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AMERICANS INCREASING CONSUMPTION OF FRESH PRODUCTS, CITING QUALITY & HEALTH BENEFITS
New Survey Shows Age & Income Major Factors in Purchasing Fresh vs Processed
January 10, 2017

NEW YORK, NY (January 10, 2017) – A new survey of more than 1,000 U.S. consumers showed that, compared to three years ago, Americans are consuming more fresh products, including fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses. The nationwide trend away from processed foods is driven by healthier diets and lifestyles, according to data gathered in December 2016 by the OpinionWay institute for Bizerba and Invatron, leaders of technology solutions dedicated to fresh food departments. The survey was released in conjunction with the kick-off of the Retail’s Big Show 2017 organized by the National Retail Federation (January 15-17 in New York #NRF17).

The study shows that nearly half of Americans (48%) consume more fresh products than they did three years ago and 41% say their consumption has remained stable over that period. Respondents strongly associate fresh products with high quality, better flavor, and less waste. Their preference for fresh products is driven by a desire for a healthier lifestyle and diet.

Key findings of the survey include:

  • Age is a determining factor in the preference for fresh products. Young people under the age of 35 are far more likely to choose fresh items than people aged 50 and older (58% vs 38%).
  • Income is also a contributor. Only 45% of individuals in the lowest income group (less than $50,000/year) said their consumption of fresh products had increased over the last three years, as opposed to 53% of people in the highest income group (over $75,000).
  • The pursuit of healthier lifestyles is driving purchasing habits. Nearly 60% of respondents said they are more conscious of what they eat and prefer a healthier diet.
  • Fresh is strongly associated with quality. Respondents said fresh products are more flavorful (75%), healthier (74%), better quality (74%), and contain more healthy ingredients (74%).

“Americans are more conscious than ever of the benefits of eating fresh, unprocessed foods and making healthier choices for their families,” said Rob Weisz, Vice President Retail, Bizerba North America. “People are cooking more at home and the products they are finding in stores are high quality and increasingly easier to access in regular supermarkets.”

Traditional supermarkets as the preferred shopping medium

Specialty grocery stores and online retailers often associated with the 35 and under demographic lag far behind traditional supermarkets as the preferred shopping medium. Supermarkets were rated as the best across all categories for buying fresh products, thanks to the variety of product offerings, the overall shopping experience and the best value for the money. The majority of respondents (63%) say they opt to shop at supermarkets ahead of natural and organic grocery stores (14%), wholesale clubs (9%), and discount stores (8%). Amazon and other online retailers are breaking into the market, but are the preferred medium of only 5% of Americans.

Cost as a barrier

Cost is a key concern for the 11% of Americans who are eating less fresh food than they have historically. More than a quarter of respondents (26%) say they eat fewer fresh products because they are less well-off financially, and 24% say they think that fresh products are more expensive than before. Additionally, 21% of respondents who consume fewer fresh products say they cook less than before, and 14% say they have less time to prepare meals at home, so they no longer purchase fresh products because of the concern over spoilage (24%). Only a small subset (11%) of those consuming fewer fresh items say they are no longer interested in a healthy diet, and 8% say the stores selling quality fresh products have closed near where they live.

3 key purchasing triggers

Appearance, quality, and price are the three key purchase triggers for consumers buying fresh products across all categories. The one exception is cheese, for which price is the deciding factor. For all other products, appearance is the primary driver, inciting consumers to purchase fresh products even if they were not planning to.

“The factors that trigger purchase of fresh products seem to be universal, with appearance, quality, and price as the key trio for all stakeholders in fresh product consumption,” said Axel Doerwald, Founder and CEO at Invatron Systems Corp. “For retailers, and particularly the supermarkets that are the primary venue for the majority of consumers, highlighting these different qualities is essential in order to encourage purchasing decisions, an area where there is room to improve.”

For access to the full survey findings, and to arrange interviews with Rob Weisz and Axel Doerwald, please contact Lori Russo at (202) 223-4933 or lrusso@stantoncomm.com.

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Methodology: This OpinionWay survey for Bizerba/Invatron was conducted between December 12th and 15th 2016 with a sample of 1004 people, representative of the population in the USA aged 18 years and over, using the quota method based on gender, age, region and income. OpinionWay conducted this survey using the procedures and rules of ISO20252.

