Google Apps

The John Lewis Partnership, which operates John Lewis department stores and Waitrose supermarkets, has become the latest retailer to deploy Google Apps. CIOs at both organisations, Paul Coby at John Lewis and Cheryl Millington at Waitrose, have already praised the roll out.

The announcement, made today at Google Atmosphere, the company's annual enterprise conference, will see roughly 30,000 employees at both John Lewis and Waitrose migrated onto Google's cloud-based collaboration platform.

John Lewis CIO Coby said: "We rolled out Google Apps for the Retail Support platform to 30,000 employees in just six weeks, enabling them to access and manage information on the go, in real time and on any device."

Google Apps includes tools such as Gmail, Calendar, Hangouts, Drive, Docs, Sheets and Slides, among others.

In addition to email and sharing procedural instructions, John Lewis is using Google Apps to facilitate communication around the department store's strategic direction and overall vision for the business.

Millington, CIO of Waitrose, added that Google Apps is already making it easier for staff to communicate, collaborate and share ideas, while also improving business processes.

Google claims that five million businesses are now using Google Apps, including retailers such as OcadoTravis Perkins and Just Eat.