World`s Leading Cast Iron Cookware Manufacturer Improves POS System, Increases Network Availability, And Reduces Costs Through Voice And Data Convergence
ST. LOUIS, Mo.--July 18, 2005--SAVVIS, Inc. (NASDAQ:SVVS), a leading global IT utility, today announced that Le Creuset of America, Inc., the world`s leading manufacturer and distributor of enameled cast iron cookware, is using SAVVIS Network Services to connect their operations centers and stores nationwide. Under the terms of the agreement, SAVVIS will provide a persistent network that Le Creuset will use for both data applications and voice traffic.
SAVVIS` network will power key applications, such as Le Creuset`s point-of-sale system, credit card transactions, inventory management, email and internet access. The network will also provide for real-time polling of the point-of-sale system, which allows Le Creuset to collect and process information more efficiently while improving the accessibility of sales performance data.
"We wanted to upgrade our POS systems, but couldn`t take advantage of the new system`s functionality using the dial-up network connections we had in our stores," said Bruce Wallingford, IT Director of Le Creuset. "We were prepared for an increase in per store costs due to the new network solution, but by choosing SAVVIS we were actually able to save money on our overall telecommunications costs. Our SAVVIS network supports our new POS system and allows us to run both data and voice applications which lowered our overall costs by 30% compared to all the other alternatives we considered."
With North American headquarters in South Carolina, Le Creuset currently owns and operates stores in the United States and throughout Europe. The company also owns Screwpull, a globally-recognized wine accessories retailer. Both Le Creuset and Screwpull have established channel partnerships with distinguished resellers such as Williams-Sonoma, Federated Department Stores and Amazon.com.
"Le Creuset is an excellent example of a forward-thinking retailer that recognizes the value that a single, converged voice and data network can bring to their business," said Steve Ward, Retail Business Manager at SAVVIS. "Their implementation proves that SAVVIS` converged network services can provide the features and functionality for the most demanding retail systems and have a positive impact on a retailer`s bottom-line."
SAVVIS currently serves more than 400 customers in the retail industry worldwide, including: Albertson`s, Ann Taylor, Gucci, Montblanc, JoS. A. Bank Clothiers, and The Mills Corp. These and other retailers rely upon SAVVIS to deliver outsourced IT services that support all of their retail channels, whether in store, online or in print, and provide significant savings over internal solutions or traditional outsourcing models.
SAVVIS, Inc. (NASDAQ:SVVS) is a global IT utility services provider that focuses exclusively on IT solutions for businesses. With an IT services platform that extends to 47 countries, SAVVIS has over 5,000 enterprise customers and leads the industry in delivering secure, reliable, and scalable hosting, network, and application services. These solutions enable customers to focus on their core business while SAVVIS ensures the quality of their IT systems and operations. SAVVIS` strategic approach combines virtualization technology, a global network and 24 data centers, and automated management and provisioning systems. For more information about SAVVIS, visit: http://www.savvis.net.
This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from SAVVIS` expectations. Certain factors that could affect actual results are set forth as risk factors in SAVVIS` SEC reports and filings, including its annual report on Form 10-K and all subsequent filings. SAVVIS assumes no obligation to update or supplement forward-looking statements.
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