October 18, 2013 – Wigan, Greater Manchester. Atlas Products International, the market-leading provider of B2B ecommerce and ebusiness solutions, says that international food powerhouse Glanbia has successfully rolled out an Atlas Fusion ebusiness portal solution that will eliminate 240,000 paper invoices a year.
Glanbia products are sold in more than 130 countries and the business employs 4,900 people in 17 countries. It processes almost six billion litres of milk per annum, manufactures over 500,000 tonnes of cheese and almost 250,000 tonnes of dairy-based ingredients.
In Ireland and the UK alone, it has more than 3000 customers including supermarkets, food service companies, cash and carry outlets and convenience stores. In addition it supplies pubs, restaurants and hotels, together with a wide range of public sector organisations such as schools and colleges, hospitals, prisons and police forces.
A large proportion of those 3000 customers are served by third party agents and/or delivery companies, ranging from those with small fleets of vehicles to individuals with a single van. The resulting logistical complexity and administrative burden was substantial, with Glanbia manually generating and posting around 240,000 paper invoices annually.
The scale of the process and the inevitable human error was time, resource and cash intensive. Says Director of IT Maeve Moynihan: “Dealing with paper invoices creates a number of touch points to generate, process, print and despatch them, each with associated costs and the potential for errors and delays.
“We were aware that Atlas had the ability to address a complex set of requirements and to come up with demonstrable ebusiness solutions that could deal with all of these issues. And the fact that they had achieved this for two important customers of ours gave us a level of confidence that led to their appointment as our strategic ebusiness partner.”
Utilising its tried and tested Fusion technology, Atlas developed a bespoke cloud-based portal solution for Glanbia that fully automates the secure movement of key business documents, integrated with the company’s SAP accounting system.
Added Maeve Moynihan: “We saw this as an exercise in improving our service to our customers. Atlas worked closely with us to configure the portal to the specific needs of both Glanbia and our customers who have adopted the system enthusiastically and value the visibility of the status of their account and the efficiencies it has produced for their business processes.
“The portal provides a single easily accessible location for all their relevant data. Our own processes have been significantly streamlined and we fully expect to achieve our targeted return on investment.”
Added Atlas VP Group Sales Michael Latimer: “Both the Glanbia and Atlas teams have worked hard to ensure that our portal solution has delivered the business benefits predicted at the outset.
“We strive to develop a strong level of professional trust and partnership with customers so that they get the maximum value out of our solutions. I am delighted that we remain closely involved with the Glanbia team, looking at potential developments and enhancements.”
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About Atlas www.atlasproducts.com
Established in 1991, Atlas is a multi-award winning company that has built an international reputation as an innovative and results focused ebusiness solution company. Its customers commend the company for its contribution to their long term business success and its commitment to first class after sales service. Atlas works with retailers, supply chains to reduce costs and drive operational efficiencies so that key performance objectives are met. Atlas Universal is a comprehensive ebusiness solution that delivers EDI, Web-EDI, Global Data Synchronisation and business applications in the cloud, all in a single, integrated software suite. In September 2013, Atlas acquired Orbit UK, which is leading supplier of ebusiness and EDI solutions to the Insurance, Finance and Banking sectors.
About Atlas Fusion
Atlas Fusion is an ebusiness portal that enables transaction processing and workflow to be managed across corporate and/or geographic boundaries. Simply speaking, it gets rid of paper, reduces costs and increases productivity, accuracy and visibility.
Whether you are a buyer or a supplier, Fusion provides you with a view of any document, be it paper or electronically originated, simply by using an Internet browser. There are multiple Fusion components, all of which are applications in the cloud, including ordering and invoicing, supplier management and international sourcing.
Rich in functionality, Fusion applications are typically implemented with the core solution supplemented by additional custom features enabling users to build the ideal system, seamlessly integrated with their back office and EDI environments.
Atlas Fusion has a unique data integrity engine, allowing for invoice and price file checking as well as any many other tasks, ensuring the 100% accuracy of data can be achieved.
How the Glanbia solution works
• Delivery organisations collecting products from Glanbia’s manufacturing facilities use a hand held device to secure proof of delivery (POD) from the customer
• This is then transmitted to Glanbia’s SAP system using the SAPscript Raw Data Interface (RDI) mechanism
• The POD triggers an invoice in SAP that Glanbia then sends to Atlas
• Atlas renders and displays the invoice on the portal under the relevant Customer section
• All trading partners have access to a wide range of documents, such as delivery reports, weekly or monthly statements, all generated via the portal
• The visibility the portal provides enables customers to quickly raise any queries with Glanbia via the portal, on price or returns, for example, or can raise POD or quantity issues directly with the agent or delivery company.
The Atlas portal is built upon a three tier architecture comprised of presentation, business logic and data access layers. This modern design gives Glanbia full visibility of all supply chain information flowing through the portal, while customers and delivery companies have access to appropriate information relevant to their activities, protected by a secure log in facility.
About Glanbia www.glanbia.com
Glanbia is a global performance nutrition and ingredients group with leading market positions in cheese, whey proteins, sports nutrition and micronutrient premixes. Glanbia products are sold in over 130 countries worldwide and employs 4,900 people across 17 countries. Glanbia shares are listed on the Irish and London stock exchanges.
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