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A F Blakemore Choose TrueCommerce to Deliver a Fully Managed Supplier Enablement and Portal Service

Thursday, February 11, 2016
Press Release

Coventry & Manchester UK. (February 11th 2016)--- TrueCommerce, a HighJump company, is pleased to announce that A F Blakemore & Sons, one of the UK’s largest and most forward-thinking family-owned businesses specialising in retail, wholesale, and distribution has awarded TrueCommerce a major contract to deliver a fully Managed Service for their entire Supplier Enablement and e-Invoicing functions within the Group. A F Blakemore is the largest division of SPAR UK, owning 295 SPAR stores and serving more than 1,000 in total across England and Wales. The company is also the largest member of the Landmark Wholesale group and a significant supplier to the independent grocery sector across the UK.

“The UK retail landscape calls for increasingly sophisticated systems to manage trading relationships and to deliver critical order to invoice processes in the Supply Chain, with visibility, control and error prevention being key requirements.” Said Michael Latimer, VP Sales & Marketing, TrueCommerce Europe. “We are delighted that A F Blakemore have selected TrueCommerce’s fully managed outsourced solution. This further shows the reputation and credibility we enjoy in the retail sector.”

The new solution will see TrueCommerce provide a single Managed Service platform that will deliver full Supplier Enablement and Portal services to all of A F Blakemore’s suppliers. A F Blakemore will benefit from improved operational efficiency of a single service covering their group operations. Suppliers will enjoy streamlined and seamless on-boarding and connectivity, with visibility of their entire order to invoice processes across their trading relationship with A F Blakemore.

“A F Blakemore operates a complex supply chain with a wide range of trading partners who are key to our business operations.” said Simon Loveland, Finance Director at AFB. “When we were looking for a vendor to help us streamline and optimise our Supplier e-Invoicing, we chose TrueCommerce due to their credibility in delivering large scale Managed Service solutions to the retail and grocery sectors.”

About TrueCommerce Europe

TrueCommerce in Europe is the brand name that brings together three market leading EDI vendors in Europe: Wesupply, Atlas Products and HighJump B2Bi. TrueCommerce Europe delivers the next generation of EDI and e-Invoicing managed service to companies large and small looking to improve efficiency and reduce cost. TrueCommerce Europe is part of the global TrueCommerce and HighJump business serving 15,000 customers with almost 800 staff deployed.

About HighJump

In almost every industry, buyers are becoming more fickle, and more demanding. For logistics executives, effectively meeting buyer needs has become a relentless quest for speed and agility. Traditional supply chain solutions – siloed, complex and hard-to-implement – no longer suffice, as competitors find ways to deliver goods faster and more profitably.

In today’s “now” economy, HighJump helps you stay agile, with adaptable, connected solutions that harness the power of your trading partner community. From the warehouse to the storefront, from the desktop to the driver’s cab, we can help you achieve new levels of supply chain responsiveness, performance and profitability.

HighJump’s suite of warehouse management, business integration, transportation management and retail/DSD solutions form a complete, powerful and adaptable platform that allow you to drive growth, customer satisfaction and revenue. HighJump: supply chain accelerated.

About A F Blakemore

A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd is one of the largest and most forward-thinking family-owned businesses in the UK. The company began life in 1917 as a counter-service grocery store, and has grown from these humble beginnings into a company that now employs more than 7,900 people with a turnover of £1.3 billion.

Food and drink have always been the lifeblood of A.F. Blakemore and the business now entails retail, wholesale, distribution and shop fitting operations amongst its divisions.

A.F. Blakemore is the largest division of SPAR UK, owning 295 SPAR stores and serving more than 1,000 in total across England and Wales. The company is also the largest member of the Landmark Wholesale group and a significant supplier to the independent grocery sector across the UK.

Visit A F Blakemore’s website at http://www.afblakemore.com