Sainsbury is continuing to overhaul its IT systems with the roll-out of its paperless electronic trading environment to more suppliers.
It has increased the number of suppliers operating through the online order management system, supplied by Kewill Trade, by more than 50% to 3,300. This means Sainsbury is able to send orders to those suppliers electronically via a secure internet link, instead of by fax, phone or e-mail, and
without having to change their own internal systems.
The system also allows suppliers to view orders from Sainsbury and communicate through the web site.
The head of procurement at Sainsbury, John Green, said the initiative was helping reduce the time-consuming and resource-intensive administration processes. “This enables us to streamline our business processes and reduce inaccuracies and delays in fulfilling orders, thereby increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of supply chain operations.”
Kewill Solutions Europe MD Jacquie Boast said Sainsbury was planning to eventually roll out the system to all its suppliers, across both goods for sale and those such as cleaning supplies and staff uniforms.
Last month, Sainsbury revealed it was ending its multi-billion-pound IT outsourcing deal with Accenture after five years. The services will be transferred back in-house.
Rachel Barnes