Intermarché optimizes collaboration with its suppliers with Trace One
Trace One, the leader in e-collaborative solutions for private label products, has announced a partnership with Intermarché, a major French retailer, and part of Les Mousquetaires group, for implementing a collaborative online portal designed for complete management of its private label products.
The Trace One SaaS portal allows Intermarché to manage all upstream and downstream processes for its products including: management of tracking from initial tender to product end-of-life, through selection, panel management, audits, and development of the product specification.
With the platform, the retailer rationalises and reinforces its offering in private label products increasing its productivity at the same time. “Our objective is to share our information more rapidly with our suppliers and reduce the administrative load for everyone in the process,”declares Thierry Cotillard, the Intermarché Director responsible for the food offering.
With 12,500 manufacturers and more than 40,000 product specifications around the world, the e-collaborative platform from Trace One constitutes a genuine ecosystem for retail, a decisive factor in Intermarché’s choice.
“We were particularly appreciative of the community of suppliers already connected to Trace One and of the principle of private workspaces, which allow each supplier to share exchanges with multiple retailers across Europe”, continues Thierry Cotillard. “For us, this is a guarantee of quality and speed in information exchanges with our suppliers.”
This means that more than 4,500 food and household product references will be managed on the Trace One platform every year for Intermarché, thus improving the quality of information and the visibility on these projects, while substantially reducing time often wasted between each participant with traditional email and telephone communications. As a result, Intermarché projects a significant reduction in the overall development time for its products.
“With about a hundred private label brands which are increasingly popular with consumers, Intermarché is one of the principal retailers of private label products in France”, comments Jérôme Malavoy, CEO and founder of Trace One. “We are delighted and proud of the confidence that it has shown us in selecting our solution”.
After the initial implementation of the module for managing product specifications for all private label suppliers of Intermarché and Netto, three further phases are scheduled over the year:management of online product packaging development, administration of the process for tenders to work collaboratively with suppliers, and finally complete management of its approach to product quality (audits, panels, complaints, etc.).
ABOUT LES MOUSQUETAIRES
With more than 3500 outlets in Europe and a turnover of 37 billion euros in 2011, Les Mousquetaires group is a major player in retail. Created in France in 1969, the Group founded on private initiative today brings more than 3000 independent entrepreneurs and 130 000 collaborators together. Les Mousquetaires are also present in Portugal, Belgium, Poland, and the Balkans. Its brands are: Intermarché, Netto, Bricomarché, Brico Cash, Roady and Poivre Rouge. Les Mousquetaires group puts consumers at the heart of their concerns by providing them with the best possible products at the best possible prices.
ABOUT TRACE ONE
Trace One and Agentrics PLM merged in January 2012 to become a global leader in collaborative solutions for the private label industry. Our mission is to drive food and non-food product innovation, support brand protection, and accelerate time-to-market for retailers, manufacturers and food service companies.
The group is committed to enabling collaborative processes between retailers and manufacturers thereby optimizing the sourcing, tendering, launching and development of consumer goods, while controlling product information and ensuring product and food safety. This not only supports the protection of brands, but also maximizes profitability and competitiveness throughout the product lifecycle management process.
The solutions provided by Trace One - Agentrics PLM are used by over 30 leading retailers worldwide, including 12 of the top 25, as well as 12,500 manufacturers in over 110 countries.
Trace One has a global presence in 14 countries (Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, UK and USA).