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Pick n Pay on the move to increase online shopping capacity – for Black Friday 2022 and beyond

Pick n Pay migrated its IT infrastructure to Amazon Web Services (AWS), giving the group a huge boost to its online capacity and expanding its capabilities to deliver during peak periods like Black Friday and the holiday season.

The retail group is now looking to expand into other cloud-based apps to save customers money and make shopping online easier, said Chris Shortt, chief information and group technology.

Systems that run the company’s finances, payroll, merchandise management, and online store — to name a few — have been moved to an AWS data center in CapeTown.

The cloud home is 140 times larger than the group’s previous IT infrastructure, and the project is part of its “Project Future” to improve business efficiency and reinvest savings into lower prices for customers. .

This follows three years of research into the feasibility of migrating to the cloud, the group said.

“The scale they’re working at is very different from what we’re used to, and we’re going to leverage and leverage those economies of scale across our business,” Shortt said, adding that this means that Pick n Pay no longer manages its own data centers or associated technology.

According to Pick n Pay, the partnership will allow the company to expand the capabilities of its online store during peak periods such as Black Friday and the holiday season, as well as its scheduled online delivery service.

“Previously, we would over-provision resources to make sure our systems could handle increased trade or traffic. Our systems are now automated to respond to demand accordingly. We no longer bear the cost of additional infrastructure and capacity while we wait for demand to catch up,” Shortt said.

He said moving to the cloud will open up significant opportunities for the business and its competitiveness.

“AWS makes learnings and experiences tested on their platforms available. We can learn from Amazon’s innovation work, allowing us to adopt it faster than our competitors. »

“Further opportunities remain to be unlocked as we will continuously introduce new and innovative features to meet the needs of our customers using serverless computing,” said Shortt.

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