Retail group Kingfisher has created a centralised management structure to oversee IT for its regional retail brands, signalling a change from its traditional decentralised management strategy.
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Its retail businesses, such as B&Q in the UK, have operated independently in the past, with the group involved with local retail brands for programmes to support its local operations.
The local brands will continue to develop their retail strategies autonomously, but certain functions will now be managed centrally, including IT.
"Going forward, the retail businesses will retain responsibility for best serving their local customers, but a new senior team, working within a new management structure, will have collective responsibility for overall group delivery of results as well as key existing cross-group activities," said Kingfisher in its preliminary results for the year ended 02 February 2008.
As well as IT, this includes management of global sourcing, own-brand development, common purchasing, property and global talent management.