Fast Retailing's expanding operations in China are to be supported by scalable IT solutions from Retek Inc it was revealed on Tuesday.

The group is one of Japan's largest retailers, and opened its first two Uniqlo stores in China on 30 September. Retek solutions will form the backbone of its global retail information technology (IT) infrastructure, and will serve as the platform for Fast Retailing's Japan operations as well as all new countries of entry.

The implementation for Fast Retailing's China operations was executed in just nine months by NS Solutions Corporation, one of Japan's leading system integrators. This implementation of a Retek merchandising solution is the first of its kind for a Japanese retailer.

"The China market is a great opportunity and very important to Fast Retailing," said Nobuo Domae, chief information officer with Fast Retailing.