June 7th, 2011 – Guildford, UK Kewill (LSE: KWL), a leading provider of solutions that simplify global trade and logistics, today announced it has signed a multi-year contract with WaverleyTBS, the independent drinks supplier, to fully manage and support electronic communications with its network of trading partners following its recent acquisition by Mansfield Partners from Heineken UK.
Kewill, which already manages Heineken UK’s electronic data interchange (EDI) requirements on a fully outsourced basis, will deliver a hosted and managed service to enable the electronic transaction of commercial documents such as orders, invoices and advance shipping notes, between WaverleyTBS and its UK customers and trading partners.
The Kewill MessageBroker solution will provide WaverleyTBS with partner connectivity and data transformation functionality and will be fully integrated with the company’s SAP enterprise system, facilitating efficient and cost-effective straight-through processing of data.
The solution will allow complete flexibility for future expansion of WaverleyTBS’ EDI trading community, including additional partners and new message formats. Under the terms of the agreement, Kewill will manage the migration of trading partners from their existing system and the future on-boarding of new partners as well as providing full operational management and support of the software.
John Calverley, Program Manager at WaverleyTBS, comments: “We have been impressed with the simplicity and flexibility of the Kewill solution already in use by Heineken UK, along with the quality of the service delivered, and are confident that Kewill will provide us with an excellent trading platform that will support WaverleyTBS’ business ambitions and assist us in consolidating our position as the UK's leading specialist drinks wholesaler."
Jacquie Boast, Chief Operating Officer EMEA at Kewill added “Kewill’s wealth of industry experience, in particular the successful management of Heineken UK’s ecommerce requirements, made us the natural partner for WaverleyTBS. This major contract for the provision of fully managed EDI services for a key supplier to the drinks sector, demonstrates the increasing strength of our position in the UK business integration market and the confidence placed in us by our customers.”
The UK's leading independent drinks supplier, providing expertise throughout all drinks sectors. "We pride ourselves on our commitment to provide industry leading category-led drinks solutions for our customers that drive sustainable profit through a superior understanding of their market, their consumers and their business needs.”
About Kewill plc
Kewill delivers solutions that simplify global trade and logistics.
Global businesses face ever increasing complexity across their supply chains including decisions on sourcing, customs, compliance, transportation, storage, finance, visibility and connectivity. Inefficiency in any of these areas will lead to supply chain delays and result in increased costs. Kewill has a suite of software solutions that significantly simplify the management of the most complex global supply chains for enterprises and logistics service providers.
With experience in global trade management and logistics since 1972, and over 600 employees worldwide, Kewill is a long-time innovator of solutions for manufacturers, distributors, retailers, freight forwarders, transport companies, customs brokers, 3PL’s and 4PL’s, as well as other related institutions involved in financing and underwriting global trade such as banks and insurance providers.
Kewill’s solutions are in daily use by more than 40,000 users worldwide and our global customer base which entrusts us with the management of their supply networks includes divisions of Bayer, Caterpillar, DHL, FedEx, Ford, General Electric, General Motors, H.J. Heinz, Kimberly-Clark, Kraft, Levi Strauss, Mazda, Nestlé, Nike, Palm, Procter & Gamble, Smith & Nephew, Sony, TNT, Unilever, UPS, Vodafone, Yamaha, Xerox.