Quality Supply Chain Co-op (QSCC), which oversees the supply chain for more than 6,100 Wendy’s restaurants in North America, has expanded its use of SciQuest’s Advanced Sourcing Optimizer (ASO).
A SciQuest customer since 2011, QSCC now uses SciQuest’s ASO to automate the e-sourcing process for more than 30 percent of the company’s spend. With its new commitment to SciQuest, QSCC expects to see that rise to more than 60 percent.
In a statement SciQuest said QSCC is committed to conducting e-sourcing events that are innovative, efficient, and produce value and cost savings, all of which are deliverable with SciQuest’s ASO platform.
“The solution was initially implemented to manage complex requests for proposals (RFPs) for food products. Later QSCC turned to SciQuest to manage e-sourcing across categories including ingredients, transportation and distribution services, disposables and packaging, contract services, and kitchen equipment,” said company officials.
SciQuest’s ASO enables QSCC to conduct sourcing events with an unlimited number of items and bid elements, allowing the company to aggregate spending across thousands of individual restaurants to generate more-competitive bidding and reduce costs.
Additionally, SciQuest’s expressive bidding approach, which allows users to engage in a creative and collaborative bidding process, enables suppliers to provide more strategic and competitive bids. The ability to collect and evaluate each supplier’s capacity to meet the demand across the supply chain has allowed QSCC to ensure supply chain continuity.
QSCC continues to look for ways to improve the e-sourcing process by developing better, more- efficient sourcing events and by leveraging components and enhancements of the ASO platform.
The not-for-profit organization is expanding its use of the ASO platform into categories such as building materials, restaurant equipment, and contract services.
With the ability of SciQuest’s ASO to create complex cost models, QSCC is exploring a new approach to currency exchange rates within its North American sourcing events.
The organization is also exploring ways to harness the platform’s capabilities in ways not directly related to e-sourcing. One approach is to use the RFI capabilities of the platform to collect information and data from its stakeholders.
“Given the size, scale and complexity of Wendy’s supply chain and the company’s unwavering commitment to quality, they need the best tools in the industry to ensure that their supply chain supports their high standards,” said Stephen Wiehe, CEO, SciQuest.