Cabela's Automates its Supply Chain with Community Enablement, Hosted EDI

Direct retailer to use order management models, UPC catalogs to enable electronic transactions with 2,000 suppliers

Minneapolis — May 24, 2005 — Cabela's, the nation's largest direct marketer and a leading specialty retailer of hunting, fishing, camping and related outdoor merchandise, said it will electronically integrate its supplier community and automate its supply chain using SPS Commerce's Community Enablement and hosted electronic data interchange (EDI) services.

"With our catalog, Internet and destination retail store business continuing to grow, we knew it was time to automate information exchange with our vendors within our supply chain to streamline receiving, inventory management and logistics processes, improve visibility and ultimately improve customer service," said Brian Linneman, Cabela's chief operating officer.

Linneman said Cabela's selected SPS Commerce for its ability to help retailers implement each vendor to electronically trade purchase transaction data. In addition, he said his company liked that SPS's technology supports the requirements of each of Cabela's fulfillment models, including items fulfilled through its centralized distribution centers directly to the stores, and even orders shipped directly from the vendor to the consumer.

SPS' Community Enablement campaign will enable up to 2,000 vendors to conduct electronic transactions with Cabela's in 2005. The program includes three distinct order management models, including Ship to Consumer, Ship to Store and Ship to DC, with the potential to add additional models in the future.

Cabela's suppliers may use SPS' Testing Service to certify their existing solution, or they can choose to employ SPS Commerce's hosted EDI services.