US retail chain Wal-Mart, which owns the UK's Asda stores, has begun a multi-million-pound project to improve the efficiency of its supply chain.
Wal-Mart is upgrading its Retail Link network, a propriety Internet exchange which links Wal-Mart and its suppliers, as part of a project to streamline its global purchasing.
The group is breaking with tradition by selecting off-the-shelf software from Atlas Commerce, rather than developing software in-house, a move that will enable Wal-Mart to get the system up and running by the end of 2001.
Wal-Mart will use Atlas Metaprise software to aggregate orders and demand forecasts from its stores in the US, Germany, and the UK into a single request.
This will enable Wal-Mart, which tends to place orders with suppliers in the US, to issue global tenders, allowing it to negotiate volume discounts and better terms for warehousing and shipping.
This was first published in October 2000