Microsoft signs up Albertsons to its cloud computing platform Azure
Category: #retail  By Paroma Bhattacharya  Date: 2019-01-28
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Microsoft signs up Albertsons to its cloud computing platform Azure

The grocery chain also plans to leverage Microsoft’s AI technology and team up on cashier-less technology.

Microsoft has reportedly inked a three-year agreement with Albertsons, grocery giant and parent company of Safeway and Vons, in a bid to make Microsoft Azure the grocer’s preferred public cloud. As per trusted sources, the partnership comes in the wake of Microsoft’s disclosure of a seven-year deal with another grocery behemoth Walgreens.

Sources claim that although Azure is a distant second to Amazon Web Services, it is inking deals with large retail customers who are witnessing the e-commerce giant’s dominance in the business expand by the day. Besides Whole Foods, which the e-commerce giant acquired for $13.7 billion in 2017, the company has been launching Amazon Go stores which are equipped with cashier-less technology and   has also launched its own brands of over-the-counter healthcare products and groceries, cite sources acquainted with the matter. 

Anuj Dhanda, Chief Information Officer at Albertsons stated that Amazon’s expansion has added momentum to the company’s efforts to transfigure its infrastructure and in-store experiences.
Dhanda further mentioned that the company wouldn’t want to develop the technology as much as Amazon would.

In addition to the deployment of Azure and signing up employees with Microsoft 365 bundle, the grocery chain plans to leverage Microsoft’s AI technology and team up on cashier-less technology, which Albertsons has been testing for a while, reported sources. 

Dhanda further noted that Albertsons picked Azure to be its primary cloud service provider, considering its experience with major companies and work history with retail giants, for possessing strong technical capabilities, and for not being a competitor.

Meanwhile, Amazon Web Services is still a strong competitor in the retail sphere, particularly for its technological contribution to companies like Under Armour and Brooks Brothers, cited credible sources.

For the record, Albertsons has always been a Windows and Office customer and deployed Azure for certain workloads but is currently growing its reliance of Microsoft’s cloud services, comprising of a mobile app that lets consumers use pump and pay for gas.  



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