Sainsbury's selects Wesupply for strategic non-foods project

With over 900 suppliers now benefiting from browser access to the Sainsbury's Supply Chain for Food products, Sainsbury's, in partnership with Wesupply, has launched a new strategic initiative to achieve the same results for suppliers in the non-food supply chain.

This new initiative is predominantly aimed at providing improved communications, visibility and accuracy within the supply chain for approximately 800 suppliers from Europe and Asia Pacific. The overall objective is to replace a paper based process to vastly improve the accuracy of invoicing and to apply greater control throughout the order-to-cash-cycle. Wesupply will enhance the existing browser functionality to cater for the processing, presentation and supplier acceptance of extended contract details along with other non-food specific requirements.

"We are delighted to have the opportunity to continue working with Sainsbury's on a project with such strategic importance", commented David Grosvenor, CEO Wesupply. "From the success of the foods project we have been able to develop both a good understanding and strong working relationship with the Sainsbury's team, which helps both parties get the best out of the partnership."

As well as moving forwards with the Non-Foods project, Sainsbury's will be implementing the final part of its Foods Replatforming Project where the Wesupply Electronic Trading Application will be used to manage and monitor the flow of all EDI data within the Sainsbury's extended Supply Chain. This will ensure that Sainsbury's gain the full advantage of the comprehensive checking, validation, visibility and alerting features that the Wesupply application offers to help manage the complex message flows.

Ed Thomas, Sainsbury's Logistics IT Programme Manager added: "Wesupply have consistently delivered quality code to agreed timescales and budgets. They have always been very constructive and flexible when challenges arose, which has made working with them very satisfying."

Two key points which helped Sainsbury's to a decision to commit to further investment in the Wesupply Electronic Trading Application were the robustness of the infrastructure and the capability of Wesupply to provide an excellent Managed Service.

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