Retail Solutions - Nisa adds Retek to supply chain

Grocery buying group, Nisa-Today, is developing a real-time supply chain using Retek software with SeeBeyond integration software to extend functionality.

Implementation is by Enabler - originally part of the IT division of Portuguese retail chain Sonae.

'The new system will significantly reduce paperwork for our members, and it will provide them with an open platform and greater flexibility in the way they trade with us,' said Nisa head of IT Wayne Swallow. 'All Retek's systems are Web-based so it will be very much easier for them all.'

Nisa-Today - whose members include supermarket chains Budgens, Bells Stores, Booths and Jacksons - had used mainly bespoke supply chain systems running on an ageing IBM AS/400, and the move to packaged software represents the group's largest IT project to date. Implementation is scheduled for completion by September.

SeeBeyond provides Retek with various components of its integration system.

The implementation is the second in the grocery buying group sector this year for the two companies. In January, the duo completed the first stage of a similar project for DeSpar - the Italian division of Spar - also using Enabler as systems integrator.

'The system has enabled DeSpar to operate four warehouses with one less shift a day, taking 2,240 man hours out of the daily supply chain,' said DeSpar IT director Giancarlo Pelarin. 'Our pick accuracy to stores has improved to 99.8 per cent from 80 per cent.'