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Independent foodservice wholesaler, Creed Catering Supplies Ltd, is making a major investment in new warehousing technology from Business Computer Projects Ltd (BCP) which will enable it to offer an improved service to its catering customers.
Established over 25 years ago, Creed Catering Supplies is a leading member of the Country Range Group and has delivered impressive growth in recent years. With 2008 turnover of 30m projected, Creed Catering Supplies operates from three sites in the Cheltenham area and uses its own fleet of 33 multi-temperature vehicles to service some 2000 accounts with a comprehensive range of meat and poultry, fresh, frozen, ambient and non-food products. Customers include care homes, schools, hotels and restaurants, travel and leisure outlets in the South West and Midlands and, with its latest big win, - Wyevale garden centres Creed has become a nationwide distributor, supplying Wyevales 65 restaurants across the country.
BCP is one of the UKs top suppliers of specialist Supply Chain solutions to the Food and Drink Wholesale industry with key clients including Woodward Foodservice, BWG, Musgrave and SPAR.
The investment in a modern warehouse management system (WMS) was stimulated by growth of the business alongside the companys determination to offer exceptional service levels to its customers. Once the decision to invest had been made, BCP worked closely with Creed through a series of workshops and site visits, to ensure functional compatibility and a system aligned specifically to Creeds particular requirements.
The new Accord WMS is being implemented initially in Creeds main ambient warehouse at Staverton. It replaces a manual system, introducing Radio Frequency (RF) technology for Goods Receiving and FLT operations in the first instance. Implementation began at the end of February and the system is expected to be up and running early in April. It will integrate directly to Creeds main Accord system, interfacing seamlessly to Purchasing, Stock Control and Telesales and giving Creed all the benefits of real time, mobile operations, including higher productivity and improved accuracy.
Creed Commercial Director, Karl Goodwin: Improving business efficiency is one of our key strategic plans. This system will improve our overall efficiency and ensure we continue to offer a service that exceeds our customers expectations.
Founded in 1979, Business Computer Projects Ltd (BCP) is a leading systems house specialising in supply chain solutions and a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner one of an elite group of IT companies to have achieved this coveted status.
Our Accord systems offer end-to-end, web enabled supply chain solutions for delivered wholesale, cash & carry and retail distribution. Dedicated versions are available for the food and drink sector where we are regarded as one of the market leaders.
All our systems have been developed using Progress 4GL ensuring they are user friendly and easy to tailor, with powerful, flexible reporting and management information facilities. Their OpenEdge(TM) architecture makes them suitable for use on a wide range of platforms, giving clients maximum choice and flexibility in hardware and operating system platform selection and allowing easy integration with many other technologies, such as .NET, Java and Web Services.
As a technology innovator, BCP systems are in the forefront when it comes to applying new technologies to the Food Industry Supply Chain. Recently these include Voice technology in the warehouse and using Web Services and EDI-INT for Supply Chain Integration. We also operate a number of managed services for our clients, including AIMS (Accord Internet Messaging Service) for passing information reliably and securely between sites, an EFT Bureau and an EDI Bureau.
BCP clients include SPAR, Musgrave, BWG, Pets at Home, William Morrison Supermarkets, Woodward Foodservice
About Creed Catering Supplies Ltd
Creed Catering Supplies is one of the countrys leading independent foodservice wholesalers.
MD, Chris Creed, is currently Commercial Director of the Country Range Group. Creed Catering Supplies are one of the leading members in Country Ranges discussions with GS1 on standardisation of product coding across the UK supply chain.