Kerry Foods Simplifies Complex Supply Chain via GXS Managed Services

Sunbury, United Kingdom – March 15, 2011 GXS™, a leading provider of business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce solutions, and Kerry Foods, part of the Kerry Group, announced that Kerry Foods has selected GXS Managed Services to simplify, manage and run a complex B2B supply chain. The company states that GXS Managed Services will improve support as customers diversify in terms of technology and standards, encourage ease-of-adoption among Kerry’s supplier base, and improve the trading network’s security and disaster recovery. Kerry Foods believes that GXS Managed Services expertise and capability will deliver the potential to integrate new trading partners more quickly and easily, as and when the company makes acquisitions.

Kerry Foods is a category leader in chilled foods, including added-value dairy, meat & savoury products, supplying all major supermarket groups, convenience stores and independent retailers in the UK and Ireland with leading brands including Cheestrings, Richmond and Wall’s sausages. The company is the number one UK frozen ready meals supplier and the number two UK chilled ready meals supplier. Speed of order turnaround is critical to their success, with customers typically sending final electronic order confirmations just a few hours before products are loaded onto trailers.

Use of third-party logistics suppliers adds to the complexity of a B2B trading platform that processes an average of 30,000 orders and 150,000 invoices each month with 200 customers. Kerry Foods’ customers include major multiples such as Tesco, Asda, J.Sainsbury, Morrisons and Marks & Spencer. Kerry Foods is a long-standing customer of GXS; GXS enables Kerry Foods to react to ongoing customer requirements for increased supply chain efficiencies, as evidenced by recent and escalating interest in using Advanced Shipping Notices (ASNs) and, now, sending radio frequency identification (RFID) data within ASNs via electronic data interchange (EDI).

“GXS Managed Services allows us to farm out specific areas of technical expertise and effort and all the associated headaches to GXS,” said Peter Johnson, senior business analyst responsible for Kerry Foods customer supply chain systems. ”Without GXS, we could have accomplished this ourselves, but our relatively small team would have been completely consumed in this effort for a considerable period of time. With GXS, we have been able to focus our time and energy on strategy, not the leg-work. As a business, we are firmly of the view that smart deployment of technology and automation can deliver competitive advantage, and GXS Managed Services is no exception.”

A project in process last year was to EDI enable suppliers based in Ireland. Kerry Foods and GXS both immediately recognised the opportunity to utilise GXS’ on boarding and community management capabilities to quickly and painlessly move these trading partners to the Kerry Foods B2B trading infrastructure. As part of the project, GXS took on all aspects of this integration challenge, including the consultation, individual requirements and the enablement of each of the new trading partners.

According to Peter Johnson there are additional benefits that GXS Managed Services brings to Kerry Foods including technology diversification, ease-of-adoption and disaster recovery capabilities for its B2B trading environment. “It means that as customers push us into technologies such as Secure FTP and AS2, we have easy and ready access to expertise in these areas, without the need to maintain those skills in-house. Another benefit for us is in the area of disaster recovery, which has historically occupied a huge amount of our time and attention, reflecting the huge importance of e-trading to our business. GXS has the resource and scale as well as the technical know-how to take our disaster recovery planning and execution to the next level.”

“The Kerry Group has grown organically and through a series of strategic acquisitions in its relatively short history and increasingly, the successful companies are those that are expert at managing all aspects of an acquisition quickly and cost-effectively,” commented Jon Keating, vice-president of GXS EMEA. “Following an acquisition, a company typically wants to get its newly integrated business and IT infrastructure up and running as quickly as possible. GXS Managed Services is a powerfully effective way to ensure this goal for B2B e-commerce, putting in place the technical skills and business know-how to ensure that trading partners are swiftly integrated, with minimal disruptions to the business.”

GXS Managed Services, underpinned by GXS Trading Grid®, our world leading B2B Integration cloud computing platform, provides companies with the people, processes and technologies necessary to maintain complex B2B e-commerce programs. With B2B outsourcing from GXS, companies can build and grow B2B networks without making additional investment in hardware, software or human resources. GXS has more than 40 years’ experience in B2B e-commerce as well as 20 years’ experience in supporting full-service B2B outsourcing programs. GXS Managed Services customers represent a variety of industries including consumer products, financial services, high tech, manufacturing and retail. More than 500 companies currently use GXS Managed Services around the world, including BB&T, Henkel, Jaguar Land Rover, Miller Brewing Company, Shinhan Bank, Sun Microsystems and WHSmith. GXS provides customers with world-class B2B program management including trading community management, global supply chain visibility, transaction management, data translation, systems administration and supplier performance reporting.

About Kerry Foods
Kerry Foods is a division of the Kerry Group, a €4.8 billion company that is listed on the London and Dublin stock exchanges. The group is a world leader in food ingredients and flavours serving the food and beverage industry, and a leading supplier of added value brands and customer branded foods to the Irish and UK markets. Kerry Foods is a category leader in chilled cabinet market segments with brand leaders in the Irish and UK markets. The company has manufacturing facilities throughout Ireland and the UK, and is a supplier to all major supermarket groups, convenience stores and independent retailers.

About GXS
GXS is the world’s leading provider of B2B e-commerce solutions. The company’s software and services simplify and enhance how networks of businesses integrate business processes and collabourate among trading partners. Organisations worldwide, including more than 75 percent of the Fortune 500, use GXS solutions to extend their supply chain networks, optimise product launches, automate warehouse receiving, manage electronic payments and gain supply chain visibility. Based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, GXS has operations and offices around the world. For more information, see http://www.gxs.co.uk, http://blogs.gxs.com/ and http://twitter.com/gxs.

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