Standardizing processes across new Asian markets
In 2008, Stassen withdrew from the Scottish & Newcastle group and the company was reclaimed by the family shareholder. Today, Stassen employs 90 staff, a turnover of 33 million euros and a production volume of approximately 33 million litres.
Struggling with complexity
After Stassen withdrew from the Scottish & Newcastle group, they had to make a choice. The company had two options. They could either continue with an existing system based on SAP, Oracle-and AS/400, update to a newer version, or move to a completely new system. Philippe Robert, former ICT manager and recently promoted to Finance Director at Stassen, explains:
“Oracle was a heavy, expensive solution for an SME such as Stassen, and because of the complexity of the system, one single key user who knew the module through and through for each function domain was inevitable. No one else had an overview of the whole system.”
Enabled growth by simplifying the processes
Drink-IT enables Stassen to pursue its ambitious growth strategy in Asia by standardizing and optimizing the company's processes across financial management, reporting, invoicing and stock management. In addition, Drink-IT has optimized Stassen's purchasing processes within the company's service department as well as its production processes.
“Drink-IT helps us to carry out cost price management. This enables us to compare the real cost of a production order with budgeted costs," says Philippe Robert.
With Drink-IT, management reporting became easy for Stassen across their activities as both a manufacturer and bottler of its own brand, and a bottler for third parties. The cider company has got a real-time overview of the turnover and the volume sold, both in terms of the previous year as well as in terms of budget so that it can segment them per region, country, customer, marque, taste, content.
Furthermore, Drink-IT has given Stassen a perfect overview of the volumes bottled for third parties, enabling them to align customers' needs with the available production capacity.
"On top of that, we implemented Drink-IT in only 8 weeks, because we wanted to go live from the very start of a new financial year. The time limit was quite a challenge, but we did it! That´s pretty amazing," Philippe Robert says.
Stassen's Drink-IT solution was implemented in two phases. In phase one, Stassen implemented the financial management, invoicing and stock management modules. After going live with these modules, Stassen continued the project by implementing Drink-IT's purchasing module, production module and OLAP cubes.
“We saw a demo of Drink-IT, and after that, I just knew that Drink-IT would be our next ERP-solution - it's easy to use, flexible, and enables us to grow our business,” says Philippe Robert.