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EDF ENERGY NETWORKS SET TO INCREASE ORDER FULFILMENT WITH INNOVATIVE COLLABORATION INITIATIVE

LONDON – 27 January 2009 - EDF Energy Networks, one of the largest UK home and business electricity distributors, has selected Wesupply and its managed B2B platform to enable improved customer service and reduced inventory costs. This has been done by automating the ordering process and providing visibility to its supplier community.

EDF Energy Networks will replace costly manual ordering with a streamlined solution that provides full visibility into the order cycle, thus reducing costs and improving confidence in the ordering process. The Wesupply solution is provided as ‘software-as-a-service’ enabling collaboration between EDF Energy Networks and its key suppliers without the need to install costly and high-maintenance software. The solution will also enable the electricity distributor to reduce cost and increase visibility into the inbound shipment process which in turn will reduce the need to hold safety stock. Wesupply’s innovative business activity monitoring will alert EDF Energy Networks and its suppliers to supply chain problems earlier in the cycle and before they impact performance.

“Subscribing to the Wesupply service will mean we can collaborate closely with our suppliers. Not only will this help our suppliers to manage cost based on accurate and timely orders, but it will also enable us to provide an even better service to our customers,” said Chris Matthews, Head of Logistics at EDF Energy Networks. “By improving order quality and visibility we benefit and so do our suppliers.”

John Luscombe, Client Services Director at Wesupply, commented, “we’re delighted to be working with EDF Energy Networks on their inventory visibility project and believe that our delivery model will enable the company to begin trading electronically with their suppliers much more quickly than with a traditional on-premise software approach.”

EDF Energy Networks will be automating the exchange of order management, shipment and invoice information with its suppliers using Wesupply’s on-demand business process platform. As an outsourced solution provider, Wesupply will be responsible for all of the implementation work and for engaging the suppliers.

About Wesupply Limited
Wesupply is for companies who are looking to improve their profitability by challenging the cost, complexity and limitations of trading with customers and suppliers using traditional methods.

Wesupply provides a managed service that connects companies to their business partners across an intelligent B2B Network, regardless of electronic standards and protocols. By subscribing to the service, companies receive a single, unbiased view of their extended supply chain network and the electronic messages exchanged. The solution enables collaborative control of their supply chain and allows rapid adoption of new multi-enterprise processes that deliver visibility and confidence internally and with their business partners.

Unlike on-premise solutions, Wesupply is a flexible, low risk, rapidly deployable service to enable B2B supply chain innovation, and is used by leading companies such as Alstom Transport, Amcor PET Packaging, Aqualisa, Bristan, Calor Gas, Cummins Generator Technologies, Cummins Turbo Technologies, Diageo, Graham, Jewson, Lear Corporation, Lafarge Roofing, Vaillant.

About EDF Energy
The combination of EDF Energy and British Energy forms one of the UK’s largest energy companies. The combined business is the UK’s largest producer of electricity. With a current installed capacity of around 16.5GW, we produce almost one-quarter of the nation's electricity from our nuclear, coal and gas power stations, as well as combined heat and power plants and wind farms.

We provide power to a quarter of the UK’s population via our electricity distribution networks in London, the South East and the East of England and supply gas and electricity to over 5.5 million business and residential customers.

Through Our Climate and Social Commitments we have launched the biggest environmental and social packages of any UK energy company. The company is also a key player in national infrastructure projects including management of private electricity networks serving four London airports and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, the country’s first major new railway in 100 years.

EDF Energy and British Energy together employ nearly 20,000 people at locations across the UK. The combined companies are part of EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest power companies. EDF is the official energy utilities partner and sustainability partner of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

For additional information please contact:
Claire Taylor, Marketing Communications Manager, Wesupply.
Email [email protected] or phone +44 (0)845 643 6600.

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