Supervalu partners with Sungard Availability Services for technology upgrade


US-based grocery retailer Supervalu has collaborated with cloud and recovery services provider Sungard Availability Services to replace its mainframe technology infrastructure.

The partnership is part of a transformation programme aimed at reducing costs, improving flexibility, and supporting Supervalu's network of more than 2,000 grocery stores.

Supervalu chief technology officer Chad Mead said: "We plan to strengthen operations across our enterprise and add shareholder value by transforming our approach to technology.

"Technology has become an essential factor in competing in this market, and our planning with Sungard Availability Services suggests that we can build a more flexible and responsive mainframe infrastructure that drives growth.”

The new mainframe technology platform is expected to offer Cloud-enabled, back-up, and other solutions and services in order to improve operations across the independent retailers supported by Supervalu.

"Our planning with Sungard Availability Services suggests that we can build a more flexible and responsive mainframe infrastructure that drives growth.”

According to the company, the transition is a significant step in its plans to embrace technology to be able to compete in a challenging grocery environment.

It further noted that the technology upgrade does not need an upfront investment, and it allows the company to move its workloads into a secure, highly scalable cloud platform.

Through the collaboration, Supervalu intends to replace fixed-cost, in-house equipment with variable-cost scalable services.

Sungard Availability Services global sales and solutions executive vice-president Alfred Binford said: "Supervalu recognised that it needed to get out of the business of running data centres so that it could concentrate on building out its new business strategy.”

As of 25 February, Supervalu had a network of 2,363 stores, including 1,902 stores operated by wholesale customers and 217 traditional retail grocery stores.