Kesko Oyj : Kesko enhances its IT services in cooperation with Tieto

     Kesko Oyj : Kesko enhances its IT services in cooperation with Tieto


Kesko and Tieto have signed a comprehensive four-year cooperation agreement on
the supply of IT services. With this agreement, Kesko continues to enhance and
centralise its IT services.

Tieto continues as a supplier of the Kesko Group's infrastructure services,
such as capacity, workstation and integration services. In addition,
cooperation will be expanded in the maintenance and development work of the
Kesko Group's SAP systems and other business applications.

During the agreement period, Tieto will also supply Kesko with other IT
services supporting business, related, for instance, to increasing electronic
business processes and offering new electronic services to consumers.

"The key target for us is to centralise and improve the efficiency in the
production of continuous IT services and to ensure the continuity and high
quality level of services. When selecting a supplier, Tieto's strategy and
strong investments in new, innovative retail solutions and competence played
an important role," says Arto Hiltunen, Kesko's Vice President, CIO.

"The comprehensive agreement with Kesko strengthens our role both in the
retail and SAP market in Finland. It also provides us with opportunities to
develop completely new types of services at the stores' customer interface and
support inter-company processes," says Ari Järvelä, Tieto's Executive Vice

Further information:
Arto Hiltunen, Vice President, CIO, Kesko, tel. +358 50306 4065,
Ari Järvelä, Executive Vice President, Manufacturing, Retail and Logistics for
Tieto,Tieto, tel. +35840 8400 915,

Kesko is a highly valued listed trading sector company. It manages retail
store chains that are valued by customers and efficiently produces services
for retail store chains' purchasing, logistics, network development and data
management. Kesko's operations include the food, home and speciality goods,
building and home improvement, and car and machine trades. Its division parent
companies and chains act in close cooperation with retailer entrepreneurs and
other partners. Kesko has about 2,000 stores engaged in chain operations in
Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and Belarus. Kesko
and K-retailers form the K-Group, which employs around 45,000

Tieto is the leading IT service company in Northern Europe providing IT and
product engineering services. Our highly specialized IT solutions and
services, complemented by a strong technology platform, create tangible
business benefits for our local and global customers. As a trusted
transformation partner, we work closely with our customers and understand
their unique needs. With approximately 18 000 experts, we aim to become a
leading service integrator creating the best service experience in IT.


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