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Retail

ARCUS® has been designed and evolved by working with organisations in the retail sector. This has helped us to address some of the major pain points professionals face across multiple departments, including procurement, sustainability, supply chain and technical, when sourcing suppliers and products to meet existing and future needs, whilst delivering proven reassurance of reliability and ease of deployment for Chief Technology Officers / IT professionals.

Our proprietary, cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) ARCUS® platform is fast to deploy, simple to use and is delivered in a modular format that can be used in any combination or stand-alone. The central document database removes the need for disparate, stand-alone systems. All the information is stored in the central database which enables all stakeholders and relevant professionals to access the data at any time (based on company driven access levels) and removes silos of information. ARCUS® is used by multiple departments across the globe in some of the largest organisations in the world, such as Sodexo, Morrisons, JD Sport, Card Factory, Pizza Hut, Dominos and Costa and can be integrated into internal systems as required.

Why ARCUS®?

  • ARCUS® availability: The up-time figure for 2019 was 99.98%.
  • Trade Interchange holds an ISO 27001 accredited Information Security Management System.
  • Agile development process minimising the risk of failure and significant downtime.
  • Full visibility across sourcing, supplier relationships and products in a single platform developed using a single codebase.
  • Integration with key industry and internal systems using our native API (ARCUS® Connect).
  • Modules can be implemented as a standalone solution or in any order or combination.

Confidence in supplier management for Chief Technology Officers / IT professionals in the Retail industry

ARCUS® supplier management software, hosted in the cloud by Trade Interchange, has been proven to work in the retail sector, and delivers supply base confidence for the companies such as Morrisons, JD Sport, and Card Factory through a streamlined solution.

Platform Availability

The availability of ARCUS® is measured minute-by-minute and the resulting figures are used to provide an uptime percentage. The uptime figure for 2019 was 99.98% which met our availability guarantee of 99.9%.

Information Security

Our ISO 27001 accredited Information Security Management System ensures that all elements relating to Data Security, Availability and Integrity are covered, especially in relation to our customers’ data and the services we provide.

The system is audited by SGS, a UKAS accredited auditor. We have held the ISO 27001 accreditation since 2013. The scope of our ISO 27001 compliant Information Security Management System includes our Agile development methodologies. This includes version control, testing, risk assessments and peer review in line with strict coding standards. Trade Interchange and our hosting partner both operate within GDPR framework, and the ARCUS® platform is GDPR compliant.

Agile Development

We deploy an Agile development process which results in incremental upgrades to the ARCUS® platform every six weeks. This approach minimises the risk of failure and significant downtime often associated with major releases. The upgrades and changes are applied at a platform level, ensuring all customers receive the updates and there are no standalone platforms in use which may run the risk of becoming outdated. This allows us to regularly update the platform with features that add value for our customers.

We utilise feedback from our customers, particularly around the challenges they face. This drives the development of the features we add, providing maximum value. Our customers welcome this approach as they benefit from a quicker return on investment (ROI).

Single Codebase

All ARCUS® modules have been developed in-house and use a single codebase. We do not re-package external modules. ARCUS® provides a complete end-to-end supplier management solution for the retail sector.

API Integrations

ARCUS® Connect, our native API, allows integration with other solutions, ensuring all information can be automatically shared across systems – eliminating the need to re-key data. Data can be transferred in both directions between your current internal and external systems and ARCUS®. Examples of integrations include DocuSign, Microsoft Active Directory, Google Maps, NAVEX Global, and ERP systems including SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft Dynamics. More details can be found on our integrations page.

End-to-end Solution

The ARCUS® platform includes eight individual modules that can be implemented standalone, in any combination or in any order that can be categorised into three separate families; ARCUS® Source, ARCUS® Supply and ARCUS® Product.

ARCUS® Source

The ARCUS® Source family gives procurement professionals confidence in supplier selection, negotiation and the management of all their strategic sourcing projects.

ARCUS® Source ensures all goods are sourced from suppliers who have proven they can meet a company’s needs while also achieving the best market value for goods and having a full overview of current and future procurement projects.

ARCUS® Supply

The ARCUS® Supply family enables collaboration between multiple departments, confirming supplier compliance with government legislation, industry standards and company policies while also helping to manage all supplier and contract information as well as evaluating supplier performance.

ARCUS® Supply manages the lifecycle of all suppliers and the collection and verification of their information and documents, streamlining activities such as supplier on-boarding, contract, rebate, and performance management.

ARCUS® Product

The ARCUS® Product family enables stakeholders to manage and efficiently collect and maintain critical product information.

ARCUS® Product allows suppliers to enter and upload product data enabling users to easily validate and approve products using custom workflows. This information is effortlessly shared between departments and is used as the central database for product specifications and during all stages of new product development.

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ARCUS® SIM

ARCUS® SIM is a central platform for collecting, storing and managing supplier data, that helps reduce the risk to brand and ensure supplier compliance.

ARCUS® SCM

ARCUS® SCM centralises contract data, standardises processes and automates tasks to improve the efficiency of managing, approving and renewing contracts.

ARCUS® SPM

ARCUS® SPM is an advanced scorecard that allows users to track and evaluate the performance of suppliers against corporate SLAs and KPIs, helping to identify risk and non-compliance and maximise supplier value.

ARCUS® SSM

ARCUS® SSM maps the various stages of your current or planned strategic purchasing processes, improving efficiency, increasing visibility, reducing bottlenecks and ensuring best practice.

ARCUS® eRFX

ARCUS® eRFX is an online tendering tool used to pre-qualify current or potential suppliers, ensuring selected suppliers are qualified and able to deliver the necessary products or services.

ARCUS® eAUC

Using ARCUS® eAUC suppliers are invited to online negotiations using the auction type best suited to the business’s needs or goals, achieving best market value without comprising on quality.

ARCUS® PIM

ARCUS® PIM automates the process for collecting detailed information about supplier products, while providing a shared view and process for all departments. This ensures product data is accurate and approved by all relevant stakeholders.

ARCUS® NPD

ARCUS® NPD centralises new product development information, standardises processes and automates tasks to improve the efficiency of new product development from concept through to sale.

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"We have been using the ARCUS® eRFX module for a number of years, and alongside the impeccable service we receive from Trade Interchange’s eSourcing Consultants, it is now an integral part of Morrisons’ eSourcing strategy."

Rachael Dennis, Procurement Manager, Morrisons

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Case Study

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Morrisons, one of the largest supermarket chains in the United Kingdom, used to run their tenders using a combination of multiple spreadsheets and paper-based systems.

To increase confidence in their tendering process, Morrisons implemented ARCUS® eRFX, a powerful cloud-based tender and quotation solution that gives procurement professionals the ability to easily issue and manage online requests for information, proposals and quotations.

Using the workflow-driven process and close co-ordination with Trade Interchange’s eSourcing Consultants, Morrisons’ procurement department now have full visibility over eRFXs that have been built to meet their specific requirements.