SES-imagotag, the global leader in Electronic Shelf Labels (ESLs) and digital solutions for physical retail, today announced that Kesko has chosen SES-imagotag to implement more than 6.6 million VUSION labels and the VUSION Retail IoT Cloud platform in its stores.
Kesko and K-retailers form K Group which is the third largest retail operator in northern Europe with more than 1,800 stores in 8 countries. Following a successful pilot phase and a thorough analysis of several ESL solutions, Kesko, selected SES-imagotag for its VUSION IoT Cloud platform and the quality of its hardware, both seen as futureproof and as the guarantee of a low total cost of ownership.
With SES-imagotag’s VUSION Cloud platform, Kesko will benefit from a unique solution, able to operate hundreds of stores. At the same time, VUSION will be integrated through open APIs within Kesko’s existing third-party applications.
Arto Hiltunen, CIO of Kesko said: ”We are excited to build market-leading cloud-based ESL solution for our stores together with SES-imagotag and further improve the customer experience in our stores. In our analysis and pilots SES-imagotag performed extremely well in their future vision, technology platform and their ability to execute the solution in our stores.”
Sébastien Fourcy, SEVP Sales EMEA of SES-imagotag, concluded: “We are thrilled to be selected by Kesko on such an important contract, especially after a thorough analysis of several ESL solutions. To be chosen by such a major retailer, and its network of independent store owners, is a great recognition of the scalability, performance and benefits of VUSION. We will be able to provide them with a leading-edge, futureproof technology across all their stores, while ensuring a low total cost of ownership thanks to the Cloud. Once again, our strategy in the Nordic region is paying off, and this win further cements our position as the global leader in ESLs and cloud-based IoT solutions.”
Kesko and K-retailers form K Group, whose sales total €13 billion. K Group is the third largest retail operator in northern Europe and it employs approximately 43,000 people. Kesko operates in the grocery trade, the building and technical trade and the car trade. Its divisions and chains act in close cooperation with retailer entrepreneurs and other partners. Kesko’s net sales are €11 billion and it employs approximately 25,000 people. Kesko has more than 1,800 stores engaged in chain operations in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus and Poland. Kesko is a listed company and its shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. The company’s domicile and main premises are in Helsinki. Kesko is the world’s most sustainable grocery trade company (The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World).
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