1G and 10G transceivers help essential retailers keep their in-store networks up-to-date
With the COVID-19 pandemic causing a mandatory lockdown for millions of people worldwide, many have been hesitant to revert to traditional shopping behaviors. Large retailers and grocers like Target, Walmart, and Ralph’s who sell essential goods have acquired new shopping etiquette to ensure the safety of their customers and employees. This includes mandatory face coverings to be worn at all times in the store, maintain physical distancing, rigorous cleaning procedures and implementing plexiglass at kiosks throughout stores.
As retailers encourage these new safety behaviors, they still want to ensure their customers are having an optimal shopping experience. To guarantee this experience, stores have been:
- Adding more self check-out kiosks to decrease person-to-person contact
- Increasing their WiFi bandwidth to support both associate and guest mobile use
- Ensuring reliance on real-time data from cloud-based systems for employees to check inventory and price information for their customers
These provisions help customers have a tip-top brick-and-mortar experience while supporting safe shopping habits. This is a trend that may change the retail world forever. That said, how will retailers compete for the best in-store networks to win over customers?
The most common in-store network investments have been LAN upgrades:
To existing copper infrastructure
- Media converters – Extend in-store coverage without installing new cabling.
To decrease network bottlenecks
- 1G and 10G LAN upgrades - Fiber transceivers.
- Memory upgrades to drive performance from key servers, switches, and routers.