Any publication, in whole or in part, must use the following full statement: "Survey OpinionWay for Bizerba/Invatron - Consumption of fresh products in the US - December 2016 "and no quote can be dissociated from this title.

About Bizerba

Bizerba offers its customers in industry, trade, and logistics a globally unique solutions portfolio of hardware and software around the central value "weight". This portfolio includes products and solutions related to slicing, processing, weighing, cashing, checking, commissioning and labeling. A wide range of services from consulting and service, labels and consumables to leasing complete the portfolio.

Since 1866 Bizerba has made a significant contribution to the developments in the area of weighing technology and today is represented in 120 countries. The customer base includes globally operating companies in trade and industry as well as retailers, bakeries and butcheries. With around 3.900 employees worldwide and with its headquarters in Balingen, Germany, Bizerba has been in the same family for five generations. Additional production facilities are located in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Spain, China, Canada and USA. Bizerba also has a global network of sales and service locations. For more information about Bizerba, please visit www.bizerba.com.

Contact: Claudia Hennig, Marketing Manager Bizerba North America: 804-548-6029, claudia.hennig@bizerba.com

About Invatron Systems Corp.

Invatron Systems Corp. is a leading global technology company specializing in Fresh Item (Periscope) and Scale (E-Plum) Management software solutions for supermarket chains around the world. Our Periscope and E-Plum solutions are deployed collectively in over 20,000 supermarket stores worldwide, actively supporting the in-store execution of Fresh operations. We support our customers to achieve and maintain a leadership position in their fresh food offering by enhancing sales, reducing shrink, improving overall freshness and maximizing operating margins.

Contact: Axel Doerwald, CEO, adoerwald@invatron.com

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Invatron Systems Corp.'s Periscope FIM Solution Achieves Certified Integration with SAP® ERP for Use in Retail
March 1, 2016

Invatron Systems Corp. (“Invatron”) today announced that its Periscope Fresh Item Management solution ("Periscope"), version 4.2, has achieved certified integration with the SAP® ERP application, version 6.0. Via this interface, Periscope FIM integrates with SAP for Retail solutions ("SAP software").

The SAP Integration and Certification Center has certified that Periscope 4.2 integrates via the in-store food production enterprise services bundle to replicate master data from SAP ERP to Periscope. This synchronization eliminates duplicate data management and enhances data integrity across enterprise systems.

"We are delighted to announce the successful achievement of SAP certification for Periscope," said Axel Doerwald, Founder and Chief Executive Officer. "We expect that the ability to deliver the business value of both SAP and Invatron solutions will prove highly beneficial to current and future customer engagements."

As a result of the certified integration, customers that run SAP for Retail solutions can seamlessly implement Invatron’s industry-leading Fresh Item Management solution. Periscope executes ordering, production planning, recipe management and all shrink and regulatory reporting processes across the entire Fresh operation of a grocery retailer.

About Invatron Systems Corp.

Invatron Systems Corp. is a leading global technology company specializing in Fresh Item (Periscope) and Scale (E-Plum) Management software solutions for supermarket chains around the world. Our Periscope and E-Plum solutions are deployed collectively in over 20,000 supermarket stores worldwide, actively supporting the in-store execution of Fresh operations. We support our customers achieve and maintain a leadership position in their fresh food offering by enhancing sales, reducing shrink, improving overall freshness and maximizing operating margins.

For additional information please contact
Kurt Brands, Chief Operating Officer
1-888-867-7586

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Invatron Partners with NCR to deliver E-Plum Enterprise Scale Manager to the Defense Commissary Agency
August 20, 2015

Invatron Systems Corp. ("Invatron"), a global leader in software solutions exclusively serving the fresh operations of the grocery industry, is pleased to announce that through its partnership with NCR Government Systems, LLC, ("NCR"), E-Plum Enterprise Scale Manager ("E-Plum") will be implemented at the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) as part of NCR's multi-phase, multi-year deployment of NCR hardware and software solutions that will modernize DeCA's operations.

