Mosaic Fashions, the company behind the Principles, Oasis and Whistles clothing brands, has installed a new communications network linking its 650 sites across the UK and Ireland.
The fashion firm will use the network provided by Thus and Vodat to speed up sales transactions, stream high volumes of data between stores and improve knowledge sharing across the company.
Mosaic Fashions' strategy is based on developing strongly differentiated brands, but using shared skills, infrastructure and back-end systems. The new network will boost communication links between the different brands and sites.
The network will also support developments in the firm’s electronic point of sale (Epos) systems and allow staff to make Voice over IP (VoIP) calls, saving on telecommunications costs.
John Bovill, IT director at Mosaic Fashions, said: "We decided to take a fresh approach to our network and to streamline communication between stores. The speed of delivery of sales data, transactions and applications now means that each brand is more efficient in its working practices.”
He added: “Network installation started in September and we will start to see cost reductions on our VoIP calls in 2007. The new network also provides us with the potential to offer video streaming, CCTV streaming and e-learning to our stores if we require this functionality in the future.”