15th July 2020: The John Lewis Partnership has announced that Capgemini, a leading global consulting, technology services and digital transformation company, has been selected to provide specialist IT application services to support the Partnership’s technology systems and business processes.
This partnership forms an integral part of a newly created Technology and Change function which has been evolving over the past 18-months and will now better support the Partnership’s business strategy and enable it to respond more quickly to the digital demands of customers and its staff, known as Partners.
Capgemini will support the Partnership’s core operational IT application services used across the technology estate to run the business such as trading, supply chain, finance and personnel systems and core enabling services like integration and information. The agreement will consolidate a range of existing supplier activities into one strategic relationship, ensuring the Partnership can benefit from new operational practices and technologies and that the maintenance of applications are supported and running to agreed performance indicators.
As part of this new relationship, 111 non-customer facing John Lewis Partnership Partners are expected to transfer to Capgemini later this year under the Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment regulations (TUPE).
Going forward, the new Capgemini team will work closely with the Partnership’s Technology & Change function that will comprise, once the reorganisation has concluded, of approximately 700 Partners across various teams that include architecture, technology, infrastructure, security and change.
Mike Sackman, Chief Information Officer at the John Lewis Partnership said: “This new agreement represents an important development, both in the Partnership’s long standing relationship with Capgemini as well as the evolution of our Technology & Change team, as we become better equipped to support the Partnership’s future business strategy. We continue to value the ongoing support and commitment from our wider supplier base but in this particular selection process it was evident Capgemini will provide the Partnership with the necessary thought leadership and change support to allow us to further develop our customer propositions.”
Mike Petevinos, Executive Vice President, Head of Consumer Products and Retail, Capgemini UK said: “We are delighted to have been selected as the strategic application delivery partner for the John Lewis Partnership, one of the world’s most iconic retailers. This opportunity strengthens our existing relationship and I am confident that the combined talents and assets of our organisations will support the Partnership to continue to delight its customers and meet the demands of a continually evolving retail landscape. We believe our joint success is founded not only upon our combined capabilities but, importantly, on the shared values and strong cultural match between our two organisations that fosters a culture of team spirit, transparency and innovation.”
About the John Lewis Partnership
The John Lewis Partnership owns and operates two of Britain’s best-loved retail brands – John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners. Started as a radical idea nearly a century ago, the Partnership is the largest employee-owned business in the UK and amongst the largest in the world, with over 80,000 employees who are all Partners in the business. For all intents and purposes, the Partnership is a social enterprise; the profits made are reinvested into the business – for customers and Partners. John Lewis & Partners operates 50 shops plus one outlet across the UK as well as johnlewis.com. Waitrose & Partners has 337 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 61 convenience branches, and another 27 shops at Welcome Break locations. Waitrose & Partners exports products to more than 50 countries worldwide and has nine shops which operate under licence in the Middle East. The retailer’s omnichannel business includes the online grocery service, Waitrose.com, as well as specialist online shops including waitrosecellar.com for wine and waitroseflorist.com for plants and flowers.
Capgemini is a global leader in consulting, digital transformation, technology and engineering services. The Group is at the forefront of innovation to address the entire breadth of clients’ opportunities in the evolving world of cloud, digital and platforms. Building on its strong 50-year+ heritage and deep industry-specific expertise, Capgemini enables organisations to realise their business ambitions through an array of services from strategy to operations. Capgemini is driven by the conviction that the business value of technology comes from and through people. Today, it is a multicultural company of 270,000 team members in almost 50 countries. With Altran, the Group reported 2019 combined revenues of €17billion.
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