Defense inks commissary system deal with IBM

The Defense Department has awarded a 10-year, $370 million contract to IBM Corp. to provide IT support services for DOD's commissary sales worldwide.

Under the contract consisting of a five-year base period and five option years, IBM will provide the services for the Defense Commissary Agency's Commercial Advanced Resale Transaction System (CARTS).

CARTS will replace the commissary's current point-of-sale system. During fiscal 2006, IBM will complete various stages of testing to prepare the new system for deployment.

Headquartered at Fort Lee, Va., the Defense Commissary Agency runs a worldwide chain of nearly 280 commissaries that provide groceries and household supplies to U.S. military personnel, retirees and their families. It employs about 18,000 people, serves roughly 11.8 million customers and had sales of $5.4 billion in fiscal 2005.

Roseanne Gerin is a staff writer for Government Computer News' sister publication, Washington Technology.

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