E-Postbrief to become part of Europe's largest corporate network
- SAP integrates E-Postbrief into its business platform using SAP Information Interchange by Crossgate
- Advantages for companies: Optimized processes and reduced costs
- SAP customer EDEKA implements E-Postbrief for data exchange with suppliers starting in August
The EDEKA group is implementing E-Postbrief from Deutsche Post to communicate electronically with their suppliers.
SAP is integrating the SAP Information Interchange by Crossgate solution with the E-Postbrief into its business platform. The move means that Crossgate AG will link more than 40,000 companies worldwide and includes companies such as Audi, BMW, BASF and Continental. The Business-Ready Network enables complete integration between business partners, customers and suppliers who want to exchange process data electronically via digital media in industry-established formats.
The E-Postbrief can be integrated seamlessly into our time-tested, successful solutions portfolio," says Michael Kleinemeier, Regional President DACH , SAP Deutschland AG & Co. KG. The service delivers clear advantages for all business partners: there is no need to scan or type letters and faxes; there is a direct link to the enterprise resource system and up-to-the-minute stock and order quantity information is always available. Michael Kleinemeier: "The results are optimized end-to-end-processes, because this is how communication needs to function."
Efficient ordering and billing processes
The EDEKA group is implementing E-Postbrief from Deutsche Post to communicate electronically with their suppliers. By that solution, EDEKA expects more efficient ordering and billing processes as well as significant cost savings. "With E-Postbrief, we can now reach 100 percent of our suppliers electronically - it represents an enormous advantage for everyone," explains Dr. Reinhard Schütte, Board member at EDEKA AG.
Integrating the E-Postbrief into SAP technology, Deutsche Post aims for an increasing penetration into the B2B sphere. "This strategic partnership has allowed us to secure an infrastructure for additional innovative, profitable business models for our E-Postbrief," says Ralph Wiegand, Member of the Mail Divisional Board of Deutsche Post.
The E-Postbrief will be integrated into the EDEKA group's existing electronic communications platform (B2B). The system is based on SAP's Information Interchange by Crossgate solution. Munich-based Crossgate AG operates one of the leading B2B communications platforms. EDEKA employs the Crossgate B2B service to process activities with their suppliers such as ordering, shipment confirmation and billing electronically.
All communication between EDEKA and their partners is digital
The previous connection to the B2B platform required the retail giant's business partners to have EDI capabilities. The link required technical and organizational investments, which made it an impractical option, particularly for small companies. That meant that the sending and receiving of purchase orders, order confirmations and invoicing continued to be processed via mail and fax in many cases. The E-Postbrief communications platform will now be expanded in an effort to ensure that all communication between EDEKA and their partners is digital.
Now with the new, secure, convenient digital medium, even small suppliers can exchange information and data directly using the EDEKA B2B platform. Connecting to the platform is simple: Suppliers who already have an E-Postbrief address can immediately start processing orders and billing transactions with the EDEKA group electronically. Those who do not yet have an E-Postbrief address can simply register for one on the E-Postbrief customer portal and can start communicating with EDEKA immediately. All of the necessary process forms are provided during the registration process. And E-Postbrief's regular functionality naturally works for all companies, private customers and public authorities.