Generally it is only technology vendors that come out with some proclamation of a solution that is going to be built. The technology industry conference circuit would collapse were it not for these so-called vaporware announcements. What is unusual, however, is to see a technology vendor partnering with a business in the “real world” to announce their joint intention to build a technology solution.
Yet that is what Infor and Whole Foods did recently. Infor is a large technology vendor — it built technology solutions that automate processes for a bunch of different industries, healthcare, manufacturing and public sector among them. Another area that Infor is increasingly working is that of wholesale distribution and retail, and this announcement falls in that arena.