Bel/Kaukauna Turns to Hosted EDI Service

Cheese-maker uses SPS Commerce solution to electronically trade documents with 42 retail customers

Cheese-maker uses SPS Commerce solution to electronically trade documents with 42 retail customers

St. Paul, MN — September 22, 2004 — Cheese-maker Bel/Kaukauna U.S.A is set to use a hosted electronic data interchange (EDI) solution from SPS Commerce to electronically trade documents with 42 of its retail customers.

Wisconsin-based Bel/Kaukauna is a leading supplier of cheese snacks, including Kaukauna Cheese and Merkts, as well as Mexican dips and condiments. Bel/Kaukauna is the American subsidiary of Fromageries Bel, a worldwide marketer and manufacturer of branded cheeses, with headquarters in Paris, France.

The company will use SPS' service offerings to enable its staff to electronically communicate order, inventory and shipping information using EDI with 42 trading partners in the grocery industry.

Recipients of this information will include such major retailers as Albertsons, Associated Wholesaler, Costco, Kroger, Safeway and Winn Dixie. In addition, this information will be integrated directly into Bel/Kaukauna's internal accounting and inventory solutions.

SPS said that its hosted service eliminates the time and expense of implementing an in-house EDI solution and enables suppliers to more rapidly comply with customers' requirements, while maintaining focus on the marketing and production of their products.

"Bel/Kaukauna U.S.A.'s focus is on selling its cheese products in North America," said Paul LeMere, information systems manager at the company. "By using an Internet-based service for EDI compliance with our trading partners, we can more fully engage our resources towards this primary objective."

LeMere said that when surveying the offerings in the marketplace, SPS' suite of service, experience and low cost of ownership made them the most attractive alternative to an internal system. "We are pleased to be teaming with them to connect to our many retail customers," LeMere concluded.

Archie Black, CEO of SPS Commerce, said that the solution provider's suite of services is designed to aid mid-size manufacturers and distributors in complying with their retail customers' communication requirements. "We understand our customers' need to focus on their core business," Black said.