Unilever, which makes brands such as Ribena, Flora and Surf, has extended its procurement outsourcing agreement with IBM to include its Latin American operations.
The five-year agreement is an expansion of an existing global agreement in which IBM manages Unilever's procurement operations in North America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Turkey, and for Unilever Central IT.
As part of the agreement, IBM will help Unilever integrate and standardise its procurement practices throughout Latin America. IBM will consolidate spend management and help reduce overall procurement costs across Unilever's Latin American operations.
The procurement of many of the products and services that Unilever Latin America uses to run its business will be handled by IBM, including IT, office equipment, travel, marketing, and technical services.
"This partnership will allow Unilever to access industry-leading tools and procurement processes," said Sergio Sassi, senior vice-president for supply chain at Unilever Americas.