How Google Cloud and Suitebriar Help RE/MAX of Reading Become a Virtual Office Over a Weekend

PR Newswire | April 16, 2020


RE/MAX of Reading has selected Google Cloud and Suitebriar as its strategic providers of G Suite and cloud technology adoption support. Choosing Google Cloud and Suitebriar enabled RE/MAX of Reading to swiftly induct staff to telework in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. As part of RE/MAX of Reading's success, the Reading office selected G Suite to streamline workflows, improve the end-user experience, increase data security and to eliminate spending on redundant technologies and pricey support providers. RE/MAX of Reading hired Suitebriar, a Google Cloud Premier Partner, for its Google Cloud expertise and workflow transformation services. With collaboration and real-time data in Sheets, agents can promptly process transactions even during unusual circumstances. Employees have quickly adopted Chat and have found they are communicating more frequently now, from home, then they did while in the office.

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The global shift toward e-commerce is changing how the retail and logistics industries operate. This trend affects all aspects of the retail industry, including the strategic location of fulfillment centers and total real estate footprint. E-commerce sales are growing 20% annually and are expected to reach $750B globally this year.

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The global shift toward e-commerce is changing how the retail and logistics industries operate. This trend affects all aspects of the retail industry, including the strategic location of fulfillment centers and total real estate footprint. E-commerce sales are growing 20% annually and are expected to reach $750B globally this year.

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