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Kleenmaid Selects Nortel And Commander For New Communications Network

  • 04 December, 2006 13:39

<p>SYDNEY, Australia – Kleenmaid, Australia's largest direct retailer of kitchen and laundry appliances, has chosen an integrated IP PBX and contact centre from Nortel to support its expansion to a new head office on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.</p>
<p>The network will be installed and maintained by Nortel Platinum nPower partner and long-standing Kleenmaid business partner Commander in December. Aside from offering the latest IP technology and a seamless upgrade path to IP telephony, it is anticipated that the network will improve customer service through simpler and more direct connections between customers and Kleenmaid’s 36 national franchised retail outlets. It will also improve management’s access to calls and contact centre statistics, and integrate call functionality with mobile devices and PCs.</p>
<p>“Our current PABX has reached the end of its life, so we took the opportunity while moving to a new head office to implement an all-new communications platform for the company,” says David Ingram-Johnson, IT manager, Kleenmaid. “In doing so we wanted to lay the foundations for our future communication requirements, not only at head office but also at our retail outlets”.</p>
<p>“That meant moving to IP, with a solution that bundles all the functionality we need today, and allows us to activate new features as we grow without having to pay a premium for hardware upgrades,” says Ingram-Johnson.</p>
<p>“As companies grow, their communication networks need to scale and grow with them,” says Nick Avakian, general manager, Enterprise Solutions, Australia and New Zealand, Nortel. “While it’s clear that IP is the new communications standard, many companies don’t want or need every feature the technology enables. It’s important therefore to find a solution that combines all the essential features of an IP PBX with the business-grade reliability of a PABX, that allows for new features to be switched on or off as needed.”</p>
<p>Nortel and Commander were chosen after a thorough tender process to provide a complete end-to-end IP solution comprising Nortel Ethernet Routing Switch 5510s and Ethernet Switch 470s, a Nortel Communication Server 1000 PBX with Nortel 1140, 2002 and 2004 IP handsets, and Nortel Contact Centre 6 to address Kleenmaid's multimedia contact centre requirements. Commander will also provide VPN services and an upgrade path for migrating Kleenmaid’s retail outlets to IP telephony.</p>
<p>“We took the decision to use Nortel for the full infrastructure of our new building, including the LAN, so there was one point of contact and optimal compatibility between every part of the voice and data network,” says Ingram-Johnson. “The Nortel PBX gives us the flexibility to slipstream our analogue fax lines into the IP infrastructure, and to activate GSM call functionality so staff can make a GSM call from their IP handsets or desktops and take advantage of the group call rates we get from our GSM service provider.</p>
<p>“In the future we’ll be able to activate even more functionality, like call telephony integration between desktops and handsets so calls can be made from any device, and integrated call features like voicemail on the desktop and e-mail from the handset,” says Ingram-Johnson. “Also, once we equip our stores with IP PBXs, staff will be able to travel anywhere in the country and retain their own extension numbers and voicemail boxes.</p>
<p>“We’re taking it one step at a time, and the solution we’ve chosen allows us to do that at a pace that suits our business, not the other way round,” he says.</p>
<p>Steve Evans, Commander’s Group GM Enterprise adds: “Being a Nortel Platinum partner, we are well prepared to service a leading brand like Kleenmaid with its communications needs today and into the future. The unique advantages Commander and Nortel deliver in key business areas like performance, functionality and customer service are designed to address Kleenmaid’s growing needs across a number of communications devices and within a timeframe that works.”</p>
<p>About Nortel</p>
<p>Nortel is a recognized leader in delivering communications capabilities that enhance the human experience, ignite and power global commerce, and secure and protect the world’s most critical information. Our next-generation technologies, for both service providers and enterprises, span access and core networks, support multimedia and business-critical applications, and help eliminate today’s barriers to efficiency, speed and performance by simplifying networks and connecting people with information. Nortel does business in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit Nortel on the Web at www.nortel.com. For the latest Nortel news, visit www.nortel.com/news.</p>
<p>About Kleenmaid</p>
<p>At a time when many Australian icons are moving offshore, Kleenmaid still proudly remains an Australian-owned success story. Kleenmaid was started in 1985 by two spare parts businessmen and is now Australia’s largest direct retailer of the best you can own in home appliances. With more than 30 locations nationally, Kleenmaid operates fully functioning showrooms, selling the most modern technology in ovens and cooktops, dishwashers, refrigeration and laundry. Kleenmaid’s secret to success is to deliver equally on quality of product and quality of service. And one million Australians can’t be wrong! They, and a growing number more use Kleenmaid products every day. Kleenmaid – the best you can own. For your nearest store call Kleenmaid on 13 13 08 or visit www.kleenmaid.com</p>
<p>About Commander</p>
<p>The Commander business has been tailoring leading business communications and technology solutions to meet Australia’s business needs for over 25 years. Commander began with office telephone systems. Through a series of strategic acquisitions and relationships with leading technology companies, we have broadened our expertise to provide complete business communications and technology solutions. Our solutions span office and mobile telephony, IT hardware and software, Internet and network access, converged solutions, support and maintenance services and software licensing. In 2006, Commander and Volante joined forces, introducing infrastructure solutions, software solutions, strategic consulting services and Volante Managed Services to the portfolio. The breadth of our solutions is unmatched by any other Australian ICT organisation. More information is available at www.commander.com</p>
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