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7-Eleven deploys HP technology in US stores

HP and retailer 7-Eleven have signed a five-year, $55m (£31m) deal, in an effort to support its growing retail operation and improve customer experience in its 5,300 stores nationwide 

"7-Eleven selected approximately 5,000 HP Proliant servers and other in-store HP infrastructure technology for all of their US locations," according to HP spokeswoman Dayna Fried.

"They have been deploying the technology over the past eight months. HP is also providing ongoing customer support across all HP products, including servers, storage, networking technology and printing devices." 

Fried said the HP technology will help 7-Eleven reduce operating and acquisition costs while increasing efficiency and productivity.

The technology, which supports 7-Eleven's Retail Information System (RIS), allows store operators to use in-store computers to reorder best-selling inventory and remove slow-moving items from store shelves. 

The hardware driving the RIS project includes HP ProLiant servers, printers, monitors and ProCurve Networking by HP switches. The deal also includes a five-year maintenance contract with HP Services. 

"HP technology helps us to differentiate ourselves from other retailers in the way we run our stores, select and distribute products, work with suppliers, serve customers and communicate to our key stakeholders," said 7-Eleven chief information officer Keith Morrow.

"With this new, reliable technology we can stay ahead of constantly changing business conditions, analyse customer trends and jump on new business opportunities."

Linda Rosencrance writes for Computerworld


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