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Technology

Ongoing investment to improve our business

18%* Proportion of Group revenue from e-commerce activities 

We are continually investing in technology to improve the customer experience, retain existing customers and win new ones. Technology investments are aimed at improving execution and efficiency in all areas of our business from warehousing, fleet, inventory and customer relationship management to back-office human resources, financial management and reporting systems.

We have a clearly defined technology strategy and roadmap. This provides a clear route forward for the development of our order and transaction management systems. We continue to implement strategic investments which will mean we have many order capture channels that feed into one fulfilment and transaction platform connected through cloud-based systems. We will connect all our systems and processes across the whole business and have one view of our customers, products, suppliers and inventory. Our aim is to provide a seamless experience for our customers no matter what sales order channel they use so that they can engage with us in the most convenient way for them. Our associates will spend less time processing orders and more time interacting with our customers, enhancing productivity, customer service and relationships. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic we have experienced high demand from customers for online channels as they seek to continue to run their business.

*Number updated to reflect sale of UK business in January 2021.