- Arsalan Ijaz Anwer, CEO, Computing Solutions
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How Meri Pharmacy spreads social impact with Retail Pro Prism in Pakistan's pharmaretail revolution
Meri Pharmacy – Meri meaning 'mine' in the Urdu language used in Pakistan – is the new project of the Marie Stopes Society, an NGO specializing in family planning and reproductive health services. The Society has been helping families in Pakistan since the 1980s and is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development.
In opening this new pharmacy, the Marie Stopes Society needed a point of sale and retail management software to efficiently manage their operations and chose the flexible Retail Pro Prism solution.
Since Marie Stopes Society runs Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP, the obvious inclination would be to adopt MS Dynamics AX Retail – but instead the team chose Retail Pro Prism for its ease of use at POS, accuracy of inventory, intelligent replenishment, centralized control and secure data visibility along the management hierarchy.
Retail Pro Prism was recommended internally to the Marie Stopes Society by employees who had joined them from other Pakistani pharmacies, DVAGO and Ehad Healthcare, and had gotten to experience the POS software firsthand. The Society worked with the regional experts in Retail Pro, Retail Pro Business Partner, Computing Solutions, to implement the innovative technology for their pharmacy.
"When it came to a final decision between the two I asked them only one question," commented Arsalan Ijaz Anwer, Computing Solutions CEO, "Do you want to be the guinea pig using AX Retail or do you want to invest in a solution that is tried and tested in your industry and in this market, and is implemented by people who understand the process and the pharma language?"
The answer was clear and is a testimony to the fact that both Retail Pro Prism software and the Computing Solution team's service are loved by retailers and stakeholders in Pakistan's pharmacy sphere.
The Meri Pharmacy team of cashiers, officers and managers completed training for certification in Retail Pro Prism, so every member of the team is equipped to make the best use of this deep retail management software.
Relied upon and loved by its end users for its ease of use, flexibility and global best practices, Retail Pro is the core technology supporting the recent revolution in Pakistan's pharmaretail. Hundreds of pharmacy end users across the country from Peshawar to Karachi now leverage Retail Pro every day for their operations.
The Marie Stopes Society is well-known in Pakistan for its role in helping humanity, and Retail Pro Prism is helping Meri Pharmacy create this much-needed social impact at the grassroots level by empowering them with strong inventory management capabilities, pharmacy-specific functionality and centralized reporting.