Tesco IT director Cobain resigns

Colin Cobain, IT director at Tesco, has resigned for undisclosed reasons.

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Colin Cobain, IT director at Tesco, has resigned for undisclosed reasons.

Tesco would not comment on Cobain’s departure or whether it would seek a direct replacement, but said it wanted to “thank Colin for his contribution”.

Cobain’s departure ends a six year tenure at the post, during which Tesco made significant changes to its business through technology led by the “Tesco in a box” suite of operating systems, which has been rolled out in new stores around in the world including the recent US launch, and an efficient supply chain management suite that aims to ensure shelves are well stocked.

Earlier this year, Tesco selected Micro Focus to extend its in-house designed, mainframe-based supply chain application and allow it to be ported onto Unix servers to support the move into the US.

The company has also worked hard to grow the success of its website, Tesco.com, where sales rose 29.2% in the last financial year and it grabbed two thirds of the UK internet grocery market.

It also reported that queuing reduction and on shelf availability technology is paying dividends in its stores.

It has a long running application development deal with outsourcer Xansa, targeted at ensuring its systems are up to date and in line with business needs.

Now read CIO.com's IT profile of Tesco

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