Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits Provides Robust and Reliable Wi-Fi Across Expanding Franchise with Aerohive Networks

Quick Service Restaurant Chain Leverages Cost-Effective, Scalable and Reliable Wi-Fi Access for Employee Training, Customer Satisfaction and PCI Compliance

Sunnyvale, Calif. — May 12, 2015 — Aerohive Networks ® (NYSE: HIVE) today announced that Bojangles’ Restaurants Inc. continues to rely on Aerohive’s robust, scalable and flexible Wi-Fi for employee training, PCI compliance and additional customer service offerings across its rapidly expanding franchise.

News Facts

  • Founded in 1977 by restaurant veterans Jack Fulk and Richard Thomas, Bojangles’ was created as a quick service restaurant environment with high-quality products and a fun and friendly ambience. Bojangles’ operates in over 600 restaurants across 10 states serving its ‘Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits’ and other tasty breakfast, lunch and dinner menu items to customers primarily in the Southeastern United States.
  • With revenues hitting over $1B, the company continually receives high honors for its franchisee model and corporate success. On average, the company opens one new store every six days and manages over 250 corporate-owned locations.
  • Bojangles’ first deployed wireless services at a few select restaurant locations to meet the public Wi-Fi demands of local college students. As a result of its accelerated growth, Bojangles’ needed to find creative ways to conduct employee training, offer robust guest Wi-Fi company-wide and meet requirements for security and PCI compliance.
  • Bojangles’ experienced reliability concerns, frequent outages and other issues with Cisco, costing the company both time and money. In addition, the company needed to move away from a controller-based environment and began looking for wireless networking solutions with cloud capabilities and enterprise-class features.
  • Bojangles’ evaluated several wireless networking solutions, including Cisco and Meraki, assessing which provider was most approachable, responsive and could partner seamlessly to provide a superior solution at a cost effective price point. Ultimately, the company installed Aerohive BR200 branch routers and Aerohive AP121 access points in all corporate-owned restaurants. Aerohive’s new AP230 802.11ac access points were also installed at the company’s corporate support center .
  • Additionally, Bojangles’ has deployed multiple SSIDs, including a DMZ network for vendor equipment, a corporate network and a public guest network. Each restaurant has two separate networks, including a guest network and a network used solely for employee training. Bojangles’ also uses HiveManager® for its own private cloud to provide simple, centralized network management.
  • Since its deployment of Aerohive, the company has rolled out a video training program across all store locations to train new employees. With this new solution, Bojangles’ now trains approximately 18,000 new employees per year, relying on Aerohive to provide the bandwidth needed for its wirelessly broadcasted video curriculum.
  • Bojangles’ will soon deploy a new Point of Sale (POS) solution for all retail locations, paving the way for consideration of new wireless technologies, such as line busting ordering systems, or other opportunities to leverage wireless technologies that will enhance efficiency and higher customer satisfaction.
  • To read the full Bojangles’ case study, please visit: http://www.aerohive.com/resources/bojangles-restaurants-inc

Comments

“Aerohive is designed to work hand in glove for retail environments,” states Shad Collins, vice president of information technology, Bojangles’ Restaurants. “Aerohive gives us flexibility for a secure, cloud-managed solution with features tailored to better understand the retail environment, which at the end of the day, allows us to better serve our customers, and saves us time and money. For brick-and-mortar environments like Bojangles’, the Aerohive solution is the only way to go.”

“Bojangles’ Restaurants Inc. needed a unique solution that offered enterprise grade Wi-Fi and networking not only for their guests, but also for their corporate offices and unique employee training programs,” said David Greene, chief marketing officer, Aerohive Networks. “Today, retail environments like this continue to expand their customer and employee services, adding network complexity and also increasing IT costs. Aerohive combats this complexity with our enterprise-grade, controller-less, cloud-managed networking solutions that cut management costs, provide scalability and enable seamless integration in any environment. We are proud to offer a wireless solution that is ideal for the next-generation of customers, today.”

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