Macquarie Telecom (ASX:MAQ) has signed a deal with fresh food company Spudshed to roll out its SD-WAN infrastructure to 24 retail and farming sites across Western Australia.
Run and operated by the Galati Group, Spudshed was established more than 50 years ago. The company employs more than 900 people across eight stores and 1,000 hectares of farmland.
Before engaging Macquarie, Spudshed was looking for a solution that would reduce its outage risk as outages could disrupt the company's entire process.
“We’re not just a retailer – our supply chain goes from the farm right to the customer basket, so if there’s an outage that entire process is disrupted,” Galati Group finance manager Grant Ainscoe said. “Outages mean deliveries can’t be made, card transactions can’t be processed, support staff are left sitting idle, and ultimately costs money and increases food wastage.”
“We’re also starting to analyse data on a daily, even hourly basis to help us make more informed decisions that benefit our customers. Having a reliable network is a must for keeping the lights on and managing that kind of activity,” Ainscoe added.
According to Frankie Galati, the Galati Group CEO, Macquarie's SD-WAN will enable the business to make faster decisions based on real-time information.
“Everyone should be able to afford healthy produce at a good price and that’s what drives us,” Galati said. “A major part of that is understanding what the customer wants and making decisions in real time based on this information.
"The network transition to SD-WAN will provide a secure, stable and reliable platform to achieve that and support more cloud services.
“We’re opening about one new store every year, and it’s important that we invest in the right technical resources to sustain that growth,” he added.
For Macquarie Telecom group executive Luke Clifton, Spudshed’s philosophy was simple – providing great service, reducing the cost of a weekly shop and enabling people in WA to make better food choices.
“The business understands how technology can help achieve that and is making smart decisions in the digital services and applications it implements," he said.
In March, Macquarie Telecom started to roll out of its SD-WAN technology to Australian aged care provider Hall & Prior following a successful trial.
The project could span across its 25 sites providing all residents with teleconferencing and social media access.
Macquarie Telecom also announced its biggest SD-WAN deal in February when it started to roll out its SD-WAN technology for childcare centre operator, G8 Education (ASX:GEM).
At the time, there were 70 centres using Macquarie’s SD-WAN with plans to having the solution deployed to all 516 centres.