The IBP Group, a world leader in plumbing fittings, has moved to Wesupply’s OneTimeTM EDI platform for a fully-managed electronic trading service that allows the real-time exchange of critical business documents with its customers. Wesupply was IBP’s preferred EDI provider following several years experience of trading electronically with a key customer – a leading builder’s merchant – on the Wesupply network.
EDI is not a new concept for IBP, in fact the company had an on-premise EDI solution for many years. However, following a restructure of the IT department and the receipt of a new requirement, that their existing EDI solution could not comply with, it was decided that an outsourced solution would be more appropriate. It was felt that a fully managed EDI solution would enable the company to fulfil current and future trading partner requirements more efficiently, while also freeing up the IT department to work on other projects.
"We chose to outsource our EDI requirements to Wesupply as our previous experience of working with the Wesupply team was positive and we were familiar with the OneTime solution" said Neville Billingham, IT Technical Specialist at IBP. "We were also aware of the firm foothold Wesupply have in the Plumbing and Building sector – in fact, all of our UK customers are already connected to the Wesupply network."
IBP will be using the Wesupply platform to automate the exchange of orders, invoices, acknowledgements, Advanced Shipment Notices (ASN’s) and remittances with approximately 50 of its UK and European customers.
"By outsourcing to Wesupply, IBP are free from the burden and risks associated with technical issues, maintenance costs and the need to keep abreast of advancing technology, and can instead, take advantage of the extensive business benefits that come from electronic trading" says Andrew Ziff, B2B Consultant at Wesupply.