Foodstuffs South Island to Replace Legacy Applications with Market Leading Retail Solution from SAP

Leading New Zealand Retailer Selects SAP Best Practices To Support Financial, Wholesale and Distribution Processes

Auckland, New ZealandSAP New Zealand today announced that Foodstuffs (South Island) Limited (FSSI) has selected SAP to support financial, wholesale and retail business processes on a single, integrated enterprise platform. The combination of mySAP™ ERP with SAP for Retail, SAP’s Best Practice retail solution, is designed to enable improvements in inventory management control and visibility, as well as enhanced merchandising agility for pricing and promotions.

The implementation will see FSSI transition away from its existing J.D. Edwards legacy applications for financial management, under the terms of SAP Safe Passage. Commenting on the agreement, Phil Wright, General Manager Information Technology, Foodstuffs (South Island) Limited, said, “Our current IT landscape for wholesale and retail is mainly supported by in-house systems that have been developed over a number of years in conjunction with a J.D. Edwards financial solution that has been in place for 15 years.”

“A strategic review identified that we required more integrated data across our organisation, and a fully integrated ERP platform was the best option. The SAP solution suite will allow us to optimise business processes and leverage industry specific capabilities, which are designed to lead to greater business benefits and IT support benefits. This strategy is intended to deliver full supply chain visibility, improve our ability to collaborate with suppliers and improve the information systems that support our owner/operators.”

FSSI considered a range of software solutions, including integrated ERP providers and specialist retail software packages. SAP was selected on the basis of its superior retail business capabilities, global retail industry thought leadership, SAP Best Practice implementation accelerators and a successful track record in the Australian and New Zealand retail industry. SAP supplies industry specific software to a number of leading retail players in the region.

“We are delighted to welcome FSSI to SAP’s rapidly expanding local customer base,” said Ian Black, Managing Director, SAP New Zealand. “Following such a detailed evaluation, the decision to select SAP represents an endorsement of the leadership position our retail solutions have achieved. We look forward to delivering real value to FSSI through a long term business relationship.”

FSSI, part of the Foodstuffs Group, owns more than 55% of the grocery retail market in New Zealand’s South Island. The company operates more than 350 stores under the New World, PAK’n Save, Four Square and On the Spot banners.