DeCA's Enterprise Business Solution, built upon NCR's and its partners' software solutions, will help to transform DeCA's mission-critical retail systems and provide industry-leading capabilities that optimize its operations from warehouse replenishment through to the point-of-sale, customer loyalty management, payment solutions and scale management.

E-Plum will allow NCR and DeCA the ability to centrally manage DeCA's global production scale network, providing visibility and faster resolution to all problems within the scales and overall greater data integrity across the enterprise.

The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to US military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. DeCA helps support military families and is a valued part of military pay and benefits – saving authorized military patrons an average of 30 percent over commercial prices at retail grocers.

About Invatron Systems Corp.

Based in Mississauga, Canada, Invatron Systems Corp. is a leading global technology company specializing in Fresh Item (Periscope) and Scale (E-Plum) Management software solutions for supermarket chains around the world. Our Periscope and E-Plum solutions are deployed collectively in over 20,000 supermarket stores worldwide, actively supporting the in-store execution of Fresh operations. We enable our customers to achieve and maintain a leadership position in their fresh food offering by providing data integrity and decision support tools needed to enhance sales, reduce shrink and inventories, and improve overall margins.

For additional information please contact
1-888-867-7586
info@invatron.com
Invatron Announces Dates and Location for the 2015 User Conference
August 20, 2015

Invatron Systems Corp. ("Invatron"), the world leader in software solutions exclusively serving the fresh operations of the grocery industry, is pleased to announce that its 2015 User Conference has been set for September 15-17, 2015 at the James Hotel in Chicago, Illinois.

This year's conference will include presentations and discussion panels lead by many of Invatron's thought leaders as well as highly respected industry leaders all focused on uncovering additional opportunities to optimize the performance of the grocery industry's fresh operations. The agenda has been carefully crafted based on input from Invatron's valued client partners, Invatron's own product development team as well as feedback from previous conferences and will be an excellent opportunity for the conference participants to exchange learnings, best practices as well as learn about Invatron's ongoing commitment to continuous innovation.

To learn more about the 2015 User Conference, please contact your Invatron Account Executive or Christine Maybury at 905.363.3299 x221.

Invatron Releases Periscope Recipe Manager
October 30, 2014

Invatron Systems Corp., a world leader in software solutions exclusively serving the fresh food operations of the grocery industry, is pleased to announce the latest release of Periscope Recipe Manager, a comprehensive, end-to-end solution to manage the flow of recipe and nutritional labelling information from retailer corporate food kitchens to all stores in the enterprise.

Periscope Recipe Manager, when integrated into Invatron's recipe management package, addresses many of the challenges faced by retailers, including frequently changing recipes, required compliance with the growing list of legislated nutritional labelling guidelines and the lack of time and expertise to verify nutritional information.

Key features within the Periscope Recipe Manager include the creation of recipes with standard and custom units of measure, the ability to assign recipes to one or more sellable product UPCs, support for sub-recipes (also known as recipes within recipes or nested recipes), ingredient cost control, dynamic cost updating and embedded preparation instructions.

Leveraging Invatron partner ESHA Research's industry leading nutritional database, support for the automatic import of nutritional and ingredient records along with allergen statements to E-Plum Enterprise Scale Manager or other scale management system is available, enabling transmission to in-store weighing / labelling equipment, thus ensuring that complete and accurate data is printed on product labels.

Tablet-based access to recipes within each store is also available, eliminating the need for binders and clipboards.

Based in Mississauga, Canada, Invatron Systems Corp. is a leading technology company specializing in Fresh Item (Periscope) and Scale (E-Plum) Management software solutions for supermarket chains around the world. In business since 1988, we have continued to invest in our people and technology. Today, we are an organization of experienced and retail-hardened technologists equipped with industry specific solutions that supermarket chains can leverage to succeed in the field of Fresh operations. Our Periscope and E-Plum solutions are deployed collectively in over 20,000 supermarket stores worldwide, actively supporting the in-store execution of Fresh operations. We enable our customers to achieve and maintain a leadership position in their fresh food offering by providing data integrity and decision support tools needed to enhance sales, reduce shrink and inventories, and improve overall margins. We help our customers achieve success in the highly competitive grocery market.

