Superdrug, a prominent name in the realm of health and beauty, represents a dynamic and accessible hub for a diverse array of wellness and personal care products. Since its inception, Superdrug has evolved into a beloved retail destination, known for its extensive selection of cosmetics, skincare, healthcare essentials, and more. With a focus on affordability and innovation, Superdrug caters to a wide range of individuals seeking quality products that enhance both their appearance and well-being.
Electronic data interchange (EDI) is being used by many multinational retailers, particularly those with extensive supply chains, like Superdrug, to streamline their operations and boost productivity throughout their whole corporate ecosystem. This means that you must comply with Superdrug’s EDI requirements to conduct business with them. Read this article for everything you’ll need to be EDI compliant and set up to supply Superdrug.
Superdrug’s Onboarding Process
Superdrug is a brand of the A.S. Watson Group, therefore to get your products on the shelves of Superdrug, you need to become one of their suppliers. A.S. Watson has a simple, five-step process to approve someone as their supplier. Their registration process is as follows:
• Vendor’s E-Registration
• A.S. Watson Pre-Selection
• Submission of Vendor’s Data
• A.S. Watson Commercial Selection
• A.S. Watson Quality Assurance (QA) Approved
If you haven’t yet, take a deeper look at Watson Group’s registration process.
Upon the approval of your supplier relationship with Superdrug and the confirmation of the message types for exchange, they will provide you with a package of information that includes your Supplier ID. Please ensure you keep this to hand as it will aid in our onboarding process.
Our Onboarding Process
We offer you the choice between two robust and reliable EDI solutions: Netix One or Netix Flow. Both these solutions significantly simplify the transmission and reception of EDI documents.
For those embarking on their EDI journey, particularly small businesses looking for a straightforward connection with their trading partners, Netix One is the ideal fit. It’s an intuitive web-based solution designed to meet your needs. On the other hand, Netix Flow takes your capabilities a step further by seamlessly integrating with your existing ERP, e-commerce, inventory, or WMS systems. This integration eliminates manual input and automates crucial tasks. Once you decide on the best-suited solution for your company’s requirements, it’s essential to provide our team with the following information:
• Supplier ID
This data makes it possible for us to quickly establish your method of connection. Unlike other major retailers, Superdrug gives you the option to connect to their network in a range of ways. Either through a Value-Added Network (VAN) mailbox where all of your EDI messages will be exchanged or via a secure AS2 connection. A VAN mailbox is ideal for managing lots of customers that have a low order volume, whereas an AS2 is better for those who have a higher order value but a smaller number of customers.
Superdrug trade using Tradacoms To exchange EDI messages through both the VAN mailbox and the AS2 connector, you must embrace the Tradacoms standard. However, due to the expertise we possess, we can translate EDI messages into any format that is most compatible with the way your organisation functions.
The common message types we set up to trade with Superdrug:
• Purchase Orders
Similar to our other trading partners, we employ pre-configured maps to facilitate the EDI onboarding procedure, ensuring a seamless and effortless experience. This enables you to begin trading with Superdrug promptly. These pre-built maps specifically designed for Superdrug allow for a portion of your connection to be already established and ready for integration with your solution.
Configuring your EDI solution
Once we receive all the required information, our project team will kick off the testing phase. In this stage, our installation experts will collaborate closely with Superdrug’s EDI team to thoroughly test the messages that will be exchanged via your Netix system. Our dedicated team will handle both the installation process and testing procedures, ensuring meticulous setup and seamless functionality. This meticulous preparation guarantees a smooth transition when your system goes live, providing you with a confident start.
Training on the Netix platform
Our dedication to your business’s success is unwavering. Prior to your connection’s launch, we will organise comprehensive training sessions for all your team members who will be utilising Netix. These tailored classes are carefully crafted to ensure your staff gains a thorough understanding of the platform, cultivating a high level of comfort and proficiency. By equipping your team with the necessary skills, we aim to empower them to fully harness Netix’s capabilities and unlock its immense potential.
Start trading with Superdrug via EDI!
Upon successful completion of testing and training, we will schedule your ‘Go Live’ date. At this juncture, your setup will be finalised, and all necessary components will be in place, enabling you to commence trading seamlessly with Superdrug through EDI.
Benefits of using any Netix system with Superdrug:
• Attain EDI compliance to facilitate the exchange of essential messages with Superdrug.
• Reduce manual data entry, leading to time savings and diminished error risks.
• Guarantee punctual payments via expedited transaction processing.
• Expand your connectivity by effortlessly adding extra trading partners to the unified solution.
Why You Should Choose Cegedim e-business
Understanding the potential complexities of EDI, we are dedicated to simplifying your digital trading experience. Throughout the process, a seasoned Netix expert will be by your side, prioritising your interests and your company’s success. With their insights, we’ll guide you through the essential steps to swiftly and effortlessly onboard for EDI trading with Superdrug.
Our pricing strategy is designed for scalability and future readiness. As your business evolves and expands, your EDI needs will naturally evolve too, and our pricing structure is flexible enough to accommodate these changes. Over the past year, we’ve observed many industry leaders adjusting their EDI requirements, be it changes in standards or the need for additional document exchanges like ASNs . With our pricing approach, you won’t have to bear the extra development costs of overhauling your entire connection. This ensures a more economical solution for you.
When you’re prepared to embark on your EDI journey with Superdrug, we’re here to provide expert guidance and tailor-made solutions tailored to your unique business needs.
Reach out today and let’s embark on this transformative journey together. Enquire about connecting to Superdrug via EDI today!