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ASSA ABLOY Sicherheitstechnik GmbH

ASSA ABLOY Sicherheitstechnik GmbH is an international manufacturer and supplier of mechanical and electromechanical security solutions (brands include effeff, IKON and KESO). The company relies on Netfira’s e-procurement solution for automating its operational procurement. Around 300 leading suppliers were quickly and straightforwardly onboarded using the innovative Netfira supplier app. The result was a considerable reduction in manual workload. The plan is for all of ASSA ABLOY’s document flows to be digitalised in this way.
‘Our suppliers were immediately enthusiastic. Their workload now is far less than it was previously – some of them even want to introduce Netfira’s solution into their operations so they can help onboard their suppliers with the app, as well’, says Wolfgang Härle, Procurement Manager for the Germany, Austria, and Switzerland region at ASSA ABLOY. Their in-house IT department is also happy with the solution. The reason? As advertised, supplier integration via a standard interface posed no issues at all.

Situation:

The German subsidiaries of one of the world’s leaders in intelligent locking and security technology had previously been processing all of their transactions within procurement manually. Although purchase orders were issued directly from within their ERP systems (INFOR/Ratioplan, and Microsoft Dynamics/Axapta), subsequent processing of acknowledgements, delivery notes, and invoices was not automated. With several hundred suppliers and more than 70,000 purchase order transactions annually, this created a tremendous amount of work, overloading procurement staff but also frequently leading to input errors and recording delays.

Solution:

We implemented the Netfira Enterprise Buyer procurement solution at ASSA ABLOY to automate operational processes and various Netfira connectivity solutions for fast supplier onboarding (Netfira App, Netfira Client, Netfira Portal, Netfira E-Mail Connector). ASSA ABLOY was able to connect the Netfira software to the existing ERP systems themselves in a matter of days.

Outcomes in brief:

  • Automatic recording and verification of invoices
  • Complete support for existing processes within procurement
  • Simplification of the procurement process for suppliers
  • Error reduction due to automatic data entry
  • Automatic execution of approx. 70,000 transactions per year
  • Rapid supplier onboarding (10 to 12 suppliers connected daily on average)
  • A high rate of supplier acceptance

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