Family-owned retail furniture business with stores in Germany
OKI provides Managed Print Services to furniture retailer HARDECK
Founded in Bochum, Germany in 1937, HARDECK is a family-owned retail furniture business currently in its fourth generation. The company began expanding in 2014 with the opening of two additional branches in Senden, close to Münster and Bramsche (Lower Saxony), along with an additional branch in Hilden, close to Düsseldorf, which officially opened in summer 2015. This sudden growth presented a number of new challenges to the IT department. The new stores continued to use their own IT systems and equipment, while the number of employees relying on HARDECK’s in-house IT services saw a sharp increase. In collaboration with Sinell, the furniture retailer conducted a comprehensive review to analyse its diverse print infrastructure. Barthel made inquiries with several providers, eventually deciding to partner with OKI. The solution would comprise of a complete replacement of all the company’s legacy systems, which had come from various suppliers, with the OKI Executive Series of printers, along with the implementation of OKI’s Managed Print Services (MPS).
"Our IT resources are once again free to be used for more demanding work that needs to be completed. Even our finance department has recognised the increased transparency in printing time and costs as clear signs of progress”, Joachim Barthel, IT Manager, HARDECK
Find out more about how HARDECK's work processes have been optimised, internal processes have been simplified and costs have been greatly reduced.