[QQ]Exel Logistics and the Tibbett & Britten Group have been awarded a five-year £100m contract by Marks & Spencer. Operated as a joint venture named Joint Retail Logistics, the deal will involve the servicing of all Marks & Spencer’s general merchandise transport requirements throughout the UK and Ireland. This agreement will see the management of collections from suppliers of all M&S’s non-food merchandise.[QQ] ITNET has been appointed as supplier by the London Borough of Enfield for an infrastructure and applications outsourcing contract worth almost £60m. Running for 10 years, the contract is expected to deliver savings of £10m to the council. ITNET will support the council’s IT infrastructure and applications.[QQ] Cap Gemini has clinched a three-year, £8m deal with B&Q to support the DIY giant’s expansion in the UK and abroad. The new contract renews and extends an existing two-year deal between the companies. Cap Gemini will assume responsibility for finance, distribution, supply chain, human resources and payroll.[QQ] Unisys and Visa International have announced a worldwide agreement under which Unisys will offer systems integration services to Visa member banks.[QQ] Unisys will provide project management and integration services for Visa smart implementations at all Visa member banks.[QQ] PWA Personnel Systems has linked up with South African company Aon Consulting.[QQ] Aon will be the sole South African distributor of PWA Empower HR software products.[QQ] CMG has won a £170,000 contract from Service Corporation International which has contracted out its UK payroll processing to the IT services company. The initial three-year period of the deal will see CMG take responsibility for 3,300 staff in over 600 locations around the country.[QQ] The Government’s Highways Agency has awarded consulting group Mouchel a two-year contract to assist it with the resolution of contractual disputes arising from the design, supervision, construction and maintenance of England’s trunk road network.[QQ] Consultancy Hornagold & Hills has been appointed by The Mary Rose Trust to act as project managers. The company will be involved in the trust’s plans to relocate the Mary Rose to a new site in Portsmouth.[QQ] Druid has completed a project worth £300,000 to implement a Baan ERP system at Eadie Holdings. Eadie has had an overhaul of its IT system ensuring millennium compliance. The new system has integrated Eadie’s finance, distribution and manufacturing operations.[QQ] Logica has linked up with Savacentre in a deal worth almost £5m. The three-year, applications management outsourcing contract will see Logica manage the migration of Savacentre’s systems to match those of its parent company, J Sainsbury.[QQ] Oracle has invested $10m in a millennium scheme designed to help UK schoolchildren learn through Internet technology. The Oracle Millennium Project aims to provide e-mail addresses and web-based learning facilities for 10,000 children.[QQ] Corporate Project Solutions has been awarded a contract to supply project management and workflow software to the Medical Devices Agency.[QQ] KPMG has linked up with SAP to launch a business-to-business procurement solution designed to reduce business costs. The system allows companies to buy electronically using electronic catalogues.[QQ] Pharmaceutical company Takeda has placed a £250,000 order with Oxygen for customer relationship management software. The system is to go live in mid-1999.
The drive towards a fully digital tax regime is an admirable one, but mandation is simply wrong, according to one of the UK's most senior tax technology practitioners - Paul Aplin
Barclays has partnered with accounting software company Xero to provide businesses with access to transaction data through its direct feed.
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Xero unveiled its expanded global partner programme at Xerocon South, the accounting technology conference in Australasia