Retailer Gets Collaborative

Meijer selects QRS solution to automate information exchange with suppliers

Richmond, CA  November 12, 2002  Retailer Meijer Inc. is set to use a solution from QRS to enable electronic communication and the exchange of critical business information with its suppliers.

Meijer operates 156 grocery and general merchandise stores across the Midwest and has more than 5,000 trading partners from all sectors of retail. The company will use QRS Exchange to electronically collaborate and transact with thousands of its suppliers.

By implementing Exchange, suppliers of any size and any technology infrastructure can select their preferred communications method, whether it is traditional electronic data interchange (EDI) over a value-added network (VAN), EDI over the Internet (EDI-INT/AS1/AS2), Web forms or fax e-mail, among other options.

Suppliers using any of these methods are able to comply with Meijer's specific communications requirements without having to invest in multiple technologies to support multiple trading partners' requirements, according to QRS.

Meijer's goals for the system include strengthening its supplier partnerships through enhanced inventory management and collaborative execution across its trading community.