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Leading French Retailers Select Open Source DB MySQL for Their Supply Chain Management

Franprix, Leader Price Get MySQL to Manage Data in Supply Chain, Pdt Distribution Platforms

Franprix and Leader Price have chosen open source Database MySQL to manage the data in their enterprise-wide supply chain and product distribution platforms -- servicing over 620 Franprix stores and 490 Leader Price outlets.

The MySQL-based information system covers all the business needs of the entire supply and distribution chain: from purchase management, order preparation, warehouse logistics, and product inventory for all the Franprix and Leader Price stores.

MySQl said the retailers' IT group selected the open source database while migrating to a more modern architecture and consolidating its hardware and software infrastructure. The new system had to be able to scale according to the needs of the stores, their growing numbers, and the increasing amount of data. The company was looking for a fast, robust, and reliable relational database with very low administration requirements. After an in-depth analysis of the possible alternatives, the MySQL open source database proved to be the best choice.

According to an internal project manager; "In addition to the opportunity to use several different engines, the main advantage of MySQL is that it is easy to install, easy to administer and easy to use. It's not 'plug-and-play', but rather almost 'install-and-forget'! The solution is perfectly in line with our internal philosophy of performance at the best price."

The company rolled out the system in each of its warehouses, setting up replicated databases in a number of them. It already manages over 200 user movements simultaneously every day. The IT staff was trained by MySQL AB's expert professional services group.

"We are delighted that these two leading French retailers have selected MySQL for this critical business application," said Bertrand Matthelié, MySQL AB's Director of Marketing for EMEA. "As their chains expand in France and other European countries, MySQL can help them remain efficient while keeping their operational costs - and product prices - down."

Franprix and Leader Price also subscribed to the MySQL Network offering, combining peace-of-mind and production support with ease of use. MySQL Network offers them a direct access to MySQL senior support staff 24/7 in addition to certified software, updates & upgrades, technical alerts, a comprehensive knowledge base and other advantages.
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