Well over a year ago we asked if it could really be true ‘Cisco To Win H&M Business?‘ which was at least Cisco’s belief so certain were they of winning the protracted RFI and RFP process conducted by the Swedish retail-clothing company, known for its fast-fashion clothing offerings for women, men, teenagers and children.
With over 2,300 stores in 41 countries you would have thought that it would have been a nice deal for the vendors who won any of the 4 or 5 RFPs supposedly up on offer.
Many smart vendors mind refused to take part in the process (which reminds us a lot of the Harbucks debacle we wrote about in August 2010) as this is allegedly the third time that H&M have pulled this trick of cancelling a project that had supposed buy-in
In years gone by, Wirespring won the first two RFPs but we believe that they did not take part this time around.
The final three in the main part of the RFP process were Cisco and two others (who we know but won’t name).