Cadbury Schweppes taps Sterling Commerce to achieve sweeter supply chain integration

Multi-Enterprise Collaboration innovator, Sterling Commerce, has further developed its relationship with leading global beverage and confectionery company Cadbury Schweppes. Cadbury Schweppes UK has successfully extended its existing implementation of Sterling Commerces multi-enterprise services architecture (MESA) to streamline and automate supply chain processes for Global Data Synchronisation (GDS) and secure Internet communications.

Following a lengthy and robust selection process, Cadbury Schweppes selected MESA as a single, strategic platform for end-to-end integration, process management and connectivity between its SAP environment and the Transora data pool service. In addition, Sterling Commerce helps the company ensure secure communication of EDI over the Internet using the AS2 protocol - a mandate of large retailers including Wal-Mart and ASDA, two of Cadbury Schweppes major customers.

Spencer Marlow, solutions marketing manager for the retail and consumer packaged goods industries, EMEA, Sterling Commerce said: "Cadbury Schweppes has a long history of using Sterling Commerce solutions and had already invested in Sterling Commerce to exchange standardised business data with retailers and others in its supply chain. By adding AS2 and data synchronisation capabilities to the existing integration platform, we continue to deliver on our original promise: to provide Cadbury Schweppes with a scalable, flexible strategic platform that can evolve to meet the future demands of its business and the industry."

David Knowles, EMEA IT Business Partner Cadbury Schweppes said: We can meet our customer communication needs through one solution provider for the EMEA region and are moving toward achieving this. We have a long history with Sterling Commerce and know them to be a trusted provider with proven solutions.

Sterling Commerce offers a wide range of data synchronisation solutions, from basic compliance to complete and automated data synchronisation to help manufacturers and retailers of all sizes integrate with data pools such as Transora, UCCnet, World Wide Retail Exchange, SINFOS, UDEX and other European data pools. These solutions include hosted services, entry-level software connectivity solutions and fully-fledged, end-to-end integration offerings.

Since mid-year 2003, Sterling Commerce has implemented more than 900 GDS solutions at manufacturers and retailers across Europe and the United States. Customers include Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, The Scotts Company, CVS, Murray Inc., Royal Appliance, Rustoleum, LOreal and Staples.

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