Southeastern grocer Winn-Dixie is replacing its outdated IBM POS solution with 6,000 new SurePOS 700 systems in 484 stores. The retailer is planning to begin the implementation in a number of pilot stores during the fall of 2011, then roll out the remainder of units following the holiday 2011 season, according to John Gaydac, Worldwide Vice President, Store Solutions for IBM. The SurePOS 700 systems are powered by IBM SurePOS Application Client/Server Environment (ACE) and Retail Integration Framework (RIF) software — part of the IBM Smarter Checkout solution. “This whole POS platform will allow Winn-Dixie to add capabilities as demand requires, whether it’s around loyalty, insights into consumer preferences, digital couponing, promotions, or integration of mobility,” said Gaydac. "This initiative will allow us to introduce services quickly and seamlessly to improve our guests' shopping experience and will help to support our overall strategy," added Maura Hart, Winn-Dixie Group Vice President and CIO, in a press statement. "We believe the functionality, reliability and open standards offered by IBM hardware and software will accelerate our innovation, which will enhance our competitiveness, as well as our ability to deliver quality service in our stores."