Foodstuffs announces launch of national product information management project, One Data

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs North Island Ltd and Foodstuffs South Island Ltd are pleased to announce to the grocery industry the launch of a national product information management project. Phil Lemon, General Manager Merchandise, Foodstuffs South Island and Chief Financial Officer and Acting General Manager Merchandise, Foodstuffs North Island believe the project will transform Foodstuffs’ product information management processes.

“Traditionally, the Foodstuffs companies have operated their regional activities independently. Project One Data will create a single source of truth for product data across the Foodstuffs group – nationwide. Although, the project will initially require extra effort by Foodstuffs, our stores, and our vendors, the long term pay off makes it worthwhile,” says Lemon.

The project, One Data, will create a single system and shared team which will be responsible for the companies’ national product information management. The team will ensure that national product master data is clean, up to date, and fit for use across the business. This will lead to;

  • Consistent data nationwide
  • Improved order accuracy
  • Increased visibility of vendor product range as all product data submitted will be retained in the national catalogue
  • Better consumer insights for targeted marketing
  • Support for current and future initiatives

“As with any major change it is understandable that there must also be changes to the business’ processes,” says Lemon. “We are pleased to announce that we will no longer require vendors to submit product changes and new products on the Universal Buying Form (UBF) or Non-bar coded Buying Form (NBF) after 30 June 2016. These documents will cease to exist for Foodstuffs and our stores.”

Instead there will be two options for vendors to keep the business up to date with new products and changes to existing products, these are;

1. Product Flow which is a service offered by GS1 that will provide product information via the National Product Catalogue, as well as bar code and image verification. This is the best option for vendors who have bar coded products and make changes regularly.

2. Data express an interactive online form located within Foodstuffs exchange that will easily step vendors through the data we require to list, purchase and sell products through the entire Foodstuffs group. This option is best for vendors who have non-bar coded products and/or hardly ever make changes to their range.
Stewart points out that the sheer magnitude of this change is significant for Foodstuffs. With over 100,000 products in the combined catalogue, there will be a transition period to complete the data merge and set up the new system with all of these products. To assist this process, Foodstuffs will have a moratorium on product and price changes during July 2016. The moratorium is scheduled to run from 1 July 2016 – 25 July 2016. Price changes should be submitted prior to the moratorium to ensure customers receive any savings in time. After the moratorium, products and changes will only be accepted if they have been submitted first via Product Flow or Data express.

Stewart is looking forward to the new system. “Foodstuffs has a massive range of products, and we know that our current maintenance process is not efficient. We are really looking forward to the new national Product Information Management system and having one team responsible that sets the data quality standard for our business will give both us and our suppliers’ massive benefits in terms of consistency nationwide.”

At this stage lead times to present new products and changes will not change. But in the future, the new process is expected to bring greater efficiency and should allow for a review of these requirements.


Foodstuffs Communications Team
Phone: 0800 376 3342

Source: Foodstuffs

New Zealand: Foodstuffs South Island Ltd won 3 awards at the annual Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)

Foodstuffs South Island Ltd has taken home three prestigious awards at the annual Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) awards dinner held on 21st October 2015.

Christchurch, New Zealand, 2015-11-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Simon Olsen, Inventory Manager Hornby Distribution Centre, was awarded Young Achiever of the Year; and Foodstuffs South Island Ltd was recognised twice for its new Hornby Ambient Distribution Centre, in the ‘Supply Chain Innovation’, and ‘Implementation and Practice’ categories.

John Mullins, General Manager Supply Chain, Foodstuffs South Island Ltd says, “We’re honoured to be recognised by the industry for being leaders in both innovation and sustained excellence.

“Opening the Hornby Ambient Distribution Centre in October 2014 was a significant milestone. Our new high performance and throughput centre is the result of several years of sustained effort and planning from our team.

“The initial project had many facets that had to come together – it involved changes to our internal systems and how we work with suppliers, as well as constructing a state-of-the-art building based on best practice from overseas.”

Mullins confirms that Hornby is the largest food distribution centre in New Zealand, it has 400 staff, distributing half a million cartons of products per week.

The distribution centre has integrated seismic –resistant order fulfilment systems, a range of sustainability features and has improved product speed to market. This means when one of the Foodstuffs network of stores places an order, it’s delivered within one day, and often delivery is the same day of order.

“In opening Hornby, we were able to consolidate three ambient distribution centres into two offering greater capacity and order processing capability. Other key benefits include an improved transport fleet and network efficiencies, a significant reduction in packing waste, increased distribution flexibility and urgent order processing,” adds Mullins.

Between the distribution centres of Hornby and Dunedin, the Foodstuffs South Island supply chain is servicing around 2,000 customers. Previously this involved entirely manual operations, but with the new distribution centre at Hornby automation was introduced for the split case and small bulk items– around 15% of the business’ total order volume.

“The centre benefits our suppliers, retailers and consumers. Our ultimate objective is to increase productivity, improve accuracy and raise service levels to do the very best job we can for our customers,” says Mullins.

“The Distribution Centre has now been in operation for twelve months. This award is a big congratulation to the Foodstuffs team involved in the Distribution Centre opening and the smooth operations achieved since transition.”

At the same awards, Simon Olsen, Inventory Manager Hornby Distribution Centre, was awarded Young Achiever of the Year.

Simon began his career with Foodstuffs as a student working part-time at the Hornby Temperature Controlled Distribution Centre back in 2002. Since then he has worked his way up through numerous roles into the senior position of Inventory Manager at the Hornby Distribution Centre.

Scott Fairweather, Hornby Distribution Centre Manager, nominated Simon for his outstanding leadership and influence.

“We’re extremely lucky to have Simon in our business. He has been a pivotal member of the team involved in transforming the wholesale operations distribution and enabling a seamless transition of suppliers and members into the new Distribution Centre.”

“Under his leadership, the inventory team have increased productivity, reduced warehouse damages and improved inventory verification resulting in greater order accuracy to our retail members. Simon leads by example – he doesn’t shy away from rolling his sleeves up and getting involved,” says Scott.
John Mullins emphasises that the CILT awards recognise the hard work of all the Foodstuffs staff involved in the distribution centre operations, but particularly those involved in the project management, transition from the older Papanui distribution centre, and the operations of the new Hornby Centre.

Award for Implementation and Practice (Sponsor: Cubic Transport)
Winner: Foodstuffs South Island (Ltd)
Award for Supply Chain Innovation (Sponsor: Dexion New Zealand)
Winner: Foodstuffs South Island (Ltd)
Young Achiever of the Year (Sponsor: CILT NZ)
Winner: Simon Olsen, Inventory Manager Hornby Distribution Centre, FSSI

Foodstuffs South Island Ltd
167 Main North Road
Papanui, Private Bag 4705
Phone: +64 3 353 8700
Fax: +64 3 353 8190
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New Zealand: Foodstuffs South Island Ltd won 3 awards at the annual Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)

New Zealand: Foodstuffs South Island Ltd won 3 awards at the annual Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)