The story

Founded in 1922 by its namesake, Fred G. Meyer—who started by selling cherries at a roadside stand in Brooklyn, New York—the company is now part of Cincinnati-based grocery giant, The Kroger Company, following its 1998 merger.

Ranking 20th on the Fortune 500 list, the Kroger Company is the third-largest grocery retailer in the world and the largest by revenue in the United States ($121.16 billion).

As one can imagine, it takes a lot of hardware to keep a mega chain of superstores connected across the nation. Indeed, the Kroger company relied very heavily on its Siemens systems, and needed a partner that could provide 24/7 support for 135 different locations (132 stores, and 3 distribution centers).