Supermarket chain Morrisons is rolling out an electronic trading system to more closely integrate its supply chain systems with suppliers.
The Spectrum 3 system from Freeway Commerce uses an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) platform via an IBM value-added network to send orders and receive invoices electronically from more than 430 suppliers.
Morrisons wanted an EDI system that could handle its proprietary value-added network and which provided a stepping stone to lower-cost web-based technologies.
One of the reasons it chose Spectrum 3 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. It also provides management statistics.
Spectrum 3 also has inherent web forms and XML capabilities.
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