Ariba, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARBA), the world's business commerce network, today
announced that Simply Market, the French brand group of Auchan
supermarket stores, will leverage cloud-based solutions from b-process,
an Ariba company, to streamline its eInvoicing process.
"The benefits of eInvoicing are widely acknowledged within Groupe Auchan
and the retail industry," said Philippe Le Goff, Directeur des Services
Comptable et Financier at Simply Market. "Using b-process' solution
will significantly enhance the exchanges of invoices between our
suppliers and our salespoints, and the productivity gains we expect to
generate will create substantial value for both our suppliers and
Ariba's b-process delivers a flexible set of cloud-based solutions for e-Invoicing that are used by companies across industries, including: EADS, Eurocopter, Gefco, IATA, Marmara, Saint-Gobain and Vinci Energie. The solutions accept invoices in any type of structured format files, including positional, EDI, XML and PDF, allowing buyers and suppliers to quickly and easily connect to Ariba's b-process network and begin processing invoices immediately, regardless of the AP, ERP, or other back office systems they are using.
Using the offerings, Simply Market aims to automate the exchange of more than 1 million invoices for inbound merchandise sent by more than 3,000 suppliers to Simply Markets warehouses and 269 salespoints.
"Our goal is to convert 50 percent of these invoices into electronic format within six months and reach 85 percent within 18 months," Le Goff said.
With nearly one third of its suppliers already using billManager, b-process' platform, to exchange data with Auchan or other retail companies, Le Goff believes these objectives should be easy to achieve.
"When it comes to improving the efficiency of the invoice process, French retailers are leading the way," said Alexis Renard, PDG de b-process et Vice-Président d'Ariba. "By implementing Ariba's b-process solutions, Simply Market can reduce the paper, time and costs associated with manual invoicing and deliver efficiencies and savings that improve its operations and competitive advantage."