Morrisons, the UK’s fourth largest supermarket chain, has selected Freeway Commerce’s Spectrum 3 electronic trading solution to more closely integrate its supply chain with suppliers.
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Morrisons uses an electronic data interchange (EDI) platform via an IBM value added network (Van) to send orders and receive invoices electronically from over 430 suppliers.
It also sends documentation electronically to the Inland Revenue, including employee P60 forms.
Following the takeover of Safeway, Morrisons reviewed its EDI systems with a view to rationalising and future-proofing its systems.
The supermarket chain wanted an EDI system that could handle current Van-based technology and which also provided a stepping stone to new, lower cost internet-based technologies.
One of the reasons Morrisons chose Freeway’s Spectrum 3 solution was that it was based on the Microsoft.Net web services framework.
Spectrum 3 has been linked into Morrisons’ mainframe back office systems to send and receive information in near real-time and it provides management statistics when required.
Freeway Commerce’s software handles communications using EDI Van technology, but it can also support the FTP and AS2 communications options. It also has inherent web forms and XML capabilities.
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