Spar loses IT director following SAP error

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Mark Huxtable, Spar’s chief information officer, has resigned from the South African food and alcohol retailer, shortly after the difficult implementation of a R1.8 billion software system ( 95 million dollars).

The move to SAP software resulted in various integration and distribution issues that caused interruptions in inventory deliveries to stores and lost sales. The SAP software project cost Spar around R786 million in lost wholesale revenue in the first half. Operating profit fell 18% in the six months to March.

Huxtable’s departure is due to personal reasons and he will leave the Durban-based company at the end of the month, it was said in an email response to questions on Friday. The problems with the SAP systems have been resolved and the stores are being maintained again, he added.

Brett McDougall, Spar’s South African country director of information technology, will step in to support the team, president Mike Bosman said in the email. Huxtable did not respond to requests for comment and SAP said it was unable to comment on behalf of its customers.

The grocer has lost a number of executives this year, including its former CEO Brett Botten and its former chairman Graham O’Connor, who resigned due to governance issues.

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