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3 Ways Centralized Technology Staging Improves IT Deployment Success

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The worldwide expenditure on IT within the retail sector is predicted to experience a 6.6% increase in 2023, amounting to $193.4 billion in constant U.S. dollars, according to Gartner’s projections. This figure surpasses 2022 spending of $181.5 billion. Looking ahead, by the year 2026, the estimated IT spending in the retail industry is expected to reach approximately $240.7 billion. 

As the demand for technology in stores, and therefore retail technology budgets continue to soar, merchants are seeking ways to improve their IT deployment success rates to reduce costs and improve speed to market. 

The solution: centralized technology staging. By investing in centralized staging, merchants can drastically improve the success of their technology deployments. Here are three ways it helps.

1. Centralized Technology Staging Simplifies Your Fieldwork

With centralized staging, a core group of five to ten technicians are responsible for the staging, building, and packaging of all your technology components. This means that all technology is already staged and set up to plug and play in the field, making the work less complex for field technicians and ensuring the same quality can be achieved each time. 

In addition to improving technology deployment success rates, centralized integration allows merchants to eliminate the small inconsistencies that come from staging events conducted in the field that lead to increased costs associated with remediation, revisits, and delays. So, in addition to improving the success of the IT deployment, a less complex in-field event reduces overall costs as well. 

2. Limit the New Hardware Failure Rate for Your IT Deployments

With a centralized approach, all devices are immediately tested upon arrival at the staging facility. This means that any faulty devices are identified and replaced before they ever hit the retailer’s shelves and ensures all equipment is set up correctly and fully functioning when it arrives in store. Not only does this save on field testing costs, but it also prevents installation schedules from slipping.

3. Streamline Your Technology Deployment Partner Relationships

As more technologies have come into stores, merchants have found themselves with a growing number of disparate partners managing that technology. This can lead to an increased likelihood of miscommunication and mistakes. 

By implementing centralized technology staging, merchants cut down the number of partners necessary for a deployment, giving them fewer vendors to manage and improved productivity, minimized errors, and reduced costs. 

The most important factor here is to ensure you find the right partner. Merchants need to seek out an experienced, agile solution provider with full lifecycle capabilities for centralized staging. 

Level 10 clients benefit from our 100% accuracy with asset management, staging, integration, and kitting, and logistics. Our full suite of centralized staging services include: 

diagram illustrates centralized technology staging services available through Level 10, including hardware receipt and testing, custom software loading and testing, key injection, and more.

As the amount of in-store tech continues to grow, it is increasingly important for merchants to take advantage of the benefits of centralized staging to improve the success of their rollouts. 

To learn more about how centralized integration can help you improve your IT deployment success rates, download our eBook, “How Merchants Can Improve Technology Deployment Success Rates.”