Toshiba launched a major e-commerce platform designed to move giant retail customers from their legacy IT solutions to a next generation e-commerce architecture based on micro-services and new retail technologies.

The ELERA Unified Commerce Platform from Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions has been four years in development and was announced at the National Retail Federation conference. It launches with an initial group of 30 microservices with more to follow. 

Toshiba is one of the world’s largest suppliers of point-of sale-and retail systems. 

The COVID-19 economic fallout has led to many well known retailers going out of business but Rance Poehler, president and CEO, Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions says he expects demand for ELERA to be high.

“We have close relations with the world’s largest retailers and during the COVID-19 lockdowns they realized how indispensable we are because they needed to quickly implement new payment systems, self-checkouts, etc. Hundreds of our people have been working at their sites helping them setting up an e-commerce infrastructure that allows them to compete with Amazon and other online retailers, and quickly add new capabilities,” says Poehler. 

The company is working with 30 startups to integrate cutting edge retail technologies into ELERA , which would give Toshiba’s users a quick way to access and implement new technologies.

He said that the retail industry