February 13, 2002, 12:00 AM

7-Eleven moves its supply chain to the web

7-Eleven announced today that it has selected webMethods Inc.’s integration platform to automate its supply chain in an effort to bring its many small suppliers into an electronic supply chain.

Kurt Peters

Executive Editor

 

Convenience store chain 7-Eleven Inc. is taking its supply chain to the web. 7-Eleven announced today that it has selected webMethods Inc.’s integration platform to automate its supply chain in an effort to bring its many small suppliers into an electronic supply chain. 7-Eleven will buy IT services from EDS to help implement the procedure.

7-Eleven does business with 1,700 suppliers who provide merchandise to 5,300 7-Eleven stores in the U.S.

7-Eleven says one of the key reasons it selected the webMethods integration platform was the robust and scalable architecture. Once the integration backbone is deployed, 7-Eleven will be able to streamline other key business processes by leveraging the webMethods integration platform, the company says.

"We view the webMethods integration platform as a primary infrastructure piece for 7-Eleven," said Keith Morrow, vice president of information systems for 7-Eleven. "It is central to our strategy to improve business processes, provide real-time analytics and integrate disparate IT systems. We believe that webMethods` robust technology and their firm commitment to our success will be a winning combination for 7-Eleven."

WebMethods says suppliers will benefit from the system by bypassing EDI upgrades and translation costs.

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