Group MD John Schofield described the initiative as “the largest IT investment the company has ever undertaken”.
The project represents the fruits of two years’ work and follows trials launched in the first half of the year. After successful pilot programmes,the system is being introduced to Nisafreeze first, then Nisachill and Nisaway, with the roll-out due to be completed by 2005.
It consists of the launch of two main software packages: the Retek Merchandising System and an Order Capture System.
The systems will replace most of Nisa-Today’s existing IT, enabling it to operate from a single trading platform through a central online database. The company and its customers will use it to manage all aspects of ordering and promotions.
Schofield said: “The increased visibility of all information and document flows through the chain will benefit all parties.”