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Nisa-Today’s enables local sourcing with electronic trading from Kewill

Nisa-Today's, the UK's leading member-owned organisation, providing benefits to independent retailers and wholesalers in food and drink markets, has selected Kewill, a leading provider of global solutions for the dynamic supply network, to deliver software and services that will support Nisa-Today's local sourcing initiatives.

The online application will enable Nisa-Today's to interact with its smaller suppliers using a standard interface that will allow the company to rapidly bring on new business for the benefit of its members. Until now, communications with smaller suppliers were largely manual, time-consuming and could be subject to errors. The solution will also support Nisa-Today's in meeting its members' requirements to supplement centrally delivered branded and own branded products with locally produced goods.

David Morris, Head of IT, Nisa-Today's, said, “The development will allow Nisa-Today's to trade with smaller suppliers, many of which are local, via an interface that will not require any manual intervention. This will increase our ability to bring on new suppliers quickly, and support them whilst ensuring a streamlined flow of consistent information throughout our host systems.”

Morris continued, “The consistent flow of orders and invoice data into our organisation will mean Nisa-Today's will not need to invest in additional resources to manage the project. The simplicity of the system will enable other suppliers to join in and the rapid deployment will ensure that Nisa-Today's effectively meets its target for deliveries. Having already had a long term relationship in place for a number of years, Nisa-Today's was happy to continue this relationship with Kewill.”

The project will go live late summer 2008, and planning is already underway to ensure a successful delivery.

Dave Andrew, Business Unit Director at Kewill, commented, “We are delighted that Nisa-Today's has chosen to extend their relationship with us. Kewill Trade Forms has been developed to allow retailers to offer an entry level web-based trading platform to their small to medium sized suppliers, who often find it difficult to justify the significant investment required in buying and supporting their own bespoke trading platform.”

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