Optical group Specsavers has signed a new deal with technology group Software Quality Systems (SQS), which will see the supplier provide on and offshore testing of the retailer’s business applications over the next three years.
A joint statement from the businesses, published this week, indicated that the partnership is worth more than £5 million and will result in a number of improvements to the technology systems used by Specsavers.
John Lister, Chief Information Officer at the optical group, commented: “We decided that we needed a testing partner with the focus and offshore capability to match our growth plans, which can provide us with innovative solutions through the lifecycle of the contract and can help us ensure effective governance and independence of testing.
“SQS meets all those requirements and we’re very pleased to have them onboard.”
David Cotterell, SQS Executive Main Board Director, added: “It’s fair to say that this is probably one of the largest pure-play managed testing service contracts to be awarded in the retail sector.”
He added that the service will be provided from SQS’s offshore facility in Pune, India, but “ably supported” by its onshore consultancy presence.
SQS has previously established partnerships with a number of retailers in the UK, including PC World and Currys owner Dixons Group and food and fashion high street favourite Marks & Spencer.