Food / Beverage

Software applications that streamline and automate business processes throughout the supply chain to improve planning, optimise inventory levels, reduce costs, and respond quickly to changes in customer and supplier demand.

CSfD and Bidvest 3663 in partnership to develop ‘industry standard’ software

A software designer and foodservice provider have teamed-up to develop a ‘state of the art’ management software package that will improve distribution and customer service in the wider supply chain industry.

08-Jan-2015
CSfD and Bidvest 3663 in partnership to develop ‘industry standard’ software
A software designer and foodservice provider have teamed-up to develop a ‘state of the art’ management software package that will improve distribution and customer service in the wider supply chain industry.

Specialist management software company CSfD has announced it is working in partnership with Bidvest 3663 to develop its Pentelon product suite.

Pentelon delivers fast and efficient order processing, purchasing, warehouse management and inventory control. The two businesses believe that it will become the new industry standard software as a result of the joint development project.

The partnership builds on an existing relationship between the two organisations and follows the purchase in August 2014 of a 20% stake in CSfD by BFS Group, the parent company of Bidvest 3663.

The deal is part of an on-going investment strategy in facilities and support services across Bidvest 3663, which makes over 50,000 deliveries a week from 24 depots, and five support centres across the UK.

The partnership will allow CSfD to develop and test the Pentelon software in a controlled commercial environment in order to accelerate the delivery of the best version of the system. The software will remain commercially available for other wholesale and distribution businesses to meet their specific requirements.

CSfD CEO Peter van der Merwe said: “This partnership has created the ideal environment in which to develop Pentelon with one of the most demanding wholesale operations in the UK. The outcome will be a proven software solution that we believe will be widely adopted across the industry.

“Through this partnership, Bidvest 3663 and other future users will benefit from the insights gained which will remove many of the risks normally associated with creating a bespoke version of the alternative off-the-shelf packages that are on the market.”


Abigail Brierley, Group IT Director of Bidvest 3663 said: “This partnership is part of our on-going investment to ensure we continue to deliver the best products and value to our customers as efficiently as possible.

“We have been working successfully with CSfD for a number of years and recognised that the time was right to create a closer relationship that would help both businesses to grow.


She added: “Not only will we benefit from being able to develop the software to meet our requirements, as this technology is being developed alongside our current core processes we will be able to introduce enhancements in a staged and controlled way without affecting customer service.”

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