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Case Study : Cold Move

By integrating Bgate online ordering and invoicing platform with their existing logistics systems, Cold Move have been able to provide the DEALZ/Poundland Network with a truly end-to-end supply-chain solution.

The Challenge

In 2014 Cold Move were approached by the Poundland Network to provide a logistics solution to service the Dealz chain of retail stores in 35 locations around Ireland. This involved the procurement and distribution of fresh and chilled products from multiple suppliers in Ireland and the UK.

Cold Move were also required to provide the technology to make the entire procurement cycle paperless. This included online ordering, GRN matching and e-invoice creation at a Dealz store level; consolidated order generation at Supplier level; and fully-auditable order management and reporting at Poundland Group level. Part of the technology brief was two-way integraton with Poundland’s in-house ERP Systems.

The Solution

Cold Move selected Bgate to provide an online automated order-processing service to orchestrate the flow of information between six unconnected systems, across 4 companies and two countries.

The Bgate core system is designed to mirror complex supply-chain networks with multiple integration points and business rules. Over 90% of the required project functionality was already covered in the standard Unit>Group>Supplier configuration on Bgate.

This meant that the project was rolled out within a few weeks. “Most of this time was taken up with integration testing with the various 3rd party technology providers. The small amount of development needed for the project was focussed on building-out reporting dashboards to track and audit every event throughout the cycle.” Says Simon Lunt, CEO Bgate.

Part of the project involved invoice integration with the Poundland ERP system and order-capture through We-Supply, a UK Supply-chain hub. To achieve this, Bgate configured it’s Auto-Scheduler to pick-up and drop-off data remotely using the TRADACOMS EDI standard.

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