b2b French Food Supplier Opens Marketplace for Chefs
Gourming is a marketplace of French food products for professionals and is operated by Groupe Le Duff, a French conglomerate consisting of restaurants and bakeries in Europe and America.
Gourming wants to create a B2B marketplace where its current suppliers will be able to provide their products to restaurants and hotel professionals. They want the marketplace to start in Europe and then expand into the United States and Asia as next steps. The solution must be able to accommodate different variables to comply with food product regulations such as list of ingredients, certificates, product site information, and labels. All of these items must be able to be uploaded onto the solution where it can be maintained and accessed as needed by Gourming. Gourming needs to approve all vendor and product data before authorizing them and such a solution would allow all materials to be submitted and stored in a single source. They needed a solution that was compatible with various types of files including Excel, PDF, Word, PNG, and JPG.
When Gourming started this initiative, they did not have any existing internal tools that was able to match all of their business needs. Their current tools made it impossible for Gourming to handle its own database. They needed a solution that would fit all of their business needs and allow them to review and approval all new vendors.
Gourming decided to use Pimcore as a master database for vendor and product data. New suppliers used Pimcore for vendor account registration, financial information, marketing information, and product creation and submission. The Gourming staff then used Pimcore for vendor review and approbation and for product creation and submission. All documents uploaded in Pimcore are stored in relevant folders and shared with other platforms accordingly. The solution made it very simple for vendors to upload their files which were often very complex and included a huge amount of data. The solution also helped them to avoid losing sensitive data or important documents. All required file types were supported and even large files could be easily uploaded.
Using Pimcore as their solution has allowed Gourming to start initializing their vendor and product ecosystem, until the official marketplace opening. Since December 2015, vendors are able to register by using the Pimcore solution. Since June 2016, product registration has been opened, all through Pimcore again. With the efficiency of Pimcore, Gourming is now on its road for opening the marketplace solution end of 2016.