Beans, rice, and popcorn.
Look through any kitchen across the United States, and you’re bound to come across one, if not all, of those items. They are cupboard and pantry staples.
And Trinidad Benham Corp. has been providing those staples since 1917. The Denver-based merchandising, packaging, trading, and distribution company does private-label packaging for the items mentioned above and gourmet soup mixes as well as food contact products such as aluminum foil, plastic wrap, parchment papers, and wax papers.
But the in-demand company could no longer live with its costly VAN to manage growing EDI processes. On average, Trinidad Benham exchanges 150 documents a day, 750 a week, and nearly 40,000 a year across multiple food service distributors throughout the country as well its own packaging and processing plants in California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Texas.
Its complex and extensive supply chain was in serious need of a single-platform MFT and data transformation solution to support its increasing data flows. Understanding first-hand how difficult B2B-led integration is, Trinidad Benham was looking for a true partner to help guide it through the process of bringing EDI in house.
“We already develop custom software for our business needs so it only made sense to look for an integrated solution that would grow with us,” said Tim Hagan, director of information technology at Trinidad Benham.
And what Trinidad Benham found was Cleo. After initially deploying Cleo VLTrader® to take better control integration and quickly onboard new customers, Trinidad Benham upgraded to the Cleo Integration Suite. The depth of CIS as well as the knowledge and responsiveness of Cleo support was evident early in the implementation process.
“The Cleo Integration Suite has provided us multiple tools to allow easy B2B communications with our customers and vendors,” Hagan said.
With Cleo Harmony® as its AS2 platform, the company easily connects to trading partners and quickly exchanges EDI documents. And with Cleo Clarify®, it now has more efficient data transformation and mapping. Both solutions have cut Trinidad Benham’s data mapping time in half, allowing it to be more responsive to customers’ needs.
What started with a conversation led to a renewed partnership and deeper trust in Cleo. And now, Cleo is a staple that Trinidad Benham can’t live without.