Networking solutions
for franchise systems

Flexible networking for your stores.
Individual concepts and reliable roll-outs.

Franchising and IT in harmony

Be they restaurants, opticians, pharmacies, fitness studios, fashion stores, or cosmetics shops: Franchising is a cross-industry system that offers immense benefits both to franchisees and franchisers alike.

Maintaining a clear win-win situation for all involved requires a franchise-focused IT network that addresses the unique circumstances and interests of each franchise location, while taking advantage of the centralization and automation that a good connection to the main office provides. LANCOM franchise networks address these concerns with highly available and secure software-defined wide area networks (SD-WAN).

Free network consulting at EuroCIS 2024

Innovative sales concepts and store solutions need a strong technical foundation. If you want to be at the cutting edge of retail, you need to constantly adapt your digital infrastructure to the necessary data volumes and transmission speeds of automation and AI tools, etc.

From February 27-29, 2024, you can find out what retail networks need at EuroCIS in Dusseldorf, the most important trade fair for retail technology on the continent. Simply register for an exclusive appointment with our retail experts (including a free trade fair ticket on request) and visit LANCOM in Hall 10, booth G26!

We look forward to digitally strengthening European retail.

Visit the EuroCIS 2024 free of charge with LANCOM

Harmonious franchise networks – on the IT level, too

IT managers for a franchise chain are familiar with the expectations of the franchise headquarters and the franchise branches:

Franchisers expect...

  • … the identity of their company to be recognizable at every branch.
  • … there to be a connection to their central database.
  • … that they can centrally roll out price changes to their franchise branches.
  • … that the underlying IT infrastructure is as lean as possible.
  • … that they can display the latest offers in all branches.
  • … the provision of new digital services to be simultaneous at all branches.
  • … that they can offer their customers a modern shopping experience.

Franchisees expect...

  • … the checkout system to work.
  • … their devices to have access to the central merchandise management system.
  • … to keep full control over their operating costs and keep their total cost of ownership (TCO) low.
  • … not to have to waste time with IT maintenance.
  • … that the surveillance system and alarms work properly.
  • … to be able to concentrate on their core business.
  • … that their customers benefit from new services or offers from their franchiser.
  • … that they are free to add their personal touch, e.g. with regional products in their branch.
  • … that the IT infrastructure suits the shop space they have rented.

Invest in durability

When it comes to IT networks, "reliability" particularly stands for "investment protection". Those who equip their stores with high-quality technology expect that there will be no failures or unforeseeable loss of performance. This is especially essential for digital payment systems with MDE devices. With their consistently low defect rate and high durability, you can alway rely on LANCOM devices – for an uninterrupted high-quality sales and shopping experience.
 

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The LANCOM franchise branch package

For planned scalability

You decide on which equipment is required and then use the same combination of devices in every store.

  • A secure SD-WAN gateway (router or firewall) for Internet access and connection to the franchise headquarters or to external service providers
  • A branch switch for networking all network components at the franchise site
  • Depending on the size of the branch, three or more Wi-Fi access points for your wireless applications
  • A network management solution with a high degree of automation and top clarity

Scenario A: Infrastructure predefined by franchiser for all franchisees

Scenario B: Franchise with individual infrastructure for each franchisee


Franchise networking

The ideal balance between centralization and customization

LANCOM store connectivity provides both: Individual IT equipment for every size of store and every floorspace layout and structure, as well as practical branch packages pre-designed for a chain according to corporate guidelines.

For centralized franchise IT

Centralized franchise networking of individual shops

Franchise sites are very similar despite different premises, shop sizes, and the available connection types. So all the more efficient it is to network them: Due to the similar structure of your sites, branch packages can be put together to make them easy to cost, that are designed in advance, and that are suitable for every branch of the franchise.

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Custom branch networking for your franchise shop

Do your business premises require customized network equipment? Or do you wish to avoid the IT equipment leasing costs from your franchiser? Do you place a high value on data protection? With LANCOM, you retain full control of your operating costs and simply assemble your branch networking equipment yourself:

Smart retail – digital retail

Intelligent network automation for branches

Fail-safe, cloud-enabled network components such as flexible gateways, next-generation firewalls, high-performance switches, and Wi-Fi 6E-enabled access points with zero-touch rollout and deployment, remote monitoring, and automatic configuration

Secure hybrid working in the retail sector

Secure connection of suppliers, partners, and field staff via (cloud-managed) VPN or Zero-Trust principle for smooth and automated work processes

Reliable Wi-Fi for a modern shopping experience

Seamless, powerful, and stable Wi-Fi coverage throughout the branch for the use of modern logistics and sales technologies such as barcode scanners, self-service checkouts, and self-scanning hand scanners (self-checkout (SCO)), payment and bonus point apps, and much more.

Convenient but highly secure payment, just the way the customer likes it

Highest European data security and GDPR conformity including PCI DSS compliance with the LMC network management cloud hosted in Germany, products engineered in Germany, and the very best fail-safe mechanisms

Electronic shelf labels (ESL) and digital signage billboards

Centralized, automated price adjustments and offers by connecting electronic shelf labels and displays to the central merchandise management system, calendar systems, and much more.

Simplified working in digital stores


The intelligent core of your franchise network: The LANCOM Management Cloud

To keep your franchise network manageable and controllable, there can’t be any loose ends. Having numerous remote sites means a lot of administration: Setup, commissioning, configuration, maintenance – all of this is multiplied per branch.

