile consumers.

The company employs 1,123 members of staff (figures for 30 June 2020) across its headquarters in Schöneck (Germany) and other business locations in Germany, Czech Republic, Switzerland, South Africa, Russia, Ukraine and the USA. GK Software SE’s customers include many well-known retailers from both Germany and beyond, including Edeka, Lidl, Aldi, Coop (Schweiz), Hornbach, Migros, Netto Marken-Discount and Walmart. The software is currently being used at 325,000 installations across approximately 59,800 stores in 63 countries. The company has grown rapidly in recent years and its sales revenues totaled EUR 115.4 million in 2019. Since launching the company in 1990, the two founders Rainer Gläß (CEO) and Stephan Kronmüller (deputy board member), together with the experienced management team, have shaped GK Software into a profitable company exhibiting strong growth.

Further information about the company: https://www.gk-software.com

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Openness is the new standard

Retail companies aim to test innovations faster in unvarnished real-world use. What they expect from their core technology suppliers is: more openness. Preferably in the style of Apple and Google's app policy, they should enable start-ups to develop on their platforms and provide add-ons. A wish that does not go unheard.

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Fiscalisation solution of Edeka, Lidl and Aldi saved

Edeka Group, Aldi Süd, Aldi Nord, Lidl and numerous other German retail groups can breathe a sigh of relief when it comes to fiscalisation. After the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) surprisingly came up with new requirements for the Fiskal Cloud solution, which had already been certified at the end of September 2020, the already implemented solution now had…

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GK Software, NCR and HP make strong gains in the POS systems market

Retailers prefer to use GK Software for new POS software installations globally. If restaurants, hotels and petrol stations are also taken into account, NCR is at the top of the list of new software installations globally. In the field of POS hardware, HP has worked its way to the top of worldwide installations, according to new study from RBR. The…

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Edeka Popp validates self-scanning with Supersmart

Edeka merchant Stefan Popp is the first retailer to use the technology of Israeli Bizerba partner Supersmart in Germany. In his E-Center in Würzburg, Popp has had the intelligent validation of self-scanning by its customers installed not only for the verification of items in shopping trolleys but also for those in shopping baskets.

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Independent Edeka shop owner automates scanning at the checkout with Itab

Edeka Meyer's offers customers a new and efficient type of checkout. In its newly opened store at Freesen Center in the city of Neumünster, the retailer has deployed two Itab ScanMate self-checkout systems.

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Hagebau builds on GK Software in the cloud

Hagebau goes into the cloud: With GK Software, Infor and Microsoft, the building materials and DIY group Hagebau is building its merchandise and workforce management as well as its store solutions completely on a Software-as-a-Service infrastructure. At the EHI Technology Days, other retailers also report on their plans to use cloud solutions for core applications of their business.

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Lidl Plus has the digital receipt

At the beginning of next week, Lidl will officially launch its digital customer loyalty programme in Germany. With it, Europe's largest discounter has solved another problem: Lidl Plus offers the digital receipt.

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Edeka’s Netto brings self-scanning to its app

With Edeka's Netto, another German discounter is testing self-scanning with customers' smartphones. The team of IT Managing Director Claus Leitl deliberately relies on a proprietary development that is fully integrated into Netto's customer app.

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Federal chaos over POS system retrofitting in Germany

Although the retail industry in Germany has enough problems with the temporary reduction of sales tax, the Federal Ministry of Finance is refusing to extend the first deadline for the difficult conversion of the cash register system to tamper-proof security against tax fraud. Against the will of five federal states, which are now extending the deadline at least in exceptions.

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