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B2B eCommerce with Foodstuffs

Over four million purchase orders (PO) were sent from Foodstuffs to 1500 suppliers, almost exclusively by fax prior to the development of the Foodstuffs eXchange. These purchase orders were re-keyed into suppliers' own systems where they existed, resulting in similar numbers of advanced shipping notices (ASN) and invoices (INV) being produced by suppliers for return to Foodstuffs by fax or mail. Where a supplier did not have their own IT systems, these documents were often handwritten.

A website solution was created for those suppliers that require minimum effort electronically to trade with Foodstuffs. The Foodstuffs eXchange was born. It allows suppliers to:

  • View or download purchase orders.
  • Create or upload advanced shipping notices.
  • Enter invoices manually or upload them as files.
  • Maintain all product and store codes. 

Click on the diagram to the right to view the flow of documents through the Foodstuffs eXchange and how the process as a whole will work for you as the supplier.

In parallel to the website, the B2B eCommerce layer offers the following features:

  • It accepts messages from the website, ftp or email.
  • Translates the message between Foodstuffs and a supplier covering more than 50 formats. These include supplier custom formats, CSV files, EDIFACT standard formats and Foodstuffs XML formats.
  • Product and store codes are translated, with B2B communications updating the website allowing it to be used as a fall-back by suppliers.
  • Messages are sent to the recipients using the preferred transport, agreed at the time of integration.

The Foodstuffs eXchange is a collaborative eCommerce initiative among two Foodstuffs companies that minimises transactions costs for the company and its suppliers. It provides smaller suppliers a low cost/no cost eCommerce solution, while larger suppliers can use the B2B connectivity to automate their business processes and achieve significant savings.


  Foodstuffs eXchange Application Form (29kb)

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