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We are in the early days of this work, but ONSA automation has been a long time coming for our industry and we are thrilled to have you on the journey with us.
Watch this 12-minute video to hear Blacksmith CEO & President, Paul Wietecha, answer your top questions regarding Sysco ONSA automation with Blacksmith.
Question 1: Has Sysco accepted the Blacksmith format for automation? (time in video, 1:41)
Question 2: What is the workflow from the TPM application to the Sysco systems? (time in video, 2:16)
Answer: You will login to TPM, create a contract, follow your normal approval process, and then the new Blacksmith process will automate the extraction of that data to share with Sysco.
Question 3: How often does the process run? (time in video, 3:02)
Answer: Right now, this is a daily process. As we continue to scale and onboard more manufacturers, the process will run more often, someday to real time updates!
Question 4: Does this process include K12 bid agreements? (time in video, 3:48)
Question 5: How does this process account for contracts that are managed between the operator and Sysco?
(time in video, 4:24)
Answer: Operators receive the contract data from the manufacturer, then the operator manages the process with Sysco. We are not automating this process currently, but are planning a pilot to automate in phase 2.
Question 6: How will the new process affect the roles of the broker and manufacturer RSM? (time in video, 5:09)
Answer: It does not change the role. Whatever role the broker or RSM currently plays in TPM will stay the same. ONSA automation eliminates the need for brokers and RSMs to communicate with Sysco.
Question 7: Will this include all Sysco suppliers, even those who are not using a Blacksmith TPM application?
(time in video, 5:46)
Question 8: How will the new automated process affect the ONSA fees? (time in video, 6:46)
Answer: To be determined.
Question 9: What can manufacturers do to prepare? (time in video, 7:35)
Answer: Update and clean up your SUPC schedule, eliminate duplicate contracts, and identify which contacts are managed by the corporate group in Houston.
Watch this conversation between the senior director of commercial services at Sysco, the vice president of revenue management at Tyson, and Blacksmith’s CEO and President, Paul Wietecha, to learn:
“We 100% encourage other manufacturers to automate the ONSA process. This is an industry game-changer. I hate saying that, but it is. It’s a process improvement that benefits manufacturers and Sysco.”