26 May 2005 | Liam O'Brien
Supermarket and wholesale distribution company Nisa is looking to improve its supply chain efficiency by introducing a "data cleaning" system from Udex Product Data.
Udex PDQ will turn product data from Nisa's 850 suppliers into a single format for the group's stores. This, Nisa hopes, will reduce the problem of inaccurate product identification at the manufacturing end - a major cause of out-of-stock products, as well as mis-scans at the checkout.
Ian West, vice-president of sales and marketing Europe at Udex, said: "We reckon we can reduce out-of-stocks by 1 per cent and cut the number of mis-scans for consumers by 75 per cent.
"In addition, retailers don't need to employ armies of people to manipulate supplier data. This takes a huge cost out of the supply chain."
Udex said that it can deliver a 2-3 per cent improvement in getting accurate orders to users because consistent data across the supply chain ensures manufacturers do not supply substitute or incorrect products.