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    Hy-Vee to Install Enterprise-wide Networking Solution

    DES MOINES, Iowa -- Hy-Vee, an employee-owned chain with more than 220 stores in seven Midwestern states, plans to install a new secure integrated networking solution across its entire enterprise.

    DES MOINES, Iowa -- Hy-Vee, an employee-owned chain with more than 220 stores in seven Midwestern states, plans to install a new secure integrated networking solution across its entire enterprise.

    AT&T, which was awarded a three-year, $5.7 million contract from the retailer, will provide Hy-Vee with a full range of networking and business continuity services aimed at helping the retailer improve inventory management system-wide and provide a near real-time picture of inventory. It also will help Hy-Vee process electronic transactions more quickly, increasing speed at the checkout, according to AT&T.

    "AT&T has enabled Hy-Vee with a network that fulfills our communications needs to operate a grocery chain in the 21st century," said Eric Smith, Hy-Vee's v.p. of management information systems. "Telecommunications ranging from a simple long-distance phone call to data transmissions that travel all the way to our suppliers are running across a secure, integrated AT&T network."

    By terms of the contract, AT&T will provide high-speed data services as the backbone for Hy-Vee's network that links the company's stores with its Des Moines headquarters.

    AT&T will also support Hy-Vee's business continuity plan by deploying AT&T ACCU-Ring Network Access Service at Hy-Vee's headquarters. ACCU-
    Ring's self-healing capabilities help ensure financial, customer relationship management and business data can flow securely and uninterrupted among the Hy-Vee locations.

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