Provera France

PROVERA FRANCE – DELIVERS MEASURABLE RESULTS USING SOFT SOLUTIONS’ MERCHANDISING BUSINESS SUITE SOLUTION.

“Having generated significant return on investment to Provera France, the partnership between Louis Delhaize Group and Soft Solutions was recognized at the 2003 Retail Trade Show in Birmingham, UK as the "Retailer/Supplier Partnership of the Year.”

The Louis Delhaize group found itself facing a considerable challenge in their French market, where it had previously shared a purchase center with the Casino group. Provera France was created to manage Louis Delhaize's French activities, which included the purchasing activities supporting the Cora hypermarket; Match supermarket and Ecomax discount brands. The new entity faced the urgent need for significant improvements in their information systems. More specifically, the business required an integrated solution to support vendor negotiation across all of their brands.

Recognizing that the Casino-designed tool used prior to its formation would not meet its new requirements, Provera turned to Soft Solutions. Soft Solutions had previously implemented its comprehensive supply negotiations solution at Provera's Belux and Hungary purchasing centers, and Provera was pleased with the value it delivered to their business.

Consequently, the implementation at Provera France, however, had a very tight timeline for the project. The solution had to be implemented in six months to support the critical September-October supplier negotiation period. In order to meet this very aggressive deadline, Soft Solutions deployed additional trained consultants and tightly managed all aspects of the project. This was all the more remarkable since Provera's very specific business model required Soft Solutions to add a new component, Contract Editor, to its base application. This new functionality is now offered as a standard part within the Merchandising Business Suite solution for clients with similar business requirements.

During the implementation, Provera France realized that it also needed a retail master file for managing item, supplier and price data. The group turned again to Soft Solutions and selected its Master Data Management Suite for the solution.

“WE EXIST IN A BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT THAT REQUIRES SPEED, AND SOFT SOLUTIONS' ABILITY TO REACT TO OUR NEEDS WAS QUITE SATISFACTORY.”

While the time-frame for implementing similar integrated solutions usually takes several years, Provera's objective was to be fully operational within 180 days. Provera France and Soft Solutions mobilized their resources, worked closely together and ultimately meet their objectives.

Today, our data management solution, while preserving the "Single Version of the Truth" is enabling Provera France to support over 6,000 suppliers and their respective price lists, which have grown from 200,000 items to over 300,000 items.



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