Office Depot selects Global Crossing for network that supports data, voice services
Florham Park, N.J. Global Crossing, global provider of office products and services, announced that it is providing Office Depot with a strategic multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) network that supports data and voice services to more than 100 Office Depot warehouse distribution centers and large customer sites in the United States, Europe, China and Israel.
The three-year, multi-million dollar contract supplies Office Depot with a strategic alternative network, in addition to their existing service provider, that provides them the benefits of Global Crossing’s Internet Protocol MPLS infrastructure to streamline communications among key Office Depot locations around the world.
Global Crossing also deployed a flexible usage-based billing model for Office Depot that helps the customer manage the network throughput more efficiently and cost effectively.
“Global Crossing’s out-of-the-box thinking and approach to our needs convinced us that they were the right choice for Office Depot,” said Bert Bertagna, senior director of global IT for Office Depot. “We appreciate the flexibility they showed and are now benefiting from the cost savings and reliability the Global Crossing MPLS network provides us.”
Smoke less, smell better
All this month Target is promoting an initiative called Celebrate Smoke-free designed to promote the benefits of not smoking while helping customer and employees choose a strategy to quit that suits their needs and lifestyle. Target hasn’t sold cigarettes in its stores since 1996.
The retailer does offer a wide assortment of stop-smoking aids and is giving those items greater visibility to Target Pharmacy and Target Clinic healthcare professionals who can offer support, smoking-cessation materials and advice. The month-long campaign is promoted with in-store signing, informational brochures and features in the weekly ad and at Target.com. The program coincides with the American Cancer Society’s 2010 Great American Smokeout on Nov.18. The Great American Smokeout is now in its 35th year.
Aldi opens new Florida location
Sebring, Fla. — Aldi opened a 17,000-sq.-ft. supermarket in Sebring, Fla., on Thursday.
The new store is Aldi’s 42nd Florida location. The grocery retailer opened its first store in the state in 2008 and, according to the company, will have 47 in Florida by year-end.