MRO procurement and supply chain management specialist Entec International has supported a global FMCG client in the implementation of a major IT project, which has seen the closer integration of both parties’ existing SAP systems via the client’s Ariba Web Portal.
The project, which started in Q1 2020, took just six months to go live and will deliver important benefits for Entec’s client, streamlining the procurement process, increasing efficiency and improving service to customers, while reducing costs.
The new system will automate the Purchase Order and Invoice Process for fast-moving parts required across 10 manufacturing plants in the Middle East region.
Commenting on the project, Entec Business Development Manager Richard Zeverona said, “This is an important step in the continued collaborative partnership between Entec and our snacks and beverages client. By integrating our individual SAP systems via the Ariba portal, we can start the process of automation from Purchase Order through to Invoice and have created the capability to host country specific ordering pre-approved catalogues for a number of the client’s customers in the AMESA region, which streamlines the quotation process. This new automated order-to-invoice mechanism enables us to deliver real cost benefits.”
He continues, “It is great that our client had the strategic vision to embrace this initiative as well as the commitment to make it work. The company is the first client to implement automation into our contractual relationship and accordingly, will be the first to benefit.
For Entec, the fact that a global FMCG giant allowed us access to their internal systems reflects their trust in us and is testimony to the strength of our partnership. The two companies worked closely together on this important project for several months and through a combination of careful planning and phased implementation, we delivered a successful Project cut-over in Q4 of 2020.”