Lloydspharmacy completes 1,600-store EPoS update project

Community pharmacist and retailer Lloydspharmacy has completed the roll-out of new electronic point of sale (EPoS) systems across its UK and Ireland estate.

The project included the deployment of over 2,200 EPoS systems and P2Pe Chip and PIN devices, as well as more than 1,300 PCs and other pharmacy-specific technology. The deployment covered Lloydspharmacy’s 1,600-strong retail and pharmacy estate in the UK and Ireland, bringing it all on to the Aures J2 PoS system.

Technology support company Vista Retail Support led the comprehensive upgrade, which also involved the upgrade of back office IT systems and the deployment of managed print services, as well as a Cisco Meraki Wi-Fi update.

Vista’s data cabling services were also utilised as Lloydspharmacy focused on boosting its tech infrastructure through re-cabling and patching networks where necessary.

Ranjit Gill, CIO of Lloydspharmacy parent company McKesson UK, which was formerly known as Celesio UK, said: “We are very pleased with the way in which Vista have managed our projects; they have the scale, flexibility and experience to manage large scale technology changes within our business – they really are a true partner.”

He added that Vista proved its flexibility during the collaboration by ably managing additional project requirements and accelerations.

James Pepper, CEO of Vista, commented: “Modern businesses benefit from leveraging the use of the latest technology.

“Lloydspharmacy are continuing to innovate, and the Vista team are pleased to work with Lloyds to help them achieve this throughout their projects.”