LONDON - Britain's Marks & Spencer has appointed Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) as its technology partner and is targeting annual efficiency savings of about 30 million pounds ($40.5 million) in the area by 2021-22.
M&S said on Tuesday implementing a new technology programme, which involves TCS taking on core supplier services and management of specialist suppliers, would incur a one-off cost to implement of 25 million pounds.
In November the clothing and home retailer detailed a new five-year strategy, part of which involved eking out 340 million pounds of additional annual cost savings.
M&S said the technology changes will involve about 250 existing M&S roles transferring to TCS roles.
The firm will retain a small in-house technology team.
M&S is scheduled to update on Christmas trading on Thursday.
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(Reporting by James Davey, Editing by Paul Sandle)