Nieuwegein, January 13, 2010 – International Business Systems (STO: IBS B) the leading business application supplier for wholesale and distribution, announced today that Smeding, one of the largest wholesalers of fruit and vegetables in the Netherlands, has selected IBS Enterprise to help support its growth plans and improve process efficiencies in stock control, purchasing, sales, distribution and warehouse management.
The agreement will include implementing IBS Enterprise, the world’s most advanced business application suite tailored for distribution and wholesale, along with IBS Advanced Warehouse Management, functional modules focused on logistics, goods handling, warehousing, packaging and assembly for the most demanding warehouse environments.
According to Rinie and Sybo Smeding, owners and directors of Smeding, IBS was an obvious choice. “Last year Smeding started looking for new IT business systems to support our tremendous growth. Our existing systems were simply no longer up to the job. For example, a number of our processes were based on inefficient manual paperwork, which resulted in missing stock and other inaccuracies”, they stated. “We decided we needed a fully integrated system that would improve the logistics, control our costs and most importantly dramatically improve our performance to our customers. It became clear during the selection process that IBS Enterprise, and in particular the advanced warehouse management capabilities, would be key to us gaining the insight into our stock and driving the efficiencies we needed.”
Smeding will implement IBS Enterprise and IBS Advanced Warehouse Management. IBS Enterprise streamlines, automates and accelerates all of the critical processes within the distribution supply chain processes that determine success: from inventory planning, purchasing and supplier management through warehouse optimization, value-added services, demand management and returns processing. Along with IBS Advanced Warehouse Management, the full solution will support all the activities in the warehouse, factory floor, front and back office.
“The food industry is a very complex sector in which speed and quality of product play a pivotal role. We understand this, and take pride in focusing our energies to help companies like Smeding achieve Distribution Excellence within their field“, stated Mike Shinya, CEO IBS. “Our market leading application suite, IBS Enterprise, and in particular our Advanced Warehouse Management capabilities, will help Smeding realize the efficiencies and customer service levels for which they strive. We are pleased to now have Smeding as a customer, and look forward to having a long-term and mutually beneficial relationship with such a great company.”
For more information, please contact:
Oskar Ahlberg, Senior Vice President of Communications, IBS AB
Tel: +46-70-244 24 75
International Business Systems (IBS), the leading business application supplier for wholesale and distribution helps companies differentiate themselves on the strength of their distribution operations.
Founded in 1978, IBS has over 30 years of experience in the distribution industries ranging from automotive and electronics to paper, publishing, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage. This deep understanding of distribution models and best practices is embodied within IBS Enterprise, a distribution resource management application suite on which thousands of the world’s most successful companies now rely.
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Smeding Vegetables and Fruit is a nationally operating wholesaler in potatoes, vegetables and fruit, focused on both Food Retail as well as Food Services. Amongst others, Smeding delivers to all Sligro wholesalers in the Netherlands and the EMTE, Golff, Spar and Attent supermarket formulas. Furthermore each week around 7,000 hotel and catering customers profit from the knowledge and quality of Smeding Vegetables and Fruit. The head office is located in Annaparochie. Smeding employs around 250 employees.