Kroger Confirms IBM POS Deal

Kroger's, which controls about 2,473 U.S. supermarkets including Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Food 4 Less and King Soopers, has inked a deal with IBM to use Big Blue's Store Integration Framework across its chain, the two companies confirmed Friday.

The firms issued a vague statement that said few specifics about the plans, other than it will somehow involve more than 30,000 already-installed IBM SurePOS 700 POS units and that they are now being monitored by Tivoli Manager for Retail software.

Kroger CIO Chris Hjelm issued a brief statement that his chain intends to "significantly reduce development cycle times by using the open standards and techniques available through IBM's framework."