AF Blakemore chooses TrueCommerce to deliver managed supplier enablement and portal service


TrueCommerce, a HighJump company, is pleased to announce that AF Blakemore, one of the UK’s largest and most forward-thinking family-owned businesses specialising in retail, wholesale, and distribution has awarded TrueCommerce a major contract to deliver a fully managed service for its entire supplier enablement and e-invoicing functions within the group. AF Blakemore is the largest division of Spar UK, owning 295 Spar stores and serving more than 1,000 in total across England and Wales. The company is also the largest member of the Landmark Wholesale group and a significant supplier to the independent grocery sector across the UK.

“The UK retail landscape calls for increasingly sophisticated systems to manage trading relationships and to deliver critical order to invoice processes in the supply chain, with visibility, control and error prevention being key requirements,” said Michael Latimer, VP sales & marketing, TrueCommerce Europe. “We are delighted that AF Blakemore has selected TrueCommerce’s fully managed outsourced solution. This further shows the reputation and credibility we enjoy in the retail sector.”

The new solution will see TrueCommerce provide a single managed service platform that will deliver full supplier enablement and portal services to all of AF Blakemore’s suppliers. AF Blakemore will benefit from improved operational efficiency of a single service covering its group operations. Suppliers will enjoy streamlined and seamless on-boarding and connectivity, with visibility of their entire order to invoice processes across their trading relationship with AF Blakemore.

“AF Blakemore operates a complex supply chain with a wide range of trading partners who are key to our business operations,” said Simon Loveland, finance director at AFB. “When we were looking for a vendor to help us streamline and optimise our supplier e-invoicing, we chose TrueCommerce due to their credibility in delivering large scale managed service solutions to the retail and grocery sectors.”