Morrisons boosts supply links with EDI

Supermarket chain Morrisons is rolling out an electronic trading system to more closely integrate its supply chain systems with suppliers.

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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