For additional information please contact
1-888-867-7586
info@invatron.com
Top 10 U.S. Retailer Rolling Out Periscope Shrink Tracking to 165 New Acquisitions
May 31, 2014

Invatron Systems Corp., a world leader in software solutions exclusively serving the fresh food operations of the grocery industry, is pleased to announce a large southeast regional retailer is in the process of implementing Periscope Shrink Tracking in all of the 165 stores which it has recently acquired. The retailer, in the U.S. Top 10 based on store count, has deemed Periscope to be a priority application for Fresh Food operations.

Based in Mississauga, Canada, Invatron Systems Corp. is a leading technology company specializing in Fresh Item (Periscope) and Scale (E-Plum) Management software solutions for supermarket chains around the world. In business since 1988, we have continued to invest in our people and technology. Today, we are an organization of experienced and retail-hardened technologists equipped with industry specific solutions that supermarket chains can leverage to succeed in the field of Fresh operations. Our Periscope and E-Plum solutions are deployed collectively in over 20,000 supermarket stores worldwide, actively supporting the in-store execution of Fresh operations. We enable our customers to achieve and maintain a leadership position in their fresh food offering by providing data integrity and decision support tools needed to enhance sales, reduce shrink and inventories, and improve overall margins. We help our customers achieve success in the highly competitive grocery market.

For additional information please contact
1-888-867-7586
info@invatron.com
Invatron Releases E-Plum 2.13 Including New Dashboard
January 31, 2014

Invatron Systems Corp., a world leader in software solutions exclusively serving the fresh food operations of the grocery industry, is pleased to announce the launch of E-Plum 2.13, which now includes a dashboard to provide E-Plum client business and help desk associates with instant identification of scale enterprise issues.

E-Plum Dashboard is a troubleshooting tool which continually retrieves data from client scale networks in real time and displays this information in a graphic panel format, with drill-down available to more detailed tabular reports. E-Plum Dashboard monitors Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) such as scale status, scale status by vendor, batch status and pending transactions, in addition to instantly summarizing batch and other noteworthy events, such as overdue batches and outstanding notifications from the E-Plum server. KPI panels display for the entire enterprise or for any selected filter, such as store or department.

E-Plum Enterprise Scale Manager is a multi-vendor, multilingual, web-enabled solution that provides retailers with centralized control of in-store scales and printers. Accessible from any computer in the enterprise, it allows support staff instantaneous access to any Ethernet or serial scale device. E-Plum, a full-featured and easily implemented solution, is designed to eliminate data integrity issues, and meets legislated requirements such as support for trans fats, allergens and country of origin labelling (COOL). E-Plum provides users with pro-active, rather than re-active tools, letting them quickly identify scale, data or network issues affecting item and price data integrity. In addition, E-Plum offers store-level PLU and related item data management, along with complete scale resource management, including label formats, preset keys and graphics, which provide significant return on investment.

Additional features in this release include the ability to view historical reports for PLU, Nutrition and Ingredient items previously sent to scales, as requested by one of Invatron's valued clients.

Based in Mississauga, Canada, Invatron Systems Corp. is a leading technology company specializing in Fresh Item (Periscope) and Scale (E-Plum) Management software solutions for supermarket chains around the world. In business since 1988, we have continued to invest in our people and technology. Today, we are an organization of experienced and retail-hardened technologists equipped with industry specific solutions that supermarket chains can leverage to succeed in the field of Fresh operations. Our Periscope and E-Plum solutions are deployed, collectively in over 20,000 supermarket stores worldwide, actively supporting the in-store execution of Fresh operations. We enable our customers to achieve and maintain a leadership position in their fresh food offering by providing data integrity and decision support tools needed to enhance sales, reduce shrink and inventories, and improve overall margins. We help our customers achieve success in the highly competitive grocery market.

For additional information please contact
1-888-867-7586
info@invatron.com
Invatron Releases Periscope Analytics Dashboard
December 15, 2013

Invatron Systems Corp., a world leader in software solutions exclusively serving the fresh food operations of the grocery industry, is pleased to announce the launch of Periscope Analytics, a dashboard which provides Periscope clients with instant analytics capability.

Periscope Analytics, an add-on application to Periscope 4, monitors key performance indicators (KPIs) to help grocery retailers identify areas where in-store execution affects overall performance and profitability.

