Pub chain is first to sign up for procurement system

19 June 2002
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20 June 2002 | Robin Parker

Public houses and restaurants aiming to improve the control of purchases from wholesalers are the target of an e-procurement system.

Purchasing consultancy Freshnet Systems is offering a hosted service that puts checkpoints along the on-trade supply chain to ensure that management can see all purchases made by individual outlets, and that wholesalers can maintain stock levels.

The mangoProcure solution, part of a broader online offering from Internet systems integrator e-mango, covers the whole purchase-to-pay cycle, including wholesalers' catalogues, e-invoicing and settlement.

Pub chain Hall & Woodhouse is the first to sign up to the service, linking 150 of its outlets with 20 wholesalers of more than 1,000 commodities of food and drink products.

It claims that the implementation has cut the number of interactions required to purchase produce by 60 per cent.

Guy Hainsworth, operations director of e-mango, said the service can help to improve the entire distribution and payment process between large organisations and small suppliers.

"This is a very complex supply chain, and before Hall & Woodhouse began using it, there were no price control systems in place," he said.

"Now outlets can only buy what the head office wants them to and management will know who's buying what from whom."

e-mango hopes to extend the system to other markets, including school authorities, NHS trusts and small and medium-sized enterprises.


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