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SACO implements SAP

Saudi retailer to utilise SAP software solutions as it plans GCC expansion

Saudi-based hardware retailer SACO has implemented SAP's ERP solutions across its 20 stores.
Saudi-based hardware retailer SACO has implemented SAP's ERP solutions across its 20 stores.

Saudi hardware retailer and wholesaler SACO is set to roll out SAP solutions to help it improve the efficiency of its business.

The company has 20 stores in 12 cities across the Kingdom, carrying 45,000 different products and employing 1,500 people. SACO will initially deploy a complete suite of ERP, Customer Relationship Planning and Business Analytics solutions, designed to dramatically enhance SACO's ability to make decisions in real-time while slashing inefficiency across the company.

The software is designed to enhance alignment with its main supplier, US-based ACE Hardware, which already runs on SAP.

"SACO's success over the years is entirely down to an unerring focus on what our customers want," said Samir Al-Hamidi, CEO, SACO. "As we expand our operations and seek to become ever more innovative, it is crucial that we embrace the latest IT technology and never, at any point, compromise on the customer experience. In this vital respect, SAP is the right company at the right time - an exceptional value-added proposition that will yield the full transparency and systemic integration needed to shepherd our company to the next level."

The company is planning an extensive expansion drive across the GCC and the wider region and is likely to implement additional SAP solutions, such as in-memory computing to handle increasingly large and complex data sets, as well as mobile platform capabilities for greater operational flexibility.

"SACO is a true Saudi Arabian business success story and an exemplary game-changer in the Middle East's retail and whole-sale landscape," said Sam Alkharrat, Managing Director, SAP MENA.

"SAP is honoured to help play a role in the company's laudably progressive forward momentum and provide its leadership with the tools and confidence to act decisively when it matters most."