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| Restaurant Applies Linux to Extranet Linking 70 Outlets
March 1, 1999 (TOKYO) -- New Tokyo Restaurant Co., Ltd., a major food-service
company, said it will build a system for placing and receiving orders
for 70 outlets via an extranet linked to about 30 business partners,
including food wholesalers.
|The system is expected to be in full operation by May. Linux has been
chosen as the server operating system, and Apache as the Web server
New Tokyo Restaurant, which has about 170 outlets, decided to use Linux
because of its low cost and stable operability. In the first stage,
70 shops will be covered by the system, the restaurant company said.
The New Tokyo headquarters will manage purchase orders, to build an efficient
ordering process and cut distribution costs.
The resulting business streamlining is expected to reduce the costs of
ordering and distribution operations. Those costs currently total about
12 billion yen annually (USS$98.7 million). The company hopes to slash
the costs by some 500 million yen. Its investment in the new technology
will total about 20 million yen.
A server designed for receiving/placing orders was installed at NT Trading
Corp. (NTC), a New Tokyo subsidiary for the distribution business. Each
restaurant will send purchase order data to the server via ISDN lines.
NTC collects data from all shops and divides them into groups by supplier.
Using this method, the suppliers access the server daily to confirm
information such as requested goods and the quantity for the next day.
New Tokyo completed first-phase intranets in 1995, linking together the
headquarters, shops and subsidiaries.
In the new system, suppliers and business partners are connected via
PCs with Internet access. Almost all related businesses are expected
Also, New Tokyo announced a plan to study the feasibility of adopting
Linux database software.
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