Coca-Cola in major SCM implementation

Coca-Cola has gone live with the SAP BusinessObjects Supply Chain Performance Management application, which will now be rolled out to its drinks bottlers globally.

The implementation, run by services firm ITC Infotech and SAP Consulting, has been rolled out to multiple users across North America.

The drinks maker said in a statement that it aims to use the software to "effectively align supply chain goals with business goals, providing visibility into end-to-end supply chain processes" that "will help drive process consistency".

Russ Rodal, metrics program manager at Coca-Cola, said, “SAP BusinessObjects Supply Chain Performance Management aligns very well with the guiding principles of our project: focusing on metrics that need little manual intervention, focusing on metrics that help drive process consistency, and focusing on metrics that are in line with industry standards."

Rodal said because the firm's SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse captures significant details about business transactions, Coca-Cola can aggregate the data "on the fly in the application and not be bound by a static data model.  So when the business re-organises the firm changes dashboards, not the solution configuration".

The new platform will be used to drive efficiencies across a complex network of plants, bottlers, warehouses and customers, involving a multiple range of products.
Coca-Cola is now planning a global rollout of the application in its bottlers network, which will help it map, manage and monitor supply chain strategy. This expansion will also enable it to have a consistent definition and common data sources for metrics across the organisation.

The implementation of SAP BusinessObjects Supply Chain Performance Management was begun by ITC Infotech in July 2010. A project team of 12 experts was involved in the implementation, focusing on the supply chain, business warehouse, enterprise portal, delivery and project management.

Pepsi bottling firm G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottling last week revamped its communications with a new network using HP kit, including wireless deployments at a number of factories.

The firm said the new network will "improve business agility while lowering costs". G&J wanted standardised technology to reduce complexity in its network environment, provide a more scalable architecture, and increase flexibility.

With the deployment at the core and edge of it network, said HP, G&J has been able to speed up and secure business processes, including order processing, billing, and logistics for distribution to thousands of retail customers.

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