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Retail Collaboration Suite

STAY WIRED WITH YOUR SUPPLIERS

Data synchronization has been identified as a key opportunity for retailers to improve their operations, whether it's through more accurate data or improvements in speed to market for new products and promotions.

Consultants from well respected global management consultant firms such as, AT Kearney and Capgemini have identified significant business opportunities for retailers wanting to stay ahead of the competition.

Retailers that employ best practices in this business area, including standardized data alignment between their business processes and those of their suppliers, will leverage both top and bottom line business benefits.

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The Retail Collaboration Suite is the communication and collaboration application of our Merchandising Business Suite that allows information exchange with suppliers. It consists of a 3-fold Information management structure that handles all information to be integrated with legacy systems.

This Portal is used as a data recipient allowing GDS and Global Sourcing through GDSN, using EAN.net, UCC.net and is ready for future GS1 standards.


It allows information construction, by integrating added information depending on retailer's needs. Finally, it is used as an internal information resource for Product Information Management via the Master Information Suite through the retailer's firewall.

“Merchandising Business Suite MANAGES ALL THE COMMUNICATION PROCESSES
NEEDED BETWEEN RETAILER AND SUPPLIERS.”

EMBEDDED SOLUTIONS
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  • ibs Datasync
    • ibs Datasync is the access door to worldwide sourcing (international, national and local). ibs Datasync is not only 100% compatible with all marketplaces, GDSN, EAN.net and UCC.net standards, but also integrates one-to-one protocols for suppliers that are not compliant with such standards. ibs DataSync allows the retailer to pre-list suppliers and integrate them at the disposal of Buyers and Category Managers for possible negotiation.


  • ibs Rfx
    • ibs Rfx - “ Request for Exchange Supplier Collaboration - handles RFI processes, enabling the buyer to issue RFI's (Request for Information) and send them to suppliers, enabling them to filter product offers by qualitative criteria through diverse validation processes. It, consequently, may be configured according to needs (sourcing offices, laboratory, samples management, private label department, etc.), ensuring quality and transactional transparency.

    • ibs Rfx also handles RFQ (Request for Quotation) processes (RFQ issued by the buyer, offers made by the suppliers) that collect cost information on listed or non-listed products in a transparent and traceable manner.

    • E-Auctions: ibs Rfx is prepared to handle electronic bidding, end-to-end, from set-up to full post analysis and dynamic follow-ups.


  • ibs Rsx
    • ibs Rsx - Retail Service Exchange - enables the retailer to create and communicate tailor-made reports to one supplier at a time and in all formats (xls, xml, flat file, pdf, etc.). Any kind of information may be transmitted to suppliers depending on the kind of agreed subscription (financial, logistics, marketing, sales, operational, etc.).

When paired with Soft Solutions' Master Information Suite, the industry's most comprehensive retail information solution, it completes the internal information synchronization process by automatically updating the retailer's master information database, thus providing a full Master Information Management solution.


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