mt4.jpgIT network solutions specialist KMH Group needed a supply partner with the power to perform when it was asked to streamline the re-charging of staff communication handsets in Marks and Spencer stores across the UK. KMH is working with the major retailer on upgrading networks at a number of its stores and, as part of this work, identified the need to improve facilities for staff to charge their in-store wireless handsets, used for internal communication and stock control.

By collaborating with cable management specialist Marshall-Tufflex’s Specials Department, KMH solved the dilemma, coming up with Universal Charging Racks, a wall-mounted system that delivers power to a large number of chargers. The customised system not only allows M&S staff to quickly and easily locate handsets in the charging rack, it also eradicates unsightly and potentially hazardous wires and leads.

The racks are constructed from Marshall-Tufflex’s impact resistant PVC-U Maxi-Trunking system. They are built in multiples of ten docking units to cater for the varying number of handsets in different stores. For example, a 100 handset unit has recently been installed in Marks and Spencer’s flagship store at Marble Arch, London.

Peter Hiscox, Director, KMH Group said: “Our policy is to work with UK manufacturers we can trust to do a quality job. We wanted a company we could work closely with from the concept stage so that modifications could be made as required. Marshall-Tufflex has performed well and we have had no issues with delivery or timescales, even though timing is critical as installation rolls out store by store.

“The partnership is working well, which is why Marshall Tufflex is now supplying us with bespoke ceiling application data outlet boxes for Marks and Spencer’s wireless network system. Two thousand units have already been produced and roll-out is on-going.”

KMH Group is only one of three IT designers for Marks and Spencer, and the only one handling IT security systems. The company ensures its position at the forefront of network development by specialising in bespoke solutions and maintaining consistent quality.

Marshall Tufflex’s Specials Department is a one-stop shop for all cable management solutions. The experienced team offers the required level of service from concept designs to the building of pre-wired customised solutions.

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