Food Lion Joins ONE Retail Network

SALISBURY, N.C. - Food Lion yesterday joined the ONE Retail Network -- an Internet-based supply network with many-to-many connectivity developed by Dallas-based One Network Enterprises, Inc. (ONE).

ONE Retail connects retailers, their suppliers, and transportation partners on a distributed transaction layer with networkwide visibility, on-demand Web applications, and shared business processes. Food Lion will employ the Web-based order execution capabilities of the ONE Retail network, using automated transportation management and "self-serve" appointment scheduling to manage all inbound orders and shipments at its distribution centers.

"We believe sharing the network and standardized processes with all our partners will help us move information faster and streamline operations," said Dennis McCoy, v.p. of distribution at Food Lion.

The ONE Retail network currently serves over one-third of the grocery retail market, including suppliers Kraft and Heinz, grocery retailers Delhaize America (Food Lion, Bloom, Hannaford), Kroger (Ralphs, Dillons, Smith's, King Soopers, Fry's, QFC, City Market, Hilander, Owen's, Jay C, Cala Foods/Bell Markets, Kessel Food Markets, Pay Less, Baker's, Gerbes, Fred Meyer, Fry's Marketplace, Smith's Marketplace, Food 4 Less, Foods Co.), Safeway (Vons, Dominick's, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Genuardi's, Carrs) and Publix; and more than 650 logistics and transportation companies.

Network participants create and share multicompany business processes, and can quickly adapt them in response to changing conditions. Incremental decision support allows partners to resolve issues as they arise in real time, and automatically guides operations toward business objectives.
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