Most retail stores have one or more POS systems that connect the payment provider and the central ERP system for inventory control, logistics, purchasing and financial administration. There may also be a camera registration system linked to an emergency room. The increasingly popular Beacons for Location-Based Services need to communicate.
“Retailers need connectivity hubs to distribute data and functionality across their outlets and offices.”
Consumers expect stores to offer free Wi-Fi. More and more applications are shifting to IP. It’s all about IP+, where + represents the communication protocols that specific applications use for their communication. The type of connectivity that the retailer needs differs per formula, per application and per establishment. A Global Consumer Brand has different communication requirements in its flagship stores than those of a supermarket in a remote part of the country. This need has to be evaluated properly.
• Cost control – Maximum reduction of your TCO
• Global Reach – You need to connect city centres but also remote locations
• Efficiency – One provider, one contact, one contract
• Availability – ‘Five 9s’
Retailers usually have a lean & mean IT Department that is there to ensure its IT systems run smoothly and that the desired innovations are implemented. Delivering connectivity from London for a new branch in Naples, for example, is not part of the department’s daily task or routine procedures. Even ordering connectivity from the country’s major providers can lead to a bureaucratic nightmare, if only because of the language barrier. In some countries the branches have already to be open before the request for connectivity can be accepted. And who says large national players have the best offer in terms of price, quality and bandwidth? International management and managing connectivity is a specialised job.
Custom Connect Zero Assessment
Which connectivity do you need and which choice best addresses your business strategy? Why not perform the Custom Connect Zero Assessment to align connectivity with your business objectives, processes, your specific market and applications? From a risk management and cost perspective, determining the connectivity you require for each application category is critical.
Scope of the Zero Assesment
1 Business objectives and how connectivity influences them
2 Regulatory considerations
3 Basic infrastructure and applications
4 Industry-specific applications
5 The relationships between data, servers, storage, networks, clouds and regions
6 The data volume per unit of time (actual and anticipated)
7 Required bandwidth (dimensioned on peak load)
8 The allocation of bandwidth per application and per location
Select an independent specialist that can implement a flexible infrastructure that caters to your exact needs. A partner that stays on-trend with developments and that reacts to industry changes when they occur. Select Custom Connect and lower your costs, improve availability and drive flexibility.
Custom Connect, That’s Why:
• Lowest TCO – Up to 30% Reduction
• Global reach – We supply in 250+ countries, 10,000+ cities
• Time to Market – Delivering in weeks instead of months
• One provider – Single Point of Contact/Contract for 1,500+ carriers worldwide
• Connect the Cloud – We connect to 5,000+ cloud providers
Tips for Retailers:
– You will have a greater need for availability than you may think, therefore conduct a Zero Assessment
– Ensure your own infrastructure between branches, offices, data centers , clouds and partners is of the highest standard
– Assess the bandwidth for each application – a one-size-fits-all strategy is needlessly expensive
– Never choose a single carrier for everything
– Remain flexible and alert
– Today’s solutions become outdated faster than you may think
“Global Brands select Custom Connect for network design and operations of their global connectivity. The customer with the largest footprint needed connectivity in 600+ shops in 120 countries.”