Not so with the LANCOM Management Cloud! As an intelligent, agile network management cloud, it enables a professional "SD-Branch" with remote management and monitoring of all network components.

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Agile, flexible, and future-proof

Centralize and automate configurations and rollouts thanks to auto-configuration and zero-touch deployment! What this means is: With Internet access in place, all you do is mount your devices at the right location and connect them.

Auto-configuration via the software-defined networking (SDN) means the device is ready for immediate use – without the need for the network administrator to travel and touch the device on site.

Best reception in your store

The quality of your store Wi-Fi has a major impact on your business processes and customer satisfaction – and thus on your reputation. To ensure that handheld scanners, applications, digital price tags, etc. function smoothly, disruptions should therefore be eliminated as far as possible. The powerful, 'thinking' access points from LANCOM and the LANCOM Management Cloud aim to get the best out of your WLAN right from the start.

LANCOM Active Radio Control 2.0 is a unique Wi-Fi optimization solution that analyzes and improves WLAN installations holistically and automatically. Based on real-world usage data, the optimal channel distribution and transmitting power are suggested during WLAN setup, and are repeatedly checked for improvement possibilities during regular operation. This minimizes the workload and costs many times over, especially in the case of large numbers of branches.

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Intelligent digital retail networking

"In recent years, shopping has become faster, contactless and, above all, is increasingly digital. [...] At the same time, it is clear that the classic retail store is still the most important touchpoint for a personal, high-quality shopping experience. To manage the balancing act between stationary and digital sales channels, or even in store and online trade, what we need more than ever is a profitable symbiosis of networking solutions that are specifically tailored to the diverse requirements across the retail sector. From chain stores and franchisers to shop-in-shop operators, it is important to cost-effectively plan individual retail networks and roll them out as widely and as quickly as possible."

LANCOM White Paper about smart retail infrastructures and network requirements
 

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Central network management from the cloud

In brief: With the LANCOM Management Cloud, you decide on the structure of your network. You set the framework and apply settings or software updates to every device on the network, fully automatically and wherever they are located. As an intelligent core element of your franchise IT network, the cloud handles all security mechanisms such as network isolation, roles and rights systems, and the 24/7 monitoring with its alerting feature.

This is how easy, pleasant, fast, and cost effective network management can be.

 

A franchise IT network from LANCOM provides:

Real-time communication between main office and branch

Be it a franchise main office or a franchise site – the connection is up and allows fast, effortless working. All network-infrastructure devices can be managed in the LANCOM Management Cloud, which opens the way to a centralized setup, management, and maintenance of routers, firewalls, switches, and access points. Convenient for the franchisee, clear and inexpensive for the franchiser. Thanks to zero-touch functions, one-click security, and 24/7 monitoring, you save the administrator a lot of time and yourself a lot of money.

Scalable and future-proof franchises

As a franchiser, you can network anything from a few to more than a thousand sites in a centralized and standardized way. Our SD-Branch and SD-WAN solutions have already withstood several long-term practical tests in scenarios of all types and scales. There is no limit on your growth: A LANCOM network grows with your requirements and is well equipped for the future with free software updates and durable, always up-to-date technology.

Maximum availability for your business processes

The connection to central merchandise-management and logistics systems and in particular the payment system must not fail. The loss in sales would be unacceptable. That's why our SD-WAN gateways provide twice the protection for your network with an additional, integrated cellular backup and our reliable manufacturer support offers fast, direct help at all times.

Securely integrated external service providers

Some digital applications such as video surveillance or digital advertising can only be implemented by securely integrating external service providers into the network. Through clever network virtualization with strict network isolation, you only provide as much access as necessary to enable smooth and efficient cooperation.

Highly secure, trustworthy store connectivity engineered in Germany

Be it an international franchise or not, data protection and security are the top priority, especially when it comes to personal data about the customer and payments. With LANCOM you are on the safe side. Your franchise network not only meets the high security standards of the “IT Security Made in Germany” trust mark initiated by the German Ministry of Economics, it is also fully GDPR-compliant. The backdoor-free LANCOM products (software and hardware) are mainly developed and manufactured in Germany. With the LANCOM Management Cloud hosted in Germany, network management is also subject to European law.

Full cost control and transparency

Planning in the franchise business is truly worth its weight in gold. IT infrastructures from LANCOM reveal from the outset what the investment and running costs of your project will be: You receive a clearly priced product package including the manufacturer's guarantee and transparent software maintenance, which you can multiply as often as you like. This gives you control over and an overview of your operating costs at all times.

Full support from an experienced networking partner

Along with an overall portfolio that is perfectly tailored to franchise networks, LANCOM offers one thing in particular: More than 20 years of experience in store connectivity. Especially in retail, numerous franchising customers already trust in the secure and powerful networks, the professional support from a German manufacturer, as well as the customer-oriented communication with the Sales team.

Modern shopping in your store

Shopping has changed in recent years: With self-payment terminals and handheld scanners, distance shopping and delivery services, customer hotspots, electronic shelf labels and billboards: These are some of the shopping trends that LANCOM can help you be ready for. The professional LANCOM Wi-Fi with the latest standards Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E including conflict-free coexistence with Wireless ePaper radio modules, and various analysis and monitoring options in the LANCOM Management Cloud – you are equipped with everything you need for a modern shopping experience and targeted customer analysis.

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