Spacenet to upgrade and manage Cumberland Farms’ network at retail locations.
Cumberland Farms Inc. has selected Spacenet Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., and provider of managed network services, to upgrade and manage its communications infrastructure at more than 600 stores across 11 states.
The upgraded network solution will utilize DSL service to deliver higher network performance and a VSAT satellite overlay to maintain business continuity at each site. Spacenet will install the award winning Prysm Pro network management device at each location to monitor and manage this hybrid network.
“Cumberland Farms constantly assesses and revamps its strategies to improve each customer’s experience and make it an enjoyable one,” said Cumberland Farms’ Chief Information Officer Dave Banks. “Specific enhancements this time around required an optimization of our network performance and improved support of our in-store applications. The enhancements also allow us to have a separate network at the stores for non-PCI compliant devices and partners, which is very important as we bring in new technologies.
“We knew that we would not achieve our goals without the right communications partner, one that understood our business and values when providing our customers with the tremendous service level that we always strive for,” he added. “Spacenet’s expertise in managed network services made it the ideal choice, giving us the flexibility we need while boosting network efficiency and reducing our overall costs. The upgraded network and services from Spacenet will help us keep our position as the premier convenience brand and fulfill our promise to make every day easier for the communities we serve.”
Because of its unique vendor agnostic approach, Spacenet will be able to upgrade Cumberland Farms’ existing broadband services to higher speed broadband services while providing VSAT based business continuity and multicast capabilities. This upgraded network will provide Cumberland Farms locations with a cost-effective, redundant communication network, which will support their advanced retail application needs from PCI compliance to POS and inventory tracking as well as back-office applications.
“Spacenet and Cumberland Farms share a similar vision, to deliver unparalleled service and tremendous value to their customers through innovation and support,” said Spacenet President and Chief Operating Officer Glenn Katz. “Together, we will be able to help Cumberland Farms continue providing superb customer service and innovative products to its clients while reducing cost and ensuring network availability. This contract represents more than an extension of our relationship; it’s a partnership for success.”