Our client is a manufacturer, marketer and distributor of bread, small goods, dairy products, margarine, oil, dressings and various food ingredients. Their lead product offering is supported by a large scale distribution network that enables delivery of the company’s products with a limited shelf-life to over 30,000 outlets every day including supermarkets, route outlets and food service customers.

Reducing costs, eliminating waste of goods, achieving efficiencies and ensuring the data around sales and distribution is more readily available, have become key focus areas for the organisation.

To help reduce wastage and costs incurred by returned goods, improve short term forecasts and order accuracy and provide better control of supply chain management processes, Analytics8 worked closely alongside the supply chain management team to develop a reporting solution based on SAP BusinessObjects and SAP BW.

This solution contributed to a significant reduction of waste and shifted the analysts’ focus from generating reports to analysing data and uncovering hidden trends. An additional benefit from the development of the reporting package was improved data quality, more consistent definitions of KPIs and reduced manual processing of data and reports.