Magners saves ‘hundreds of thousands’ through EDI

Magners has overhauled its supply chain software in a bid to improve order processing and data interchange.

The cider maker has implemented the Inovis TrustedLink and BizConnect software to create an “always online” platform for order processing.

The company claims to have saved “hundreds of thousands of pounds” by using the BizConnect software to create an electronic data interchange, providing communications standards between its systems and those of clients. It is also saving further cash by automatically tracking the delivery time of the plastic crates themselves, which are rented.

Magners has retail clients in 17 countries, and customers in the UK include Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons.

Using the TrustedLink system, it automatically logs all customer orders into its enterprise resource planning software, a change it said would cut down error. The system is also used by staff at Magners distributor Lucey to monitor deliveries in real time, and gauge the number of vehicles required. Meanwhile, Magners is automatically alerted to any orders that are not delivered on time.

Jimmy McHugh, business systems analyst at Magners, said: “Processing orders and getting stock to our customers on time is crucial, especially in today’s competitive market.”

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