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""Global CPG company

Global CPG company transforms B2B operations and customer service with OpenText Business Network. One of the world’s largest and fastest growing consumer goods companies leverages OpenText to optimize supply chain operations and reduce costs



  • The need to consolidate aging and disparate B2B integration point solutions
  • Managing an increasingly global and complex B2B environment
  • Improve customer visibility into order status inquiries to reduce internal workload


  • Achieved a managed, optimized end-to-end supply chain solution

  • Improved customer satisfaction with a mobile order status app

  • Managed 95% of EDI orders through the OpenText™ Business Network


While the company is focused on its contributions to society, it must also ensure the profitability, agility and growth of the business. To achieve operational efficiencies and reduce costs, the company consolidated its aging, disparate B2B point solutions using OpenText™ B2B Managed Services, part of the OpenText™ Business Network portfolio. It then improved customer service efficiencies with an innovative mobile order status app, also built on the OpenText platform.

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This is the lifeline to the business. OpenText provides ultra-high availability to support mission critical business functions.

B2B Integration Manager
Global CPG company

Improving supply chain operations with OpenText B2B Managed Services

Several years ago, the company faced an increasingly geographically dispersed and complex B2B environment made up of fragmented business networks and solutions from approximately 20 providers. To address this, the company replaced its home-grown solution for global EDI (electronic data interchange) and partnered with OpenText for a standardized, end-to-end solution that centralized business information exchange for the thousands of retailers, suppliers and other business partners.

The company’s B2B integration manager with the supply chain customer service team explained: “We needed to look for a partner and that search ended up with OpenText. We realized that they were exactly the partner we were looking for. OpenText is uniquely able to keep stride with our pace of change with regards to innovation and transformation for B2B and associated services. OpenText also has a truly global footprint and operates in all the major markets that we are positioned in.”

B2B Managed Services performs daily activities, such as mapping, testing and onboarding to establish connectivity with partners, including customers, distributors, suppliers, logistics providers and financial institutions, with the entire solution hosted in the OpenText integration cloud. The global CPG now has one of the most advanced and integrated B2B platforms in the industry, performing billions of transactions globally.

OpenText manages approximately 95 percent of the global CPG’s EDI orders, offering the company several important benefits, including reduced costs and increased efficiencies associated with the consolidation of its previously fragmented B2B technology.

Within a few months, we had thousands of sales reps trying to get their hands on the app. It simplified their work in terms of helping customers.

B2B Integration Manager
Global CPG company

“This is the lifeline to the business. OpenText provides ultrahigh availability to support mission critical business functions. If the service failed, it would have a huge impact on our business. That’s why we work together with OpenText to make sure that both services and support work at all times,” said the company’s B2B integration manager.

The company also recognizes the benefits of global customer and trading community support around the clock, including transaction and systems monitoring, exception management and incident management. The B2B integration manager noted, “We have three hubs in Asia, Europe and America. We use what is called ‘follow the sun’ support—24 hours a day it provides support for all the application processes. In fact, we have a number of markets, especially in Europe, actually requesting full support from the OpenText side, which means even the business components are being managed by OpenText to reduce the cost on our side.”

Creating an innovative order status application

The company recently turned its attention to another issue, customer inquiries about order status. Customers did not have realtime visibility into the status of their orders, and the tracing and tracking order process was manual. It has more than 30 unique ERP instances and no single view into the back-end ERP system. As a result, customer support and field sales were spending a great deal of time trying to track down information manually.

The company sought a solution that would offer visibility into order-based transactions and improve day-to-day engagement and collaboration with the trading partner community. According to the B2B integration manager, “Our goal was to reduce the support costs related to responding to these inquiries, as well as provide a better solution to the customer in terms of availability of their order data. Originally, we envisioned this as a basic EDI component, but then we realized that we needed to go a little bit further. OpenText stepped in and suggested that they could help us with that.”

Using the Business Network platform, the company worked with OpenText to develop an application that offered realtime visibility into order status, accessible via smartphone, tablet or desktop. Quick and easy to set up, users have full visibility into every order from SAP, whether they were placed by phone, fax, email, online customer portal or EDI. The app also provides information related to changes in quantity and delivery times, while allowing filtering by status and other criteria.

Improved efficiency, transparency and information flow

The simple yet innovative app has improved customer satisfaction and reduced manual workload and related inefficiencies. It provides a single view into ERP information, enabling the company to run like a single business without requiring a massive ERP overhaul. The global CPG can now meet customer expectations—full visibility of order status without having to chase sales or customer service for answers. In addition, the manual efforts of sales and customer service has been greatly reduced.

“Within a few months, we had thousands of sales reps trying to get their hands on the app. It simplified their work in terms of helping customers. For reps in the field, the connection to the SAP system can sometimes be so slow that they can’t do anything for hours. With this app, they can access every order for a particular customer within seconds. It has really made an impact from their perspective,” explained the B2B integration manager.

The company’s small and medium-sized customers were also quick to adopt the free application, which requires very little underlying technology. The solution now supports 8,000 users across 30 countries.

Since the app was deployed, the global CPG has also seen a dramatic drop in the number of customer calls inquiring about the status of orders. “In addition to so many other additional benefits, we can clearly see that it does reduce the calls to customer service about where the order is,” stated the B2B integration manager.

In addition to so many other additional benefits, we can clearly see that it does reduce the calls to customer service about where the order is.

B2B Integration Manager
Global CPG company

Introducing an industry standard

Since the development of the order status app, similar applications have begun to appear in the industry. The company’s customers are now being asked by other suppliers to use their own applications.

As a result, the global CPG again turned to OpenText for assistance in building the app on a multi-tenancy basis to allow other suppliers to use it. The goal is to see the order status app adopted as an industry standard for retailers to engage with suppliers. Traditionally, retailers may have to work through different supplier portals, but with many of the company’s suppliers already connected to the Business Network, other consumer packaged goods companies could leverage the same app to connect with their respective suppliers.

OpenText and the global CPG are now working to build a group of suppliers in Europe to promote the app as a best practice for order processing. While the company is keen to work with other customers to encourage further adoption of the app, the goal is to drive benefits for the industry as a whole rather than just for itself. “We’re trying to influence others to come on board with us in this. If you are a customer of ours, or any other big supplier, you can now use the same application. This is an important innovation that, together with OpenText, we brought into the market,” concluded the B2B integration manager.

Looking to a future of continued innovation, the global CPG is working with OpenText on other initiatives, including an executive dashboard for operational insight into the B2B Managed Services platform.

About Global CPG company


Founded more than 100 years ago, this Global Consumer Packaged Goods Company (Global CPG) has become one of the world’s largest food and beverage companies.

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