KPIs such as perishables' days of supply and out-of-stocks, in addition to week-, period- or year-to-date sales and known loss as a percentage of sales, are displayed in graphic format on separate dashboard panels. There are panels to monitor store compliance with best practices, overall trends, store performance and product performance.

Store compliance panels track compliance in the key areas of production and ordering to identify which stores are optimizing production and ordering practices and which need management intervention.

Trend panels analyze trends in sales and forecasts, overall ordering and overall production across the enterprise or for a specific store and department.

Store performance panels track sales dollars, known loss as a percentage of sales, known loss dollars and out-of stocks and indicate whether or not corporate targets are being met.

Product performance panels identify products with the highest known loss dollars, as well as those most frequently out of stock.

Periscope Analytics enables retailers to measure KPIs including store performance and compliance in Fresh Operations to ensure the effective execution of their Fresh Strategy, and more importantly, to identify opportunities to improve financial results.

Based in Mississauga, Canada, Invatron Systems Corp. is a leading technology company specializing in Fresh Item (Periscope) and Scale (E-Plum) Management software solutions for supermarket chains around the world. In business since 1988, we have continued to invest in our people and technology. Today, we are an organization of experienced and retail-hardened technologists equipped with industry specific solutions that supermarket chains can leverage to succeed in the field of Fresh operations. Our Periscope and E-Plum solutions are deployed, collectively in over 20,000 supermarket stores worldwide, actively supporting the in-store execution of Fresh operations. We enable our customers to achieve and maintain a leadership position in their fresh food offering by providing data integrity and decision support tools needed to enhance sales, reduce shrink and inventories, and improve overall margins. We help our customers achieve success in the highly competitive grocery market.

For additional information please contact
1-888-867-7586
info@invatron.com
Walmart Chile rolls out e-PLUM Enterprise Scale Manager from Invatron Systems Corp. to its 200th Store.
September 30, 2013

Invatron Systems Corp., a world leader in software solutions exclusively serving the fresh food operations of the grocery industry, is pleased to announce that Walmart Chile of Santiago, Chile has completed its rollout of E-Plum Enterprise Scale Manager to centrally manage its in-store scales and labelers to 200 stores.

E-Plum Enterprise Scale Manager is a multi-vendor, multilingual, web-enabled solution that provides retailers with centralized control of in-store scales and printers. Accessible from any computer in the enterprise, it allows support staff instantaneous access to any Ethernet or serial scale device. E-Plum, a full-featured and easily implemented solution, is designed to eliminate data integrity issues, and meets legislated requirements such as support for trans fats, allergens and country of origin labelling (COOL). E-Plum provides users with pro-active, rather than re-active tools, letting them quickly identify scale, data or network issues affecting item and price data integrity. In addition, E-Plum offers store-level PLU and related item data management, along with complete scale resource management, including label formats, preset keys and graphics, which provide significant return on investment.

Since acquiring a majority in Chile's leading food retailer, Distribución y Servicio D&S S.A. in 2009, Walmart Chile now operates more than 300 stores, including supermarkets, hypermarkets and convenience stores, under the Central Mayorista, ekono, express.lider, Lider, Lider.cl and Super Bodega aCuenta banners.

Based in Mississauga, Canada, Invatron Systems Corp. is a leading technology company specializing in Fresh Item (Periscope) and Scale (E-Plum) Management software solutions for supermarket chains around the world. In business since 1988, we have continued to invest in our people and technology. Today, we are an organization of experienced and retail-hardened technologists equipped with industry specific solutions that supermarket chains can leverage to succeed in the field of Fresh operations. Our Periscope and E-Plum solutions are deployed, collectively in over 20,000 supermarket stores worldwide, actively supporting the in-store execution of Fresh operations. We enable our customers to achieve and maintain a leadership position in their fresh food offering by providing data integrity and decision support tools needed to enhance sales, reduce shrink and inventories, and improve overall margins. We help our customers achieve success in the highly competitive grocery market.

