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Musgrave Group, a leading food and grocery distributor in Ireland, has chosen to re-commit to BCPs Accord solution for its Musgrave Wholesale Partners Division.
Musgrave Wholesale Partners is a leading food wholesale company in Ireland, operating a delivered retail business, a delivered foodservice business and cash and carry operations throughout Ireland.
Musgraves growth has continued unabated in recent years, both organically and through acquisitions, the most significant of which for Musgrave Wholesale Partners over the past year being the acquisition of NI rival J&J Haslett. This has more than doubled the companys size in the province, making it a powerful player in the NI convenience market and extending its C&C operation significantly.
Supply chain specialist BCP (Business Computer Projects Ltd) was first selected as system supplier for the wholesale division in the 1990s and since then has worked closely with Musgrave, developing Accord in line with changing market and business needs, as the company has grown and restructured.
The decision to recommit to BCP and Accord reflects the close working partnership which has developed between the two companies and recognises the breadth of the Accord solution, its close match to Musgrave Wholesale Partners future requirements and BCPs clear understanding of the Musgrave business.
A number of areas for strategic development of the solution have been agreed and BCP will now work with Musgrave to realise these. Particular projects include completion of the integration of Variety Foods into the Musgrave business, more timely financial information at period end and a CRM project that will deliver customer visibility across all depots, helping Musgrave to better service the needs of its customers .
Brendan Sheridan, Head of IT at Musgrave Wholesale Partners, sums up: We have had a long and fruitful relationship with BCP. Their staff understand our business well. The BCP Accord system meets our requirements and we are happy to commit to BCP and Accord for the next 3-5 years.
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.
BCPs 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 BCP is regarded as one of the market leaders.
All BCPs 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 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.
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. BCP also operates 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, Pedigree Wholesale, Woodward Foodservice, Nisa Todays.
The Musgrave Group is partner to entrepreneurial food retailers and foodservice professionals in Ireland, the UK and Spain. The company was founded in Cork in 1876 by brothers Thomas and Stuart Musgrave, and is now Irelands biggest food and grocery distributor. In the UK, Musgrave Group acquired the Budgens chain of convenience stores in 2002 and bought the Londis franchise in 2004. It now serves more than 3,000 stores in Ireland, the UK and Spain. In 2007 Group sales were 4.9 billion.