VONS OUTSOURCES MIS FUNCTIONS

ARCADIA, Calif. -- Vons Cos. here is turning to an outsourcing services company to gain immediate cost savings and clear a path to an open, client-server systems architecture in the year ahead.Vons turned over management of its information technology to SHL Systemhouse, Ottawa, as part of a 10-year contract that took effect last month. Both parties declined to reveal financial terms of the agreement."First

ARCADIA, Calif. -- Vons Cos. here is turning to an outsourcing services company to gain immediate cost savings and clear a path to an open, client-server systems architecture in the year ahead.

Vons turned over management of its information technology to SHL Systemhouse, Ottawa, as part of a 10-year contract that took effect last month. Both parties declined to reveal financial terms of the agreement.

"First of all, it's a cost-cutting move," Barry Boone, Vons' vice president

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