Zonal’s online purchase to pay platform, Acquire, has successfully processed £2 billion worth of orders since its launch four years ago.
With 3,100 sites across the UK now using the software to manage their purchasing and stock management, over 3.1 million orders have been received since 2016, with 1.6 million in the past year alone, equating to an Acquire order processed every 2 seconds.
One of the key trends emerging from the Acquire data shows how operators are increasingly using this smart and highly insightful purchasing to pay technology to not only manage costs but minimise waste by removing the risk of over ordering.
Hoburne Group – a leading holiday park operator – was one of the first Acquire customers and since joining in February 2016 has achieved cost savings across the group of more than 11 per cent from managing its orders more efficiently.
Ben Dalton, group retail manager at Hoburne Group, said: “Acquire has streamlined our stock controls and purchasing so we are far more efficient as a business. We have greater control of our suppliers and full visibility of what we are buying and selling so we can purchase more effectively, reducing both costs and waste. The fact that Acquire is an end to end, integrated solution means we also benefit from a single, real-time view of our entire supply chain – from what’s in stock, what’s on its way and how much we need to replenish.”
Operators also have access to more than 900 suppliers of every size – from small artisan producers to large national wholesalers. With a variety of interfaces and integration options, new suppliers can be boarded quickly and easily regardless of scale and complexity.
Zonal’s director of online commerce, Helen McMillan, said: “Acquire has been very well received by our customers, which range from leisure businesses such as Hoburne to small, medium and large scale restaurant, pub and hotel operators. They all value its agility and the fact they can tightly control costs through its integration with menu management, stocks and finance.”