SALISBURY, N.C. — As part of an agreement to outsource some technology functions, 58 Delhaize employees — half here and half in Scarborough, Maine, will leave the company to work for IBM, a spokeswoman for Delhaize told SN.

According to an internal memo distributed last week, Delhaize is outsourcing its data center operations to IBM, beginning over the next several weeks, and is also planning to outsource its network services, help desk and desktop support functions by year-end. It said it had not yet finalized those latter plans. About 80 workers in total will be affected.


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“We believe outsourcing these functions to trusted partners will enable us to utilize the technology industry’s best providers of these services and further deliver innovation for our customers and associates,” Delhaize told SN in a statement. “While these decisions are never easy, we have taken great care to ensure that all associates affected by this decision are treated with respect throughout the entire transition process.”

Delhaize said all employees who are affected will be offered employment with the outside technology firm for six months, and will have an opportunity to apply for permanent positions at the new organization, or receive severance.

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