Nisa-Todays enables local sourcing with electronic trading from Kewill

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Nisa-Today's, a leading member-owned organisation, providing benefits to independent retailers and wholesalers in food and drink markets, has selected Kewill (LSE: KWL), a leading provider of global solutions for the dynamic supply network, to deliver software and services that will support Nisa-Todays local sourcing initiatives.

The online application will enable Nisa-Todays to interact with its smaller suppliers using a standard interface that will allow the company to rapidly bring on new business for the benefit of its members. Until now, communications with smaller suppliers were largely manual, time-consuming and could be subject to errors. The solution will also support Nisa-Todays in meeting its members requirements to supplement centrally delivered branded and own branded products with locally produced goods.

David Morris, Head of IT, Nisa-Todays, said, The development will allow Nisa-Todays to trade with smaller suppliers, many of which are local, via an interface that will not require any manual intervention. This will increase our ability to bring on new suppliers quickly, and support them whilst ensuring a streamlined flow of consistent information throughout our host systems.

Morris continued, The consistent flow of orders and invoice data into our organisation will mean Nisa-Todays will not need to invest in additional resources to manage the project. The simplicity of the system will enable other suppliers to join in and the rapid deployment will ensure that Nisa-Todays effectively meets its target for deliveries.  Having already had a long term relationship in place for a number of years, Nisa-Todays was happy to continue this relationship with Kewill.

The project will go live late summer 2008, and planning is already underway to ensure a successful delivery.

Dave Andrew, Business Unit Director at Kewill, commented, We are delighted that Nisa-Todays has chosen to extend their relationship with us. Kewill Trade Forms has been developed to allow retailers to offer an entry level web-based trading platform to their small to medium sized suppliers, who often find it difficult to justify the significant investment required in buying and supporting their own bespoke trading platform.

About Nisa-Todays

Nisa-Today's is the UK's leading member-owned organisation, providing benefits to independent retailers and wholesalers in food and drink markets. The group has a 1.075 billion turnover, employs over 195 staff at its central office in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire and represents 5,000 retail stores and almost 315 wholesale depots across the UK, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands.

Its commercial objective is to negotiate the lowest cost price of products and provide the most efficient supply chain for its member companies, by strategically using their combined turnover powerbase.

The Group has three warehouses - two temperature-controlled depots in Harlow, Essex and Stoke-on-Trent and a 625,000 sq ft ambient warehouse at its Central Office site in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire.

About Kewill

Kewill plc is a leading provider of global solutions for the dynamic supply network. The dynamic supply network enables enhanced responsiveness to customers through flexible connectivity between partners and systems, providing improved visibility and effective compliance, bridging the gap from a traditional rigid supply chain.

With over 35 years experience in the supply chain space, Kewill is a long-time innovator of software focusing on business integration, order management, transportation management, international trade logistics, service logistics and visibility solutions for global trading communities.

Kewill has implemented over 40,000 systems worldwide and our global customer base which entrusts us with the management of their supply networks includes Allianz, A.N. Deringer, Atlantic Forwarding, Baltrans Logistics, BHS, DHL, DSV, FedEx, General Electric, General Motors, Glasgow City Council, JD Williams, Shop Direct Group, Mazda, Mitsubishi, MMA, Nintendo, Nisa Todays, Legal & General, Panalpina, Philips, Pratt & Whitney, Sainsburys, Texas Instruments, TNT,  Towergate Insurance, UPS.

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