BLUE BELL, Pa., Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Unisys Corporation (NYSE : UIS ) today announced that its Australian and New Zealand subsidiaries have signed agreements with McDonald's to provide end-user IT support services to McDonald's restaurants across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
The five-year contracts have an estimated combined value of approximately US$30.5 million (AU$30 million) and represent new business for Unisys.
Under the terms of the contracts, Unisys will provide service desk, on-site and remote support services to McDonald's chain of more than 1,000 company-owned and franchised restaurants across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific region, including New Caledonia, Fiji, Tahiti, American Samoa and Samoa.
Unisys will provide its Smart On-Site Services for end-to-end support of technology used in the McDonald's restaurants, including point of sale devices, back-office PC equipment, peripherals, wireless networks, customer order display units and cameras.
"The customer is at the heart of McDonald's business, and reliable in-store technology is critical to providing a quality experience from the moment a customer places an order until the meal is delivered," said Henry Shiner, McDonald's CIO for the Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific region. "Our goal is to enable franchisees and restaurant managers to run their business so they can deliver the convenient, dependable and consistent service our customers expect whenever they walk into one of our restaurants."
Providing 24/7 coverage, the central Unisys service desk will be located in Wellington, New Zealand, with business continuity failover based in Brisbane, Australia.
"We chose Unisys because we need a partner who can leverage a delivery capability to provide field service support across a widespread geographic region, with the systems and rigorous processes to enable consistent, visible performance against agreed and flexible service levels," Mr Shiner said.
Unisys Smart On-Site Services are designed to provide consistent quality service for clients such as McDonald's. Unisys tailors end-user IT support services to the specific client's needs, using advanced automation and logistics tools so representatives can track service events more efficiently from start to finish. Predictive analysis enables Unisys to anticipate and resolve potential equipment problems before they lead to potentially costly downtime.
"McDonald's restaurants rely on IT in their business, and we understand how important it is for restaurant managers to access support regardless of location and easily track the status of service calls," said Andrew Barkla, vice president and general manager, Unisys Asia Pacific and Japan. "We look forward to providing end-user IT support services that help McDonald's owners and managers run their restaurants more efficiently and give patrons a superior customer experience."
McDonald's is the world's leading global foodservice retailer with more than 33,000 locations serving approximately 64 million customers in more than 100 countries each day. More than 80% of McDonald's restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local men and women.
Unisys is a worldwide information technology company. We provide a portfolio of IT services, software, and technology that solves critical problems for clients. We specialize in helping clients secure their operations, increase the efficiency and utilization of their data centers, enhance support to their end users and constituents, and modernize their enterprise applications. To provide these services and solutions, we bring together offerings and capabilities in outsourcing services, systems integration and consulting services, infrastructure services, maintenance services, and high-end server technology. With approximately 23,000 employees, Unisys serves commercial organizations and government agencies throughout the world. For more information, visit www.unisys.com.
Forward Looking Statements
Any statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All forward-looking statements rely on assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. In particular, statements in this release regarding the estimated value of the contracts are based upon the assumption that the total number of company-owned and franchised McDonald's restaurants using the service in the territory covered by the contracts will be consistent with current levels, and that the contracts will continue in effect for their full term. Because the total number of stores can change, and because the contracts are terminable by McDonald's before the end of their term, the estimated value of the engagement is not guaranteed. Additional discussion of factors that could affect Unisys' future results is contained in periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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