Tesco is partnering with Verizon, a leading global technology company, to migrate to a single global network, designed to underpin the retailer’s ongoing application and infrastructure centralisation programme.
Verizon said it is providing secure connectivity to link Tesco’s suppliers, partners, customers and colleagues in 12 countries around the globe. Importantly, the new network infrastructure also offers a foundation from which Tesco can deliver key business applications consistently to all stakeholders. This will enable Tesco to roll out new technologies and services more quickly and effectively, while also achieving significant cost efficiencies, said Verizon.
Verizon claims its technical expertise is a key enabler for Tesco’s global transformation, which aims to connect customers to quality products, affordably and conveniently; connect producers and suppliers to new markets, at home and abroad; and connect its business to its communities and help address social challenges.
Tomas Kadlec, group infrastructure IT director, at Tesco, said: “Verizon is helping us to consolidate, centralise and converge our infrastructure across the world. This marks a step change for Tesco in terms of both security and managed networked services. The cutover to the Verizon network has gone exceptionally well, accordingly to plan and within the agreed framework.”
Mike McNamara, Tesco’s chief information officer, said: “Verizon has the scope and expertise to help us deliver on our vision wherever we are around the globe. Whether in our stores, online, or on the move, we need our infrastructure to support our business goals. Verizon combines technology innovation with pragmatic application to help us build solutions for today, and platforms to support the future of retail. We are looking forward to delivering the results of this collaboration to our stakeholders around the globe.”
Kadlec outlines his view of how technology will impact Tesco’s customers in the coming months, and some of the specific projects Tesco is undertaking to, for example, bring the omni-channel experience to life.