Case study

AFL Groep's middleware solution stimulates rapid growth and scalability

A centrally distributed eCommerce landscape

AFL Groep are based in Noord Brabant, the Netherlands. The retail group has all consumables for logistics under one roof. As many companies deal with warehouses and distribution centers, they have a common understanding of the field of logistics and transport. Having all logistic purchases at one address is their specialty, alongside ensuring quality products, razor sharp prices, expert advice, and personal services. Through their Dutch and Belgian web shops, you can do all your logistics in one place as they act as a total supplier for everything you need from warehouse and delivery.

As AFL support the maintenance of logistics and deliveries of warehouses and distribution centers of companies, it was of the upmost importance that they have a stable and working online environment so that they can service their clients. AFL chose WeProvide as their implementation partner to rebuild their Adobe Magento Commerce webshop for a more seamless online experience as well as a replacement for their previous middleware solution which was shrouded by technical difficulties.

By connecting AFL’s ERP (Kerridge CS Unit 4 wholesale) to their eCommerce platform - Adobe Commerce (Magento), they were able to synchronize orders, shipment, product stock, prices, and supplier information in real time, streamlining their internal processes. Additionally, by connecting their ERP to Optiply (Automated Inventory Management) they were further able to sync supplier products, completed sales orders, product stock, purchase orders and purchase delivery lines from Unit 4 to Optiply. As a result, AFL Groep now have a stable middleware solution that can quickly adapt to the needs of their business.

Endpoints

Adobe Commerce (Magento)

Adobe Magento Commerce is an eCommerce platform built on open source technology which provides online merchants with a flexible shopping cart system, as well as control over the look, content and functionality of their online store. Magento offers powerful marketing, search engine optimization, and catalog-management tools.

Kerridge CS Unit 4 wholesale

Kerridge is a wholesaler distribution software that allows customers to achieve visibility across their whole supply chain, which enhances both maximum product availability and significantly increases in customer serviceability.

Optiply

Optiply is a purchasing algorithm for inventory optimization. Increase product availability, reduce inventory costs and purchase more efficiently.

Optiply

Solution

Alumio's iPaaS is the center of a future-proof IT ecosystem ready for digital growth

Endpoints

Integration Partner

Customer

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“Thanks to our Alumio middleware solution, we are now able to automate many of our day-to-day business processes - as well as automating our inventory management. Additionally, as a logistics competitor we prevent waste by purchasing used pallets that lower CO2 emissions, which can be accredited to our newfound valued ecosystem”.

Why Alumio?

Oversight and control of your IT landscape

The AFL Groep now has a rock solid middleware that is able to quickly adapt to the needs of their business. They now have full control and insight of the data moving between the systems in their IT landscape. Tasks that used to be manually checked and actioned by their staff are now reduced to the bare minimum. Therefore, they now don’t need to rely on their IT supplier to give them the information that is needed to move forward with all business and eCommerce endeavors.

Integrations & possibilities

Scalability for a renewable future

Alumio's integration platform proves itself as a pivotal role to future-proof AFL’s business by building an integration platform that can quickly incorporate new software creating a seamless and streamlined eCommerce platform.

Additionally, AFL use their web shops to reuse and recycle pallets which go hand in hand with delivery and production services. The flammability of these costs and their value affect both the environment and extra costs of businesses. Thus, by giving them to AFL they are used in a recyclable manner that saves the environment and offers compensation to companies and businesses alike who provide AFL with old pallets.

Ready for the future

Building a future-proof infrastructure

The new infrastructure is robust and flexible. Many of the essential data streams already run through the Alumio platform. In the meantime, the ecosystem is becoming increasingly connected and expanding. The foundation is built to introduce new platforms via Alumio. It is this flexible adaptability of Alumio that makes Obelink's IT ecosystem future-proof. Because whatever digital trends you look at: from chatbots to new social platforms and markets, from big data to social media to omnichannel andInternet of Things, everything revolves around data. Everything starts with connecting your data and applications in a smart way with new applications. Data is one of the most valuable assets of a modern company. It deserves a dedicated platform. Having the power to effectively connect new platforms is a huge competitive advantage. Alumio gives Obelink that possibility, so that we connect not only with today's applications, but also with the many that are yet to come.

Why AFL chose Alumio

A summary of reasons and benefits

Full control of data (stock, prices, inventory etc.)

Centralized connections and a robust IT Landscape

Faster time to market

Lowered costs without external parties