Jorris van Doorn: 'The way Schouw does business is fully in line with the Copar approach; structured and project based.'
One of the larger players on the Dutch confectionery market: Copar BV, based in Raamsdonksveer. Known amongst others for its Candyman and Italiano brand names. The company imports confectionery from all over the world and distributes various brands and private label products in the Netherlands. The company already works with a Microsoft Dynamics software system, in combination with other systems. However, there was a distinct lack of food-specific functionality, and the company found itself doing more and more outside the current software. In order to prevent this and exclude double book-keeping, Copar set out on the quest for a sector specialist with one integral system; the quest for a new ERP package with a food add-on. At the end of March, Copar made the choice for the standard ERP Microsoft Dynamics software in combination with Schouw Informatisering's SI Foodware.
Copar supplies major retailers such as Albert Heijn and Jumbo every day, but confectionery products find their way to the customer through other channels as well. The new ERP software system therefore also had to comply with various requirements. In the first phase of the implementation pathway, a start was made with a number of processes: Procurement, Production, Sales, Finance and Logistics (including Tracking & Tracing).
Logistics offers one of the most significant areas of improvement that can be achieved with the SI Foodware ERP system. Copar is set to replace manual picking based on printed pick lists, as is the case now, with RF scanning for both incoming and outgoing commodities, thanks to the new system. 'RF scanning will be introduced in the warehouse to save time and reduce errors. The time that we win can be used to enhance efficiency in quality controls,' says Jorris van Doorn, Financial Director at Copar.
Copar was looking for a sector specialist with a one-stop shop in which all the modules are integrated. It was therefore of crucial importance that the new SI Foodware ERP software contained the right food-specific functionality. Jorris van Doorn goes on to say: 'The way Schouw does business is fully in line with the Copar approach; structured and project minded. We know exactly where we stand. The consultants involved during the commercial phase of this project are now the ones actually executing the project. What was offered upfront is being verified in the execution. This ensures a close business relationship in line with expectations. We are looking to build a long-term relationship with Schouw.' The project team has meanwhile started with on-site implementation.