DynaSys, a division of QAD Inc. (NASDAQ:QADA) (NASDAQ:QADB), experts in Demand and Supply Chain Planning solutions, announced they have signed a new contract with Sodebo, a leading European fresh food producer. Sodebo chose the DynaSys solution to optimize their sales and operations planning process and to improve their supply chain efficiency.
For 40 years, Sodebo, based in the Vendée region of France, has manufactured and distributed a wide range of fresh food products, including pizza, sandwiches, pasta and salads. Sodebo is a family owned business employing 2,000 people at their site in Montaigu. Sodebo products are distributed to supermarkets and caterers and exported within the European Union.
n.SKEP Meets the Challenge to Enhance Efficiency
Sodebo needed a better way to automate and optimize their forecast processes for normal demand as well as those generated by promotions. The company also sought a solution to allow coordination of departments across their enterprise such as marketing, production, operations and finance. Sodebo wanted a solution to help identify market opportunities and help them better manage promotional expenses and activity.
DynaSys Delivers Industry Expertise and Superior Services and Solutions
Demand Planning, part of the DynaSys integrated product suite, met Sodebo’s requirements. Gaëtan Dilly, IT director at Sodebo, stated, "Sodebo thoroughly reviewed all the different solutions in the market, and n.SKEP stood out for its proven capabilities. n.SKEP has been designed to meet the demand management needs of the agri-food businesses. Thanks to a collaborative planning solution like n.SKEP, we expect to improve agility and overall logistics efficiency.”
The following DynaSys capabilities supported Sodebo’s decision process:DynaSys expertise in demand planning, recognized in many industry sectors, supported Sodebo’s decision to deploy the n.SKEP product suite. n.SKEP offers Sodebo a robust and scalable platform. DynaSys provides a ready-to-use solution designed specifically for the fresh food industry. The DynaSys solution was easy to integrate with existing IT systems.
According to Eric Defontaine, supply chain manager at Sodebo, “The Sodebo implementation of n.SKEP Sales and Operations Planning solution has improved the balance between sales forecast and production capacities by providing relevant and synchronized data to the different manufacturing sites and departments in the company.”
The DynaSys solution supports collaboration for long-, medium- and short-term forecast needs within a monthly, weekly or daily horizon. In addition, Sodebo can compare strategic plans with tactical and operational plans to more efficiently plan capacities for product families at different sites within their enterprise.
With DynaSys n.SKEP, Sodebo gains a powerful tool with the following features:
- Classification of products into different categories of management reporting
- Detailed promotions management
- Inclusion of standard key performance indicators critical to support the sales and operational planning process
Ariel Weil, managing director of DynaSys, said, "We are pleased to support the sales and operational planning processes of Sodebo, and we look forward to helping them achieve their strategic goals. DynaSys has more than 27 years of experience in the agri-food industry and has solutions that support the challenges of daily fresh foods manufacturers. Our expertise, built by partnering with our customers, allows us to deliver innovative and powerful solutions that help our customers become more Effective Enterprises.”
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