Weleda – From paper to digital
Weleda was facing requirements from several customers, who were all demanding the implementation of a procedure achieving paper free document flow, but were using different accounting systems and EDI providers
To address this, SCHNEIDER GROUP supported Weleda in implementing Electronic Data Interchange and Electronic Document Interchange.
The first EDI project SCHNEIDER GROUP assisted Weleda with was the implementation of Electronic Data Interchange with one of its clients, a retail chain, at the end of 2014, which comprised of the interchange of Orders and Despatch advices. At the beginning of 2015, SCHNEIDER GROUP helped Weleda in the implementation of Electronic Document Interchange for another of Weleda’s clients, an internet-shop. This procedure, unlike Electronic Data Interchange, enables the electronic signing and sending of VAT invoices and delivery notes using EDI operators certified by the state authorities. We eventually established Electronic Data Interchange between Weleda and a premium-class supermarket chain for four types of EDI messages (Orders, Order responses, Despatch advices, Receiving advices).
After analyzing the possibility of implementing EDI and reengineering the already existing document flow into 1C, we proceeded to the setup of the required IT solutions. We also provided Weleda with training for its employees and all documents required to use the EDI solution, handled the negotiations with EDI providers, and subsequently offered maintenance services.
This project had a profound impact on Weleda’s business: following its implementation, Weleda fulfilled its clients’ requirements of increased productivity and efficiency, and in parallel provided a significant cost saving, decreasing stationery costs and administrative workload.
Founded in 1921 and present in over 50 countries, Weleda manufactures over 1000 pharmaceutical products and 120 natural cosmetic products worldwide. With approximately 2000 employees, Weleda ensures that the highest quality resources go into its products. Of Weleda’s plant-based raw materials, 83% are cultivated in controlled organic and biodynamic environments, or are obtained from controlled wild sources. All Weleda’s products are made from pure natural substances. Weleda enjoys a great business reputation for quality, trust, and a sustainable business development.