Harvey Nichols preparing tech systems for Baku opening

The licensee behind Harvey Nichols' expansion into Azerbaijan has announced further technological progress as the luxury retailer prepares itself for this summer's store opening in Baku.

Futura's electronic point of sale (EPoS) and retail management solution has been chosen to support the 80,000 sq ft store, which will be based in the Globus Plaza complex in Azerbaijan's capital city. The store will house three floors of fashion, accessories and beauty, as well as a spa, restaurant and bar.

The Futura retail system will initially support 40 tills throughout the store, providing real-time management information to support functions such as buying, merchandise planning, inventory and stock control.

Graham Symes, independent financial consultant for the Harvey Nichols licensee, remarked: "We chose Futura because of its suitability for the multi-disciplinary rigours of a department store and its strengths in fashion. The reporting side is fantastic – in all my years in retail I haven’t come across another system as good."

From 17 February, Harvey Nichols will be under new leadership when Burberry chief financial officer Stacey Cartwright joins the business as CEO. She will replace Joseph Wan, who will be retiring in March after 21 years in the CEO role.

During her time at Burberry, where she was also executive vice president, Cartwright helped oversee the fashion retailer's successful entry into a number of new markets, including China and the Middle East.

On being announced as the new CEO at the end of last year, Cartwright detailed her plans for growing the Harvey Nichols business on an international scale.

"I am delighted to be joining Harvey Nichols at such an exciting time in the luxury retail market; a market which demonstrates significant potential and for which I have enormous passion," she explained.

"I am excited by the opportunity to further develop this world class brand both in the UK and internationally."

Following the Baku store opening, Harvey Nichols will have a presence in eight international markets, including Hong Kong, Dubai, Turkey and Kuwait.

To understand more about Futura, visit them on stand 359 at RBTE 2014, which takes place between 11-12 March 2014 at London's Earls Court.