Cable&Wireless to provide and manage Ermegildo Zegna’s global IT communications network

Cable&Wireless has won a three-year, multi-million Euro contract to provide a global communications infrastructure for Zegna, the luxury men’s clothing company. Cable&Wireless will proactively manage Zegna’s growing international communications infrastructure from its data centres in Dublin and Munich.

The Ermenegildo Zegna Group is the world leader in luxury men’s clothing, employing more than 7.000 staff worldwide with a turnover of 843.4 million Euro in 2007. The Group has 547 monobrand points of sale in 93 countries.

Cable&Wireless was chosen to provide Zegna’s entire network infrastructure due to the reach and capacity of its global IP network, and its expertise in managing next-generation communications for leading international retail chains.

By reducing the need for Zegna to invest in local IT systems and technical personnel as it grows its network of international stores, the fully managed solution will deliver considerable cost savings.

Cable&Wireless is migrating all of Zegna’s retail branches onto its global Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP VPN). This integrated, high-speed network gives Zegna a centralized view of all its business-critical retail applications including real-time stock and accounts information.

This is essential for enhanced management of Zegna’s inventory across global markets including latest offers and the introduction of exclusive new clothing lines.

Additionally, the flexible IP solution has been designed to add next-generation retail applications including digital signage and broadcast advertising across all Zegna stores.

Noreen O’Hare, Director of Europe, Cable&Wireless, said: “We’re proud to be working with Zegna and this partnership highlights the growing importance international retailers attach to single global IP communications contracts.”

Cable&Wireless has significant experience in delivering solutions to the retail sector throughout Asia, Europe and the US. “This experience ensures that we understand the needs of our retail customers and are well placed to deliver a great customer service,” she added.

“For Zegna, we’re providing a completely managed approach to its communication requirements that will enhance its IT capabilities, while also accelerating business performance and creating cost efficiencies.”