Waitrose has selected retail software specialist Aldata in a bid to optimise replenishment and supplier ordering for its six warehouses across the UK.
The software is expected to go live in time for Christmas 2010, with its legacy systems being progressively replaced over a two year period.
Waitrose recently reported a 10.2 per cent increase in sales and is set to diversify its business model by expanding its online shopping business and opening smaller format convenience stores.
Liz Gemmill, head of supply chain at Waitrose, said: “With the growth we’ve enjoyed across the business and the ambitious plans we have for the next few years we knew we had to overhaul our supply chain IT systems in readiness for the future.
“We chose Aldata because it had the best solution for warehouse replenishment, but also because the modularity of the system gives us clear options for extending its uses across the whole supply chain when the time is right for Waitrose.”