Coors Brewers plans to build on £100m e-buying foundations

Coors Brewers is planning to extend the scope of its e-procurement initiative, after processing £100m worth of transactions...

Coors Brewers is planning to extend the scope of its e-procurement initiative, after processing £100m worth of transactions through the system, the company said last week.

Coors, the UK's second largest brewer, was created last year after the sale of Bass Brewers to the Coors Brewing Company. The firm said its e-procurement system has helped it to automate purchasing processes, reduce maverick spend and rationalise its supplier base.

The e-procurement system, known as Eric, is used by nearly 400 Coors staff, mainly for buying indirect goods and services across categories such as office supplies, IT equipment, marketing and temporary staff. About half of Coors' indirect suppliers are linked to the system, which is based on Commerce One technology.

Reaching the landmark figure of £100m worth of transactions reflects the increasing importance of e-procurement at Coors, said Deborah Sarson, procurement manager at the company.

"We have invested much time and resource into making e-procurement work at Coors and we are now reaping the reward of that investment," she said.

"The number of transactions processed by Eric each month represents a significant proportion of our total UK spend and demonstrates just how widely used the system is across our UK sites. The system effectively supports our efforts to make purchasing more efficient and demonstrates the value of strategic procurement to the business as a whole."

Coors, which sells brands such as Carling, Worthington and Grolsch, plans to extend the capability of the system later this year by incorporating e-sourcing and e-tendering processes, as well as continuing to roll the system out to other categories of spend and other parts of the business, Sarson said.

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