Magstar Completes Major Upgrade At Vincor International

Toronto, August, 2005: Magstar Inc., developer of the Magstar Total Retail suite of retail enterprise management software, announces the completion of a major upgrade of the head office and POS applications at Vincor International. The new head office software release brings an expanded wealth of functionality to Vincor International’s management team. A complete CRM package, enhanced wine specific features, comprehensive reporting, and data record mining capabilities are but a few of the immediate benefits seen in the upgrade.

The Linux based Magstar Total POS application, featuring a user-friendly GUI touch screen interface, was installed at 170+ Wine Rack, Jackson-Triggs, and Inniskillin wine boutiques and winery stores on a very aggressive and tightly managed rollout schedule. There was an immediate benefit seen in the stores: simplified training, enhanced security, plus a much higher rate of sales throughput on the new system (over 50% faster as compared to standard keyboard transaction entry).

Phase II of the rollout brought the Vincor USA group (R.H.Phillips-Hogue) onto the system and the Magstar Total POS was installed in the tasting rooms at their two wineries. Total Retail’s wine-specific features provide tremendous flexibility to the USA team, allowing them the future opportunity to take advantage of the integrated CRM and Order Entry subsystems for enhancing and growing the “Wine Club” segment of their business.


About Magstar, Inc.

Founded in 1985, Magstar provides fully integrated, enterprise-wide business application software and professional services to a variety of small to medium sized specialty operations in the US, Canada and the Caribbean Basin. Services include business consulting, work process analysis, custom software development, providing system hardware, installation, training, and 7×24 support with remote facilities management. The Total Retail system integrates business processes across all operational departments and divisions: Finance, Buyers, Stores, and Operations, including warehouse/distribution, call center and the Internet.

Magstar’s Wine Package boasts many features that empower beverage alcohol enterprises with the ability to easily manage the complexities of their industry: flexible tax structures, expanded item classifications and tables, multiple tasting note and points management, wine club and CRM management, plus customer preference tracking, to name but a few.


About Vincor International and Vincor USA

Vincor USA produces and markets an exceptional collection of premium and super premium wines, including wines of R.H. Phillips, located in the Dunnigan Hills of Northern California; Hogue Cellars, from Washington’s Columbia Valley; Kumala, South Africa; Kim Crawford, New Zealand; Goundrey of Western Australia; It also is the US marketer for Inniskillin and Jackson-Triggs wineries of Niagara, Ontario.

Vincor USA is a division of Vincor International Inc., North America’s 4th largest producer and marketer of wines and related products by volume. Vincor International purchased two family-owned wineries, R.H. Phillips Winery (in 2000) and Hogue Cellars (2002), and the two wineries combined their marketing and distribution networks to form Vincor’s US division in 2002, as R.H. Phillips-Hogue. The company’s named changed to Vincor USA in 2004.