US retailer Food Lion has joined the ONE Retail network, a system that connects retailers, suppliers and transportation partners on a distributed transaction layer with network-wide visibility.
One Network Enterprises, the provider of the technology, believes that the system can help transform slow-moving supply chains into responsive supply networks, creating efficiencies and cutting down on waste.
Food Lion will employ the web-based order execution capabilities of the ONE Retail network, using automated transportation management and "self-serve" appointment scheduling to manage all inbound orders and shipments into and at its distribution centers.
"We conducted a diligent process of analysis and selection, and chose the network that best meets Food Lion's needs," said Dennis McCoy, vice president of distribution at Food Lion.
"We believe sharing the network and standardised processes with all our partners will help us move information faster and streamline operations."
The ONE Retail network is an internet-based supply network with many-to-many connectivity. It is built on next-generation technology from One Network Enterprises (ONE), delivered in a flexible on-demand model.
Rather than simply accelerating point-to-point data exchange along a traditional linear supply chain, ONE creates a highly distributed supply network where any participant can see and react to what is happening in the end-to-end system.
Beyond visibility, the solution integrates transaction management with execution and real-time planning. Network participants create and share multi-company business processes, and can quickly adapt them in response to changing conditions.
Incremental decision support allows partners to resolve issues as they arise in real-time, and automatically guides operations towards business objectives.
The ONE Retail network currently serves over one third of the grocery retail market, including suppliers Kraft and Heinz, and more than 650 logistics and transportation companies.
Food Lion is a subsidiary of Delhaize America, the US division of Brussels-based Delhaize Group . Food Lion operates more than 1,200 stores, under the Food Lion and Bloom names.