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Microsoft Business Solutions partners Aston Business Solutions, Columbus IT Partner, and eBECS have signed am agreement with Esselte, the global office supplies manufacture, to implement Microsoft Business Solutions – Axapta (Microsoft Axapta) across four continents – Europe, the Amercias, and Asia-Pacific. As part of a global growth initiative that includes improving efficiencies, Esselte plans to consolidate 18 different Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and more than nine different warehouse management systems into one business solution. Microsoft Axapta will support 3,000 concurrent users in their daily work.

Burns e-Commerce Solutions says Office World, the stationery, office supplies and furniture superstore group has adopted the Burns’ Business Exchange (beX) service to maximise supply chain efficiencies with its trading partners. Office World operates 55 store throughout the UK and provides a one-stop-shop for the home office and small business sector. The company has a trading community of almost 200 suppliers and during normal trading conditions processes approximately 25,000 purchase orders per annum from its range of 7,000 product lines. As part of an overall three-year strategic corporate plan to aggressively develop Office World’s UK business, the company has initiated a number of programmes to drive the business forward with optimisation of its supply chain being a key part of this. In collaboration with suppliers.

Four more high profile DIY companies in the past month have put their faith in the advanced Access-to-Retail supply chain solution. Stuart & McIntosh, Hozelock, Kalon and Bulk Hardware are the latest companies to sign contracts which will make them part of the facility which provides a direct supply chain communications link between manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers. The Access-to-Retail system overcomes the pitfalls which have been generated by the proliferation of websites which have emerged in every industry.

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