"This transaction is the latest step in A&P's strategic transformation, which began approximately 18 months ago in 2005 with the successful sale of A&P Canada and its U.S. executive leadership change," says Haub.
PepsiAmericas To Deploy GXS Managed Services
PepsiAmericas has selected GXS Managed Services to power its next generation business-to-business strategy.
GXS, Gaithersburg, MD, is providing a outsourcing solution that can support the bottler's current and future B2B requirements. Through GXS Managed Services, Minneapolis-based PepsiAmericas will be able to provide improved service to its retail customer base and will be able to respond more quickly to new business opportunities.
PepsiAmericas selected the GXS B2B outsourcing solution because of GXS' ability to support retailers' preferred e-commerce standards and protocols. Through GXS, PepsiAmericas can communicate with larger retailers using multiple Internet-based protocols such as AS2 and FTP, as well as with smaller retailers via e-mail, electronic data interchange (EDI) or web portals.
PepsiAmericas conducts business with hundreds of retailers that have a wide variety of B2B processes and capabilities, ranging from fully automated B2B integration platforms to manual processes such as telephone and fax.
With e-commerce- enabled partners, the bottler exchanges a variety of transaction types including purchase orders, invoices and electronic payments. GXS will maintain PepsiAmericas' existing e-commerce program and will enable the company to expand its electronic trading network to additional retail customers, product suppliers, logistics providers, financial institutions and brand owners.
GXS also will assist PepsiAmericas in adding new transaction types, such as advanced ship notices, price catalog entries, product movement and item/price synchronization. By selecting GXS Managed Services, PepsiAmericas will be able to easily support this expansion while entrusting the management of its B2B e-commerce network to GXS.
"The selection of GXS Managed Services is a key component of our multi- year initiative to transform our B2B order processing capabilities," says David Van Volkenburg, director of business solutions at PepsiAmericas.
"In the past, we treated our B2B transaction processing simply as a necessary function of our business. We realized we could drive revenue and reduce costs by deploying a more efficient and advanced solution, as well as provide new offerings to our customers such as item/price synchronization and advanced ship notice.
"We now view our new B2B network as a tool for growth and opportunity, all while improving and adding new services to our customer base. Thus far, we are pleased and impressed with the solution GXS is deploying and ultimately, we expect GXS Managed Services to be a major asset to our business and to that of our customers."
Many of the smaller retailers that sell Pepsi products have limited IT staffs and B2B capabilities. To aid them in supporting B2B e-commerce transactions and to ensure orders for Pepsi products are filled as quickly as possible, PepsiAmericas will be using GXS Intelligent Web Forms to create a Web portal for use by these retailers.
Penn Traffic Gets A Supply Chain Tune-Up
The Penn Traffic Co. has selected One Network's Multi-Enterprise Retail Network to manage transportation and supply chain operations.
The Syracuse, NY-based supermarket retailer says the One Network solution will be able to dynamically optimize, monitor and execute its supply chain across the company and its partners.
"A key factor in selecting One Network was that its transportation and appointment scheduling solution was not a stand-alone solution, but an integrated supply chain solution that ties together our transportation, replenishment and distribution operations," says Tim Cipiti, Penn Traffic's vice president of distribution and manufacturing.
"With One Network, we receive a complete network-based supply chain solution that connects our employees, supply chain partners, DCs, stores and processes," says Cipiti.