Accenture buys Brazilian supply chain firm Gapso

10 March 2015 Consultancy.uk

Accenture has acquired Gapso, a Brazil-based services and solutions provider specialised in operations and supply chain. Gaspo will be integrated into Accenture Analytics, part of Accenture Digital. Terms and conditions of the deal have not been disclosed.

Founded in 2003, Gapso is headquartered in Rio de Janeiro and offers operational planning solutions in the field of supply chain, operations and logistics. The company in addition provide analytical services, serving mainly clients in the natural resources, manufacturing and agribusiness sectors.

Gapso is now part of Accenture

With over 319,000 employees in more than 120 countries, Accenture is one of the globe’s largest management consulting, technology services and outsourcing firms.

In recent years, Accenture has steadily been boosting its market share in Latin America, and as part of the strategic growth plan for the region the global consultancy has earmarked Brazil and digital consulting as key growth drivers. With the acquisition of Gapso, the firm has become a “key advanced analytics player in Brazil”, according to Rodolfo Eschenbach, Accenture Digital lead in Latin America. “By combining Accenture’s and Gapso’s broad analytics skills and capabilities, Brazilian companies will have access to the best data scientist talent and solutions in the market for driving real, data-driven, operations outcomes at scale”, he adds.

Gapso’s employees – estimated to be between 80 and 100 – will join Accenture Digital, and be merged into the Analytics service area. For the Brazil-based consultancy, the integration will allow the firm to “engage in a more powerful, broader-scope of analytics conversations with clients”, comments Oscar Porto, Business Director at Gapso. Going forward, Porto says Gapso is “looking forward to joining Accenture”, and adds that he believes the joining of forces will better position both firms to “disrupt the resources and agribusiness industries through insight-enabled decision-making.”

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The acquisition of Gapso is Accenture’s second major addition in the digital space within a year. In December last year the firm bought Reactive Media, a Australia-based digital agency with offices in Australia, New Zealand, UK and US. And in May 2014 Italian origin i4C Analytics was picked up, a move which saw approximately 70 employees join Accenture.

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