ACH Food Company Signs On With Connell to Add eProcurement Capabilities

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ACH Food Company, a division of Associated British Foods, has signed an agreement with Connell for use of its eProcurement suite, powered by Heiler, to streamline their procurement processes for indirect / MRO and to further optimize their investment in SAP.

Leading organizations such as ACH recognize and have embraced the value of Supplier Relationship Management solutions and specifically completely hosted solutions that generate immediate value and have low start up costs

ACH Food Company, a leading value added edible oils and specialty grocery products company, is currently deploying SAP across its North American locations. Their goal is to enhance visibility into spend, and increase supplier information resulting improved pricing capabilities. Their challenges are how to get clear data that could be migrated into SAP; and, how to optimize their operational procurement process and generate cost savings through better sourcing.

Connell eProcurement, powered by Heiler, was a natural fit. The eProcurement suite includes the market leading Heiler Catalog Manager, Heiler Business Catalog and Heiler Procurement Manager, all SAP certified. This automation streamlines procurement and guarantees cost savings through:
1.    Automation of procurement processes through e-procurement, catalog buying, approval workflows and real time reporting
2.    Supplier and part rationalization through enhanced catalog management and reporting
3.    Guaranteed costs savings through Connell "Right-Sourcing" process leveraging the spend visibility achieved using the e-procurement solution

The Connell eProcurement suite provides mid size and large organizations both process efficiencies through e-procurement and catalog management as well as guaranteed piece price savings based on spend management and strategic sourcing. SAP customers get the additional benefits of having "out of the box" integration by leveraging the SAP complimentary software solution. In fact, in the case of ACH, the spend visibility achieved e-procurement will generate cost savings in the range of 10% to 20% within 6 months of project go live.

"We selected the Connell eProcurement platform because we needed a partner that understood our business, could integrate easily with SAP, could deploy quickly and generate an ROI in year 1" says Richard Thesing, Director of MRO and Capital Procurement at ACH "Both Connell and Heiler have come to the table and proved they are great partners that are willing to do what it takes to help make us successful".

"We are proud to have ACH as a client and even more proud by the fact that our tools are enabling significant efficiencies in their procurement operations," said Randy Briesath, Vice President at Connell. "The advantages of e-procurement are compelling, specifically the cost savings, the ease of implementation and further leveraging SAP for their Enterprise - it really streamlines their overall process."

Heiler, which powers the Connell e-procurement solution, is a complete on demand solution that can be deployed in days and requires minimal IT investment. In addition, it is part of the PSN (Premium Supply Network), one of the leading networks that connect buyers and suppliers.

"Leading organizations such as ACH recognize and have embraced the value of Supplier Relationship Management solutions and specifically completely hosted solutions that generate immediate value and have low start up costs" says Greg Wong, CEO of Heiler Software Corporation. "The Heiler Premium Supplier Network continues to grow and offer exponentially greater value with every new customer providing ongoing benefits to the trading partner community".

ACH Food Company joins a growing number of companies that are partnering with Connell / Heiler to deliver spend management solutions to companies around the world.

About ACH Food Company
ACH has the most significant and diverse edible and specialty food ingredients oils business of any food company in North America. Within its Consumer Products Group, this includes marketing Mazola®, the preeminent brand of corn oil in North America along with Argo, the leading brand of corn starch and Karo®, the leader in corn syrup. In Mexico, ACH now markets the number one healthy brand of cooking of cooking oils, Capullo and also markets the number one Mexican brand of shortening, Inca®. ACH has a strong presence in Puerto Rico and Canada with its branded portfolio. ACH is also the industries leading supplier of store branded cooking oil products and also is a leading supplier of store branded non-dairy creamers and olive oils to leading retailers

About Connell - spend management
Connell, founded in 1994, one of the first procurement service providers in North America, continues to help organizations achieve higher levels of profitability. Connell deploys senior level sourcing experts, with an average of twenty years of sourcing experience. Connell leads with service and is enabled by world-class technology, powered by partner Heiler. For more information on how to spend wisely, visit or call 630-210-7475

About Heiler Software Corporation
Heiler Software Corporation is a leading provider of electronic catalog management systems and content services for eProcurement. Heiler Software offers comprehensive catalog management and content services for buyers and suppliers - all from a single source. The exchange of information between buyers and suppliers and customers must be automated if eProcurement is to meet its objectives of improving efficiency while reducing the cost of products purchased. Premium Content Services from Heiler - together with the company's Premium Product Manager (PPM), Premium Business Catalog (PBC) and Premium Content Manager (PCM) - provide the optimal response to optimizing a customer's investment in B2B eCommerce.


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