Jamba Inc. (NASDAQ:JMBA), a leading health and wellness brand and the leading retailer of freshly squeezed juice, today reaffirmed its commitment to accelerate its move to an asset-light model with the announcement that the Company has entered into an agreement with Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology, and outsourcing services. The agreement provides enhanced administrative tools, technology services, and capabilities for Jamba, and is anticipated to create workflow efficiencies while reducing costs as Jamba pursues a 10-20% reduction of overall G&A in 2015.
Under the agreement, specific administrative tasks, including application maintenance and development as well as finance and accounting support, that are currently being handled internally at Jamba will be transitioned to Capgemini, providing Jamba with enhanced efficiencies in key areas. The transition, which will utilize Capgemini’s Global Enterprise Model1 methodology for business process transformation, is expected to contribute to the 10-20% reduction of overall G&A.
“The relationship with Capgemini is intended to provide the Company with the tools and capabilities required to support our growth plans,” stated Karen Luey, Jamba EVP and chief financial and administrative officer. “This move is part of our ongoing efforts to enable rapid global growth supported by world-class infrastructure, processes and systems. We are providing strong outplacement support for affected employees and we were able to find roles within the Organization for a number of those whose positions will be transitioned.”
The transition is expected to be completed by Q1, 2015. As part of the drive to an asset-light model, Jamba is also initiating an expanded franchise recruiting and development program. The Company is targeting the addition of 500 new stores in the next 5 years. Combined with Jamba’s ongoing refranchising initiatives, Jamba is expected to move to an 80%+ franchise-to-company-owned model in the next 18 months.
About Jamba Juice Company
Founded in 1990, Jamba, Inc. is a leading restaurant retailer of better-for-you, specialty beverage and food offerings, which include great tasting, whole fruit smoothies, fresh squeezed juices and juice blends, hot teas, and a variety of food items including hot oatmeal, breakfast wraps, sandwiches, Artisan Flatbreads™, baked goods, and snacks. As of July 1, 2014, there were 854 Jamba Juice store locations globally.
1 Capgemini's Global Enterprise Model (GEM) is a transformation methodology comprised of 7 levers including grade, location, and competency mix, Global Process Model, technology, pricing and governance, all of which are calibrated according to each client’s specific needs.
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