John Lewis joins Waitrose in Itim partnership

John Lewis is now rolling out retail solutions company Itim's invoice matching engine across its business, it was announced this week.

The move comes after the department store chain's sister company Waitrose, which together form the John Lewis Partnership (JLP), successfully implemented Itim's Didos solution last year.

Didos will replace four systems currently used by JLP for goods for resale invoice matching, which have been active since the mid-1990s and have processed millions of invoices over the years. They are run on a technology that is no longer supported and is reportedly expensive to maintain.

Simon Fulford, project lead analyst at Partnership Services, the business services division of JLP, said: "The rollout of our 3,500 Waitrose suppliers was extremely successful last year and we are now in a position to migrate our John Lewis suppliers to the new system.

"We have been piloting a small number of John Lewis suppliers over the last three months and have processed a large number of their invoices through the system over this short period."

He also suggested that the technology has brought a significant reduction in the time the retailer spends processing invoices.

"Using Didos will translate quickly into bottom line benefits across all areas of the John Lewis Partnership," Fulford added.