Solus signs deal with the HTA to implement cost-saving Hebe IT system

Garden product distributor Solus has signed a partnership agreement with the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) to progress trading through Hebe (Horticultural Electronic Business Exchange), the web-based trading platform that aims to save the industry administrative costs.

Technology specialist Transalis developed Hebe two years ago to provide a single industry trading platform. 

The system is free to HTA member garden retailers. It enables retailers to order product online using personalised lists agreed with member suppliers and to receive invoices. 

Hebe can be used through direct ordering onto the site or it can be integrated into in-house EPoS and finance systems.

Solus managing director Nick Davies said: "We will be encouraging our customers to use the system which will improve business efficiency through the supply chain - everybody wins."
Following the signing of the agreement the HTA will be piloting trade between Solus and six garden centres, including Frosts, Podington, Woodcote Green and Chessington, for six to eight weeks prior to full roll-out through the customer base.  This pilot will also include trade in HTA's own National Garden Gift Vouchers.

Businesses interested in trading through Hebe should contact HTA business projects manager Alec Turnbull on 0118 930 3132 or email

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