For a retailer with an annual turnover of almost 10 billion euro, integration projects are a regular occurrence to improve the contacts between the different retailers of Belgian Colruyt Group and their suppliers. The ability to respond quickly to new demands is crucial. That is why about half of the specialists in the expert department are Solita specialists.
“Everything we do is related to order to cash. It’s about analysis, automation and integration into other systems.” Robbie Van Hoegaerden summarises the activities of the BCom team within Colruyt Group. Behind these two sentences, however, lies an important activity for the retail group that is the Belgian Colruyt Group.
After all, it includes a number of supermarkets (Colruyt Lowest Prices, Spar, Bio-Planet), but also specialised brands such as the Dreamland toy chain and the Bike Republic bicycle store, and even petrol stations (DATS24) and a sustainable energy producer (Eoly). Together good for a turnover of almost 10 billion euro.
“It’s extremely important for a retailer to be able to easily process all information from suppliers, to be able to take the right action and then to store and archive the information in an orderly manner,” the Team Manager of the BCom team continues. “We ‘translate’ all the information that our retailers receive and process it internally so that it’s easily searchable and can be linked to receipts, for example.”