Capespan markets fruit throughout the year in more than 60 countries on four continents. The company provides service solutions to international fruit trading partners and develops strategic partnerships in order to offer the right product portfolios at the right price. With marketing offices and operations all over the world, it is a challenge for Capespan to obtain an integrated view of sales, inventory and financial positions. To gain more control over these processes, Capespan in Europe has chosen the Microsoft Dynamics NAV based ERP application SI Foodware Fresh Produce from Schouw Informatisering.
Capespan has devised a clear IT strategy in order to successfully take up this challenge. Replacing several separate non-integrated software systems is part of this, according to Tom Quets, CIO of Capespan's Fruit Marketing division: "In the field of logistics automation with service providers, we have made great strides in our development, but our ERP systems are still lagging behind. They no longer meet our business needs, their management functions are complex and lack a long-term vision for further development that aligns with the Capespan story. In order to lift service for our customers and partners to a higher level, it is important to roll out a uniform ERP system in different locations."
With the implementation of SI Foodware Fresh Produce, Capespan wants to achieve a number of strategic and operational objectives, says Tom Quets: "Firstly, financial and operations integration. We want to be able to apply the cost for each activity, such as transportation and production drives, to consignments and have immediate insight into this. You therefore gain more control over your business. Furthermore, it is a lot cheaper and easier to maintain one standard ERP package at multiple locations. It also gives you a tool to standardise procedures and processes.
To this end, Capespan has opted to work with SI Foodware Fresh Produce at eight locations in the UK and mainland Europe. This involves an fresh produce-specific ERP package based on Microsoft Dynamics NAV. The software was developed for fruit and vegetable traders who place high demands on the optimal matching of supply and demand. Consignment Administration forms the heart of the package.
Tom Quets is looking forward to the implementation which will start soon: "A team of key Capespan users, together with Schouw Informatisering, will design the implementation. We have completed a detailed study with Schouw Informatisering and its international partners iFacto and Technology Management and I have every confidence in a successful project with this team."