Drakes Supermarkets announced in May 2018 that they were parting company with longtime distribution partner, Metcash.
Drakes are building a $80 million Grocery Distribution Centre with state-of the-art robotics in South Australia’s northern suburb of Edinburgh North.
After searching the globe, Drakes selected Portalink to be one of their key software partners. Portalink will provide a network of supplier portals and an automation bridge for all product data, promotions and transactions.
Portalink enables all stakeholders - EDI and non-EDI - to have the convenience of a single portal solution for all business information and transactions, creating a better user experience for Drakes vendors.
Deep integration of the Portalink system with EDI partner, SPS Commerce and ERP provider, Infor enables all orders, acknowledgements, despatch advices, invoices, product uploads and promotional data to be processed between Drakes and its 1,000 EDI and non-EDI suppliers.
In 1974 Roger Drake purchased his first supermarket, A three-laned store named Jack & Jill’s which employed only four staff.
Today, Drakes Supermarkets is the largest independent grocery retailer in Australia and specialises in supermarket retailing. Operating in over 60 stores across South Australia and Queensland, the company now has an annual turnover in excess of $1 billion and employs over 5,500 staff nationally.
About the project, Drakes General Manager Bob Soang said “This is a major investment in the sustainable future of Drakes Supermarkets in South Australia, It’s also a long-term investment and vote of confidence in our loyal customers and suppliers.” .
“As a local family-owned business we are pleased to create so many jobs in the northern suburbs of Adelaide which have faced many challenges in recent years. It will be the most advanced independent distribution and logistics centre in the State and is a key plank of our group’s vertical integration strategy within the supermarket sector.”