For additional information please contact
1-888-867-7586
info@invatron.com
Fareway selects ScaleLink from Invatron Systems Corp.
August 15, 2013

Invatron Systems Corp., a world leader in software solutions exclusively serving the fresh food operations of the grocery industry, is pleased to announce that Fareway Stores, Inc., of Boone, Iowa has selected Scalelink to transmit price and label information to its in-store scales and labelers.

Scalelink is Invatron's proprietary scale communication driver package, automatically deployed with its E-Plum Enterprise Scale Manager software to facilitate comprehensive, centralized management of in-store scales and printers. However, Scalelink also integrates with third-party item management software to facilitate the transmission of price and label information. Item management at Fareway is provided by Invatron partner LOC Software's SMS (Store Management Suite).

Founded in 1938 in Boone, Iowa, Fareway Stores, Inc., is a growing Midwest grocery company, operating 106 stores in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota. Fareway takes pride in demonstrating integrity, fairness and honesty in its relationships with customers, employees, vendors and suppliers.

Based in Mississauga, Canada, Invatron Systems Corp. is a leading technology company specializing in Fresh Item (Periscope) and Scale (E-Plum) Management software solutions for supermarket chains around the world. In business since 1988, we have continued to invest in our people and technology. Today, we are an organization of experienced and retail-hardened technologists equipped with industry specific solutions that supermarket chains can leverage to succeed in the field of Fresh operations. Our Periscope and E-Plum solutions are deployed, collectively in over 20,000 supermarket stores worldwide, actively supporting the in-store execution of Fresh operations. We enable our customers to achieve and maintain a leadership position in their fresh food offering by providing data integrity and decision support tools needed to enhance sales, reduce shrink and inventories, and improve overall margins. We help our customers achieve success in the highly competitive grocery market.

For additional information please contact
1-888-867-7586
info@invatron.com
Fresh Encounter rolls out e-PLUM Enterprise Scale Manager from Invatron Systems Corp.
July 15, 2013

Invatron Systems Corp., a world leader in software solutions exclusively serving the fresh food operations of the grocery industry, is pleased to announce that Fresh Encounter, Inc., of Findlay, Ohio has completed its rollout of E-Plum Enterprise Scale Manager to centrally manage its in-store scales across the enterprise.

E-Plum Enterprise Scale Manager is a multi-vendor, multilingual, web-enabled solution that provides retailers with centralized control of in-store scales and printers. Accessible from any computer in the enterprise, it allows support staff instantaneous access to any Ethernet or serial scale device. E-Plum, a full-featured and easily implemented solution, is designed to eliminate data integrity issues, and meets legislated requirements such as support for trans fats, allergens and country of origin labelling (COOL).

E-Plum provides users with pro-active, rather than re-active tools, letting them quickly identify scale, data or network issues affecting item and price data integrity. In addition, E-Plum offers store-level PLU and related item data management, along with complete scale resource management, including label formats, preset keys and graphics, which provide significant return on investment. Item data hosting at Fresh Encounter is provided by Invatron's PLUM Host.

Founded in 1995 and headquartered in Findlay, Ohio, family-owned Fresh Encounter, Inc. is Ohio's largest independent grocery retailer; now operating 32 outlets throughout Ohio and Indiana. Fresh Encounter operates supermarkets under the brands of Community Markets, Great Scot Community Markets, Fulmer Community Markets, Save-a-Lot and Sack-N-Save Supermarkets.

Based in Mississauga, Canada, Invatron Systems Corp. is a leading technology company specializing in Fresh Item (Periscope) and Scale (E-Plum) Management software solutions for supermarket chains around the world. In business since 1988, we have continued to invest in our people and technology. Today, we are an organization of experienced and retail-hardened technologists equipped with industry specific solutions that supermarket chains can leverage to succeed in the field of Fresh operations. Our Periscope and E-Plum solutions are deployed, collectively in over 20,000 supermarket stores worldwide, actively supporting the in-store execution of Fresh operations. We enable our customers to achieve and maintain a leadership position in their fresh food offering by providing data integrity and decision support tools needed to enhance sales, reduce shrink and inventories, and improve overall margins. We help our customers achieve success in the highly competitive grocery market.

