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Comprehensive EDI solutions for SPAR Austria

Electronic goods procurement for SPAR stores runs via EDI service eXite®

30 years’ EDI expertise

As one of the very first members of the “eXite® User Club” established in 1986, SPAR was involved in the development of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) in the Austrian consumer-goods industry from the very beginning, which makes the company one of Austria’s EDI trailblazers. Throughout the years, SPAR has been adapting its EDI infrastructure to market needs and eventually founded its own EDI competence center in Salzburg in 2008. One of the main benefits is that this center brings all multi-process competences physically into one place.

eXite®: a hub for process optimization

SPAR exchanges all logistics-related information with business partners and stores via eXite®, the EDI platform by EDITEL, which translates into a total of 6 million transactions per year with 600 partners.

eXite® has become much more than a tool for traditional procurement of goods processes. This hub is now used as a basis for customized solutions for the optimization of a number of business transactions. Just recently, SPAR started using eXite® for transferring power bills and related consumption data from Spar stores to independent retailers since all energy providers in Austria can be reached via eXite®.

“EDITEL, our EDI service provider of many years, is much more than just a technical partner, but rather a company that assists and supports us with its extensive expertise when it comes to implementing new processes.” Clemens Drexel, director of purchasing organization, SPAR Austria.

Support on many levels

At SPAR, there are many ways of using eXite® and benefitting from its advantages. Among others, SPAR relies on EDI to handle highly complex logistics processes such as VMI and CPFR. In addition, all product data relevant for the EU food information regulation can be exchanged via eXite® in an easy and convenient process. Internationally, EDITEL provides its expertise to EDI operations at SPAR Croatia. EDITEL also supports the sports retailer HERVIS, a fully owned subsidiary of SPAR, in ongoing rollout processes as well as process consulting. The “one-stop shop” approach translates into using a shared EDI platform for a variety of processes and relying on expert consulting services by EDITEL. This gives SPAR an ideal basis for implementing additional innovative solutions in the area of Electronic Data Interchange.

Benefits thanks to EDI at Spar

  • Safe and highly available EDI network
  • A single interface for all business partners
  • Connection to the data network of Austrian Energy Providers (EDA)
  • Automated transmission of information relevant for the food information regulation by GS1
  • Connecting additional business partners is easy, even those abroad
  • Ongoing support and assistance by EDITEL

About SPAR Austria

Established in 1954 by Hans F. Reisch in collaboration with 100 independent merchants in Tyrol, SPAR now has operations throughout Austria and remains a fully family-owned private Austria company. With a total of 3,000 stores in Austria and abroad and 75,000 employees, overall sales at SPAR Austria corporation have reached 13.18 billion euro. In the food retail industry, SPAR has 1,615 locations in Austria and exceeded overall sales of 6 billion euro for the first time in 2015.

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