Tesco has signed a deal to roll-out Microsoft Office 365 across its Europe and Asian operations.
Mike McNamara, Tesco CIO, said the deal would encourage a culture shift to more flexible working. “We want to put technology in the hands of all our colleagues, whether in the store, distribution centre or office, so they can create value for our customers,” he said.
He added: “This will allow our colleagues to engage with each other and deliver a great shopping experience on any channel, as well as encouraging colleagues to share, reuse, and reward ideas and expertise.”
The news comes as the company posted strong online trading results for the six weeks before Christmas, seeing online food sales grow of 18% and Tesco Direct sales up 16%, with the company reporting strong performance in is Click & Collect offering.
According to Tesco, many customers chose to collect their orders from one of over 600 Express stores now offering Click & Collect, providing an even greater level of convenience.
Overall sales at the retailer grew 1.8% during the Christmas trading period. In contrast rival Morrisons reported disappointing sales of 0.9% in the same period, which it attributed to its lack of online presence.
Last year Tesco announced investment plans of £150m across its dotcom businesses in anticipation of further migration of customer shopping habits online.
“We are starting to make a more significant investment in internet platforms, which we will continue to develop. Digital platforms are now our new equivalent of building shops,” McNamara told Computer Weekly