Morrisons says Oracle-based IT refresh on target

Morrisons has said its Optimisation Plan is on target, after delivering strong like for like sales in the first quarter.

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Morrisons has said its Optimisation Plan is on target, after delivering strong like for like sales in the first quarter.

The plan includes a complete revision of the IT infrastructure within the company, costing £110 million, to help bring about better reporting and decision making. The project will run until 2010.

Morrisons is implementing the Oracle retail range of systems for merchandising and planning, as well as the Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Siebel CRM platform, Oracle Identity Management and the Fusion and SOA middleware applications. An Oracle database will underpin the entire new infrastructure, and the software will run on HP hardware.

"We continue to deliver the key components of our Optimisation Plan on schedule," it said in a statement, as it reported preliminary sales were up 8.6 percent for the first quarter to 4 May.

HR and payroll systems implementation will be complete by the end of this year, Morrisons has said.

Throughout 2009 and 2010 other IT will come on-stream as Morrisons implements the other parts of the Oracle suite.

The overall ‘Optimisation Plan’ has a budget of £450 million and touches every aspect of the business from in-store presentation to the branding on its fleet of trucks. The Plan will increase margins for the supermarket chain through improved distribution and manufacturing.