The UK’s largest retailer Tesco has signed a new agreement with global software company Microsoft, it was announced late yesterday.
A joint statement from the two companies indicated that the eight-year deal will provide the supermarket group with the technical platform to aid international growth, increase its multichannel offering and expand its non-food business.
Tesco’s head offices, stores, distribution and data centres across the 14 global territories in which it operates will have access to the latest versions of Windows, Office, System Center, BizTalk, SQL Server, SharePoint, Exchange and Lync, with the latter three products set to be used for increasing employee interaction and developing retail skills.
Mike McNamara, Group Chief Information Officer at Tesco, said: “We have lots of colleagues in Tesco, doing lots of jobs all over the world.
“These technologies can help bring us together to share learning and expertise, views and opinions, thoughts and ideas.”
Previously this year the grocer had confirmed it was trialling both the use of free Wi-Fi in stores and a smartphone-based sat-nav app, using technology to improve its customers’ shopping experiences in stores.
Today’s announcement is a further indication that Tesco is implementing technology with the aim of aiding communication with staff and consumers alike.
Bill Gonzalez, General Manager, Worldwide Distribution & Services Sector at Microsoft, remarked: “We are very excited about what this means for both Tesco’s employees and customers as it will change the way Tesco connects internally and with its customers.”