“Groupe André Contracts with Atos Origin To Manage and Operate its IT Infrastructure”

Paris, FRANCE - 11 July 2001

Atos Origin has been chosen by Groupe André to run the French retailer's IT systems in Europe. Specifically, Atos will manage centralized and distributed servers, workstations and a hotline for system users in Groupe André stores, warehouses and headquarters.

The seven-year agreement, which was signed following a tender process involving some of Europe's leading IT services companies, enables Groupe André to support its decentralization initiatives, improve service quality and optimize operating costs.

Under the terms of the partnership, Atos Origin will hire the 39 members of Groupe André's information services team, who will continue to develop their skills and careers in one of the industry's fastest growing companies.

A leading French clothes retailer with 2,500 stores and over 14,000 employees, Groupe André generates sales of more than FRF 13 billion. Its portfolio of brands focuses on two core businesses, footwear and apparel, each of which account for roughly 50% of sales. The portfolio is organized into five categories:

  • City-center apparel stores with Kookaï and Caroll.
  • Large specialist apparel outlets with Halle Vêtements.
  • City-center footwear stores with San Marina, André, Orcade and Minelli.
  • Large specialist footwear outlets with Halle Aux Chaussures, Chaussland and Besson.
  • International operations in Switzerland, Spain, Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary through the La Halle brand of footwear and apparel.

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin, a leading European e-services provider, enables clients to turn their objectives into value-driven results through effective use of e-business and IT solutions. The company's 27,000 employees deliver innovative solutions and strong industry experience to better manage the entire value network for companies and extended enterprises. Atos Origin currently operates in more than 30 countries worldwide, with sales of EUR 2.8 billion in 1999. Customers include ABN-Amro, Akzo Nobel, BNP Paribas, Crédit Lyonnais, Euronext, FIAT, ICI, Lucent Technologies, Philip Morris, Philips, Saudi Aramco, Shell, Unilever, Vivendi Universal and Wolters Kluwer.

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