Coles Group has tapped SAP to transform its operations across procurement, human resources and other business processes.\nThe supermarket giant is rolling out SAP S\/4HANA, along withSAP AribaandSAP SuccessFactors in order to \u201cgain new insights, streamline and automate its HR and procurement processes and make life increasingly easy for its customers and team members,\u201d SAP said today.\nThe implementation will begin this month.\n\u201cMaking life easier for our customers and team members is a key focus forColes. This partnership with SAP will allow us to innovate more with both groups to ensure we are as efficient as possible across our retail environment,\u201d said Roger Sniezek,Coles\u2019 chief information and digital officer.\nProductivity gains are promised by SAP\u2019s S\/4HANA ERP suite, which the vendor said would remove \u201ccommon obstacles associated with legacy business process systems, such as latency, complex landscapes and manually-driven processes\u201d.\nSAP Aribawill be applied to procurement processes with an aim to improve supplier management, risk management and cost management.\n\u201cIt will deliver greater transparency forColesand its suppliers by digitising and automating invoices and payments and building stronger relationships through automation, network connections and data-driven insights,\u201d SAP said.\nCloud-based human resource management (HR) system SAP SuccessFactors will allow Coles to \u201ceasily manage benefits and payroll, improve employee self-service and ensure compliance\u201d the software-maker said.\n\u201cInvesting in its people, processes and supply chain,Colesis putting a focus on simplifying the experience for its people and customers,\u201d said Damien Bueno, president and managing director, SAP Australia and New Zealand.\n\u201cThe retail industry is focused on continuous innovation and anticipating customer needs. To be successful in this era of change and build for a digital future, it is critical to get your digital business framework right. I look forward to seeing this long-term and strategic partnership withColesgrow as it innovates the experience for its people, suppliers, partners and customers,\u201d Bueno said.\nColes Group has some 115,000 employees across Australia and more than 7000 suppliers. The company operates more than 800 supermarkets and more than 700 Coles Express sites.\nColes\u2019 relationship with SAP goes back more than a decade. In 2007, the company partnered with SAP to restructure its payroll and HR administration systems. The standardisation of the systems onto one SAP installation was, at the time, claimed to be the largest outsourcing project of its kind in Australia.