Dishing up e-Procurement

American Italian Pasta Co. taps eScout to automate purchasing processes

Lee's Summit, MO — May 20, 2003 — American Italian Pasta Co. has signed up to use a solution from eScout to automate its procurement process from requisition to payment.

Founded in 1988 and based in Kansas City, Mo., AIPC is the largest- and fastest-growing producer and marketer of dry pasta in North America. The company reported 2002 sales of $381 million and has approximately 630 employees.

The three-year agreement with eScout covers the provider's full suite of solutions. AIPC will utilize ProcureScout to generate requisitions and approvals, and ConnectScout to route purchase orders to its selected suppliers.

eScout's said its PayScout solution would allow AIPC to view invoices and receive goods while taking advantage of automated matching, dispute management and invoice approval. AIPC's goal is to use eScout for at least 90 percent of its indirect and direct goods purchasing.

ProcureScout is a requisition and procurement tool that gives buyers centralized control of the procurement process. ConnectScout offers a supplier relationship management (SRM) platform that connects AIPC's purchasing systems to its trading partners. And PayScout is a reconciliation, dispute management and payment application.

"We are confident the eScout suite of purchasing services will bring dramatic savings of time and money to our procurement process," said Tim Webster, chairman and CEO at AIPC. "As our company grows and needs become more complex, we intend to utilize the best technology to simplify our processes. eScout will allow us to do that."

The initial phase of the project will include up to 17 AIPC suppliers. Each of these suppliers will be integrated into its business planning control system (BPCS), AIPC's enterprise resource planning system. This phase will launch in the third quarter of 2003.