For additional information please contact
1-888-867-7586
info@invatron.com
Invatron Systems Corp. Announces Investment by Polar Capital Management Inc.
June 19, 2013

Invatron Systems Corp. (“Invatron”), a world leader in software solutions exclusively serving the “fresh food” operations of the grocery industry, is pleased to announce that Polar Capital Management Inc. (“Polar”), an established Canadian mid-market private equity firm, has completed a growth capital investment in Invatron. The focus of the investment is to accelerate the expansion of Invatron's Demand-Driven fresh product replenishment solution, Periscope. Periscope enables grocery retailers to better meet customer demand by having the right amount of the freshest product available at the right time resulting in increased customer satisfaction and improved financial performance.

Axel Doerwald, founder and CEO of Invatron, “This is an exciting time for Invatron as Periscope is uniquely positioned to empower grocery retailers to execute a core strategy of ensuring the right product at the right time to meet customer demand, thereby achieving maximum financial success across their entire fresh operations. We are excited to work alongside the Polar team to accelerate our growth and realize the tremendous opportunity Periscope has in revolutionizing how retailer operators execute fresh product replenishment.”

About Invatron Systems Corp.
Based in Mississauga, Canada, Invatron Systems Corp. is a leading technology company specializing in Fresh Item (Periscope) and Scale (E-Plum) Management software solutions for supermarket chains around the world. In business since 1988, we have continued to invest in our people and technology. Today, we are an organization of experienced and retail-hardened technologists equipped with industry specific solutions that supermarket chains can leverage to succeed in the field of Fresh operations. Our Periscope and E-Plum solutions are deployed, collectively in over 20,000 supermarket stores worldwide, actively supporting the in-store execution of Fresh operations. We enable our customers to achieve and maintain a leadership position in their fresh food offering by providing data integrity and decision support tools needed to enhance sales, reduce shrink and inventories, and improve overall margins. We help our customers achieve success in the highly competitive grocery market.

About Polar Capital Management Inc.
Based in Toronto, Canada, Polar Capital Management Inc. provides long-term equity capital and management expertise to build growing, well-run and highly profitable businesses. Polar is not a passive but rather an active investor of capital, time and energy. Polar has been successfully implementing this approach for over 20 years.

Polar Capital Management Inc. Kurt Brands or Reid Drury, 416.367.4364, www.polarcapital.com

Periscope helps Sobeys achieve Technology Excellence.
May 10, 2013

Invatron congratulates Sobeys, today named as the Supermarket News 2013 Technology Excellence Award winner in the Chain Category. Sobeys, Canada's second largest supermarket retailer, was acknowledged for its solid technology foundation that enables key in-store applications like Periscope to empower its business.

A long-standing Invatron customer, Sobeys has embraced the benefits that Fresh Item Management brings and reaped the rewards. According to Clinton Keay, CIO of Sobeys, Periscope is “a key part of managing fresh products”. With shrink management, demand forecasting and in-store production already rolled out across the chain, Periscope “has enabled Sobeys to achieve better in-stock position, improve sales and margins, and reduce shrink in perishables departments”, Keay said at the 2012 National Retail Federation Conference in New York.

Sobeys is now in the process of using Periscope to manage its ordering to complete the picture. “Everyone thinks FIM tools are all about shrink reduction,” Keay said. “While that is positive for financials, your key objective is to get service levels right so when the customer comes you've got the freshest product on the shelf”, adding that with Canada's vast geography, “it's important that we get the right orders at the right time”.

This marks the second time Supermarket News has published an article highlighting the role Periscope has played at Sobeys. A Special Report released on January 25, 2010 discusses at great length how Periscope “has bolstered the profitability of perishables departments and contributed to the company's income growth”.

Invatron looks forward to continuing to provide Sobeys with innovative solutions for their fresh food operations, and doing what we can to contribute to future successes.

Click here to read the full May 2013 article (registration required).

Click here to view the full January 25, 2010 article (no registration required).

Periscope FIM is a web-enabled, thin-client application suite, used for the complete management of all operational functions within retail grocery store fresh food departments. Periscope addresses five critical fresh food challenges facing grocery retailers today: shrinking shrink, tracking inventory, accurately forecasting demand, optimizing production and optimizing ordering. Periscope progressively identifies greater opportunities for maximizing efficiency and revenues while accelerating overall customer satisfaction through improved in-stock conditions. By transforming data collected from point-of-sales systems, production scales and hand-held scanners into meaningful information, staff can discern critical trends immediately and make more profitable production, ordering and markdown decisions.

