The birthplace of software

David Hewitt, Head of Global Support & Implementation for RetailSystem – an award-winning, industry leading furniture & bed retailers combined ERP & EPOS solution, reveals why the upcoming Manchester Furniture Show is going to be a big milestone in their history.

Some 75 years ago, Manchester was the setting behind the birthplace of software. Although not furniture software, the milestone moment began the revolution of computing. In fact, The University of Manchester developed the ‘Manchester Baby’, also called the Small-Scale Experimental Machine (SSEM), and was the first electronic stored-program computer. It was built by Frederic C. Williams, Tom Kilburn, and Geoff Tootill, and ran its first program on 21 June 1948.

Since then, software has continued to develop at a rapid pace, with the furniture industry fortunate to have its own such developments. Streamlining this further, award-winning, industry leading furniture & bed retailers combined ERP & EPOS solution provider, RetailSystem has continued to make their own strides since its inception 20 years ago.

And now, in the birthplace of software, RetailSystem is preparing to unveil their ‘Version 20’ upgrade at next month’s Manchester Furniture Show (MFS), which takes place from 10-11 July 2024 at Manchester Central (just over a mile from the University where software began). “During MFS we present our upgrade ‘Version 20’, which is set to revolutionise the furniture industry,” said David Hewitt, Head of Global Support & Implementation for RetailSystem.

“Manchester is the perfect setting due to the city being the birthplace of software over 75 years ago and we’re really excited to showcase the next revolutionary software to our current and prospective customers. I would say it’s probably the biggest game changer the furniture retail industry has ever seen.”

Remaining tight lipped for now on the details, David did, however, reveal that the show will also see RetailSystem take their largest ever stand at a trade show in 20 years. “We’ve decided to really ramp up our presence due to everything we offer within our portfolio, including our rapidly growing website division ‘WebSystem’, FurnitureBooks, DigitalWarehouse, FurnitureKiosk and FurniturePay.”

Another area of investment that RetailSystem has continued to support is security. In the digital age, fraud, cyber threats and genuine human error can all lead to big problems, especially when it comes to software. “For every furniture and bed retailer that uses our services, we know that safety and security are vital,” says David.

“We consistently invest a huge percentage of our revenue into security to make sure every aspect of our service is safe, reliable and secure, giving our customers complete peace of mind.

“Whether you are a small, medium or large furniture or bedding retailer, RetailSystem has a solution to help you control, develop and scale your business into the future. If you want to be part of the Retail Revolution then look no further. We are here to guide and advise you on the best solution for your business. Join us in Manchester for the big ‘Version 20’ launch.”

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