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A Modern Retailer With an Outdated Data Infrastructure


Sainsbury’s needed a solution that could handle huge volumes of event data, and a platform that could facilitate real-time data access and connections between multiple databases and logistics systems.


Sainsbury’s chose Confluent to form the data streaming backbone of its new digital transformation program and help with the transition to a cloud-native platform.


  • Observed notable cost savings across the entire supply chain
  • More than doubled the efficiency of engineering development thanks to real-time data streams
  • Saved 20+ hours of sprint time with managed support from Confluent

With over 1,400 stores nationwide, Sainsbury’s is the UK’s second largest supermarket chain. Operating since 1869, it’s become a household name and an icon of British retail. But legacy IT systems and data silos were stalling out initiatives to optimize the customer shopping experience, preventing the retailer from innovating as fast as it wanted to.

Sainsbury’s needed a system that could manage, store, and process enormous volumes of data in real time to jumpstart their digital transformation journey. Confluent provided the retailer with a fully-managed data streaming platform that was able to free up data from legacy systems and allow Sainsbury’s to transition to a truly cloud-native configuration.

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