BRP Consulting Introduces New Network Assessment Service to Help Retailers Increase Bandwidth, Improve Reliability and Reduce Costs

In-depth Assessment Simplifies and Optimizes Network Capabilities to Enable Real-time Retail and Enhance the Shopping Experience

Boston, MA – July 10, 2018– BRP announces a new Retail Network Assessment Service to help retailers transform their networks and support the enhanced shopping experiences consumers now expect. Over the last nine years, BRP has helped many retail companies simplify and optimize their network to increase bandwidth, improve reliability, reduce costs and enhance the customer experience. Packaging BRP’s proven best practices and assessment methodology into this new offering enables more companies to achieve the significant benefits of an optimized network.

“Customer expectations are higher than ever and the plethora of new applications retailers are introducing to improve the customer experience put a strain on current bandwidth and create network bottlenecks,” said Ken Morris, principal, BRP. “Slow, outdated networks are not acceptable, as they frustrate and alienate customers and store associates. Now is the time to simplify and optimize the retail network to support the store of the future. One of the first steps is to find and replace plain old telephone systems (POTS) lines, that support non-IT departments like store operations and security, with VoIP to achieve significant cost savings that can fund other initiatives.”

As retailers continue to deploy more applications via the cloud, along with implementing data rich services; a simple, fast, agile, reliable and secure network solution is imperative for a successful transformation to the future store.

With an in-depth assessment of a retailer’s network ecosystem, there are often many ways to simplify and improve performance. By consolidating solutions and implementing SD-WAN, retailers can optimize and increase bandwidth, while providing 100 percent uptime. Through this assessment retailers can realize many benefits:

  • Elimination of plain old telephone service (POTS) lines
  • Significantly increased bandwidth
  • Improved network reliability, capability and diversity
  • Reduction in total network spend

To learn more about BRP’s Retail Network Assessment Services and request an assessment of your network environment, visit:

About BRP

BRP is an innovative retail management consulting firm dedicated to providing superior service and enduring value to our clients. BRP combines its consultants’ deep retail business knowledge and cross-functional capabilities to deliver superior design and implementation of strategy, technology, and process solutions. The firm’s unique combination of industry focus, knowledge-based approach, and rapid, end-to-end solution deployment helps clients to achieve their business potential. BRP’s consulting services include:

Strategy | Business Intelligence | Business Process Optimization | Point of Sale (POS)
Mobile POS | Payment Security | E-Commerce | Store Systems and Operations | CRM
Unified Commerce | Customer Experience | Order Management | Networks
Merchandise Management | Supply Chain | Private Equity

Study: The store of the future is digitized, and now it needs a network

Chain Store Age – As retailers infuse more digital features into the store experience, they need robust networks to support their digital offerings.

A majority (79%) of consumers prefer to shop in stores, however mobility is playing a stronger role in these visits. In fact, 29% of consumer plan to increase their mobile shopping experiences in the next 24 months, according to “The Future Retail Network Manifesto,” a study from Boston Retail Partners.

According to data, 41% of shoppers utilize their mobile device in the store to look up product information, and 39% use their smartphone to compare prices and availability with the competition.

As consumers rely on mobile devices to research, communicate and purchase in a non-linear shopping journey, retailers are being forced rethink the networks they use to support the evolving store experience. As retailers make a move toward the store of the future, they need to embrace new network imperatives: simple, fast, agile, reliable, and secure.

“We are in the midst of a retail renaissance, as the way customers shop has transformed the traditional store model,” said Ken Morris, principal, Boston Retail Partners (BRP). “To meet consumers’ demand for the future store requires the adoption of real-time, cloud-based technologies enabled by a powerful network,” he said. “Now is the time to transform the network to support the store of the future.”

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