Billa

Voice and data connectivity in retail industry.


All our supermarkets are interconnected via Telekom data services to the headquarters, so we can have a clear and real-time view of our stock enabling us to immediately look up items requested by our customers. This way they will always find these products on our shelves.

Georgia Sorana, CEO of Billa Romania

Benefits

  • Lower costs: A single network is more cost-effective to operate and run than several networks linked together
  • Increased productivity and simplified operations for mobile services
  • One service contact and invoice from one provider for all services
  • A dedicated sales representative

Challenge

Customer satisfaction and loyalty are key areas for any retail business. To ensure this, Billa Romania needed a fast and clear overview of merchandise stock levels and a dedicated call centre for customers. For business continuity they needed a reliable and fast data connection, as well as speedy communication between employees at all supermarkets. Customers also needed a dedicated phone number they could call to ask about promotions, loyalty cards, and other Billa information.

Solution

Billa has had fixed-voice services from Deutsche Telekom since they have opened their first shop in Romania in 1999. As the network developed, the communication needs of the business became more complex. All 86 locations are linked via premium Internet in order to be able to support sales and stocking applications, and all branches are also connected to the firm’s headquarters. Mobile voice and data services have become an important part of the day-to-day activity of Billa’s employees.

Last year, Telekom offered Billa a customised call centre solution, so that their customers can have a dedicated toll-free number. Reachable from any fixed or mobile network, the hotline provides updates on current promotions, information about their customer loyalty cards, and answers questions about Billa’s products.

About Billa

Billa opened its first supermarket in Romania in Bucharest in 1999, followed by a second store in Constanta. Billa currently has 86 supermarkets across the country with over 3,500 employees. Billa Romania is now part of the REWE Group, a large food retail and tourism operator. The REWE Group is present in 16 European countries with approximately 15,000 shops generating a turnover of over €50 billion annually.

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