Wilsons The Leather Experts (Wilsons Leather), a leading specialty retailer of leather outerwear, has awarded Norstan Communications and Norstan Consulting a contract to link its retail stores via Cisco routing equipment to the home office In Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. The project began in March and, when completed in December, will permit voice and data interaction between stores and the home office to improve internal operations and service to customers.

"As we assessed the future growth of our business, it became clear that we needed a more efficient network for communications with our retail outlets," said Terry Weyandt, director of Network and Technical Services at Wilsons Leather. "We chose Norstan Communications and Consulting to help us because they worked closely with us as a team to understand our business. That led to a total plan that would allow us to expand our store network without significant interruptions to our daily business activities."

As part of the contract Norstan Communications and Consulting will:

  • Project manage the deployment at all stores;
  • Order and manage installation of local telephone services and

Wide Area Network (WAN) facilities. WAN connectivity at retail stores will be established via T1 line with a 128K frame relay

service;

  • Install Cabling at retail stores with appropriate connections in

shopping malls;

  • Install Cisco 3810 routers;
  • Connect point-of-sale terminals and printers via hub and backup

modem;

  • Connect office and store floor telephones; and
  • Test the network and all attached devices.

In business since 1899, Wilsons Leather is the leading specialty retailer of leather outerwear, apparel and accessories in the United States. The company operates more than 500 retail stores in 44 states, Canada and England. This includes over 450 mall stores, 31 airport locations and 40 factory outlet stores. As a vertically integrated company, Wilsons Leather designs, develops and delivers leather fashions to the marketplace at a great value. Designers and buyers work closely to identify trends and develop fashion-forward leather styles. For more information, access the company's web site at www.wilsonsleather.com.

Norstan Communications and Consulting are business units of Norstan, Inc that provide leading-edge solutions and services for business telephone systems, voice processing, call centers, voice/video/data processing, integrated digital networks (IDN), cabling, networks computer telephony integration (CTI) and consulting services.

Norstan Inc. (Nasdaq: NRRD) is a global leader in providing e-Business, convergence and communication systems solutions to business clients worldwide. Headquartered in the Twin Cities, Norstan's sales and consulting service offices are located throughout North America. Through its operating units Norstan is a single source provider of leading-edge technology solutions, world-class technology services and competitive financial offerings. For more information on Norstan, access the company's web site at www.norstan.com.

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