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Network upgrade ensures furniture rentals stay on the move
This article is part of the Network Evolution issue of December 2017, Vol. 8, No. 10
Maybe your company needs to furnish its trade show booth complete with pub-height stations that allow attendees to charge their phones. Or maybe your organization wants to open a new branch office and the new furniture won't arrive before staff needs to sit down to work. Or just maybe your company needs a mock courtroom scene. American Furniture Rental has it covered. As the second-largest furniture rental company in the U.S., AFR, based in Pennsauken, N.J., works with businesses, government agencies, universities and residential clients to deliver all kinds of furniture fast. And with more than a million fixed assets like chairs or desks in its inventory, the company needs to know where those assets are at all times. With 31 locations to monitor around the country, AFR manager of information systems Steven Singer looks at how to fulfill orders from a networking and information systems standpoint. A network upgrade to higher-capacity symmetrical bandwidths was key. AFR's corporate culture encourages business and technology teams...
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