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Tietoevry to boost K Group’s growth with new technologies and automation

22 October 2020

Tietoevry and Kesko have signed an agreement to support the implementation of Kesko’s strategy and boost productivity and cost-efficiency with the help of automation and new technologies. The co-operation also enables more efficient utilization of data.

Under the new co-operation agreement, Tietoevry and Kesko will continue to collaborate on continuous operational IT services with a development focus. The partnership aims to ensure that the services are business-oriented and maintain a high standard.

“K Group is on an exciting journey to continue to grow in Finland and elsewhere in Northern Europe. At the same time, we are looking to strengthen our digital capabilities in order to improve our customer experience, efficiency and quality. We have selected the partners who best met our requirements in these areas,” says Mikko Helander, President and CEO of Kesko.

“We have excellent relationships with our key partners. We have carefully scanned our options and decided on leading technology companies, including our strategic partner TietoEVRY which has proven strong capabilities to help build digital leadership, accelerate our growth, and ensure business continuity. Additionally, large scale automation of IT services will provide considerable improvements in quality and cost-efficiency,” says Arto Hiltunen, Chief Information Officer of Kesko.

“We are excited about the opportunity to grow our collaboration and accelerate the K Group business through advanced analytics and efficient use of data. We bring world-class capabilities, leading automation solutions and technologies to speed-up K Group strategy execution,” says Kimmo Alkio, President and CEO of Tietoevry.

The co-operation agreement covers a wide range of services, including management of Kesko’s business-critical applications, integration services and cloud services, end-user services as well as information security and capacity services.

Further information:

Kia Haring, Global Head of Communications, Tietoevry, +358 40 765 3700,

Arto Hiltunen, CIO, Kesko Corporation, +358 50 306 4065,


Tietoevry creates digital advantage for businesses and society. We are a leading digital services and software company with local presence and global capabilities. Our Nordic values and heritage steer our success.

Headquartered in Finland, TietoEVRY employs around 24 000 experts globally. The company serves thousands of enterprise and public sector customers in more than 90 countries. TietoEVRY’s annual turnover is approximately EUR 3 billion and its shares are listed on the NASDAQ in Helsinki and Stockholm as well as on the Oslo Børs.

Kesko and K-retailers form K Group, whose sales total €13 billion. K Group is the third largest retail operator in northern Europe and it employs approximately 43,000 people. Kesko operates in the grocery trade, the building and technical trade and the car trade. Its divisions and chains act in close cooperation with retailer entrepreneurs and other partners. Kesko's net sales are €11 billion and it employs approximately 25,000 people. Kesko has more than 1,800 stores engaged in chain operations in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus and Poland. Kesko is a listed company and its shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. The company's domicile and main premises are in Helsinki. Kesko is the world's most sustainable grocery trade company (The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World).  

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Satu Kiiskinen

Managing Director, Tietoevry Tech Services

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