Google has announced an agreement with international food retailer Ahold, to deploy Google Apps Premier Edition across the group’s international workforce.
The company said that the new platform will provide a single web-based communication and collaboration offering to replace Ahold’s existing email domains and systems across its supermarkets in Europe and the US.
With 25 GB of storage per account Google Mail will provide a messaging platform with integrated IM (Google Talk) and additional features facilitating communication, including automatic translation.
Google Apps Premier Edition also includes Google Calendar that allows users to share their calendars with others to co-ordinate schedules, organise events and meetings.
Google said that the global deployment of Premier Edition will provide: training support with new video based communication tools, including video IM; and improved communication with features such as automatic Message Translate, allowing users to translate e-mails from and into different languages.
Google Enterprise EMEA managing director Adrian Joseph said that Ahold’s move to the cloud will offer a homogeneous environment for its international business and help to improve communications with its workforce, encourage collaboration and enable a high level of flexibility.