Based in Mississauga, Canada, Invatron Systems Corp. is a leading technology company specializing in Fresh Item (Periscope) and Scale (E-Plum) Management software solutions for supermarket chains around the world. In business since 1988, we have continued to invest in our people and technology. Today, we are an organization of experienced and retail-hardened technologists equipped with industry specific solutions that supermarket chains can leverage to succeed in the field of Fresh operations. Our Periscope and E-Plum solutions are deployed, collectively in over 20,000 supermarket stores worldwide, actively supporting the in-store execution of Fresh operations. We enable our customers to achieve and maintain a leadership position in their fresh food offering by providing data integrity and decision support tools needed to enhance sales, reduce shrink and inventories, and improve overall margins. We help our customers achieve success in the highly competitive grocery market.

For additional information please contact
1-888-867-7586
info@invatron.com
Invatron Systems Corp. and Niche Food Systems Announce Strategic Partnership
March 27, 2013

Invatron Systems Corp. and Niche Food Systems announced today that they have partnered to provide grocery retailers with a comprehensive set of tools to improve production efficiency and optimise traceability.

This partnership brings together two companies adept at targeting and overcoming food industry challenges: Niche specialises in addressing issues for all aspects of the production chain from farm to factory floor, while Invatron specialises in addressing issues for grocery retailer fresh departments. Niche will provide front line support for all installed Invatron products within the UK.

Niche's custom software solution, Nucleus, provides processors and producers control over their Purchase and Sales ordering, Stock Control and Despatch, and covers all aspects of the production cycle. Niche are experts at equipment and third-party integration, making the most of technology and providing real-time information, allowing for informed decision making at all business levels. Nucleus Lite caters to the Sales and Despatch requirements of the smaller processor. In addition, Niche successfully provides abattoir systems (Trace Suites) handling beef, lamb and pork processing and a recipe formulation system, Mega Mix. All packages provide traceability throughout, and cater to today's constantly evolving demands. The necessary experience and infrastructure is also in place to provide customer support for all products at all levels.

Once products are ready for the grocery retailer, Invatron's Periscope FIM (Fresh Item Management) takes over. Periscope FIM is a web-enabled, thin-client application suite, utilised for the complete management of all operational functions within the fresh food departments of retail grocery stores. Periscope addresses five critical fresh food challenges facing grocery retailers today: shrinking shrink, tracking inventory, accurately forecasting demand, optimising production and optimising ordering. Periscope progressively identifies greater opportunities for maximising efficiency and revenues while accelerating overall customer satisfaction through improved in-stock conditions. By transforming data collected from point-of-sales systems, production scales and hand-held scanners into meaningful information, staff can discern critical trends immediately and make more profitable production, ordering and markdown decisions.

About Niche Food Systems
Niche Food Systems is part of the worldwide Bizerba Group of Companies, and has been established in the UK food industry for eighteen years. Created in 1995, the company has developed an enviable reputation for supplying high quality systems designed by people from within the food industry. This foundation enables Niche to understand the very real and often very unique demands and requirements that are exclusive to this particular market place. With software systems operational in more than 100 companies across the UK, Niche Food Systems has grown year- on-year and is rapidly emerging as a major supplier of user-friendly, cost-effective traceability software.

About Invatron Systems Corp.
Based in Mississauga, Canada, Invatron Systems Corp. is a leading technology company specializing in Fresh Item (Periscope) and Scale (E-Plum) Management software solutions for supermarket chains around the world. In business since 1988, we have continued to invest in our people and technology. Today, we are an organization of experienced and retail-hardened technologists equipped with industry specific solutions that supermarket chains can leverage to succeed in the field of Fresh operations. Our Periscope and E-Plum solutions are deployed, collectively in over 20,000 supermarket stores worldwide, actively supporting the in-store execution of Fresh operations. We enable our customers to achieve and maintain a leadership position in their fresh food offering by providing data integrity and decision support tools needed to enhance sales, reduce shrink and inventories, and improve overall margins. We help our customers achieve success in the highly competitive grocery market.

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