The Candy Store, known for its Johnny Doodle chocolate bars and other confectionery products, is a youthful start-up that has recently undergone significant growth. Its well-known trendy stores are disrupting the sweet world of chocolate. The company radiates a passion for chocolate and stands behind the superior quality of its products. It was, however, obliged to address the limitations of its previous software system. The need for clearer insight into inventory levels quickly became clear. Its decision to go for Schouw Informatisering and its SI Foodware ERP standard solution based on Microsoft Dynamics meant that all business processes could be optimised. This candy store is poised for further growth - and how!
Selecting Schouw Informatisering was a no-brainer, says Managing Director Niels van de Rijzen: ‘There was no alternative. There are no other solutions on the market that fulfill our requirements, so Schouw was the obvious choice. Everything we hear about Schouw is positive. It is simply a solid full-service solution. And, more to the point, we got on well with one another from the outset.'
Within a year of launching, The Candy Store went live with Microsoft Dynamics SI Foodware. Implementation of this full-service ERP solution was completed within three months thanks to the close cooperation between The Candy Store and Schouw Informatisering. 'The Candy Store / Schouw partnership couldn't have been better. It goes without saying that there were occasional misunderstandings and a little miscommunication, as with every alliance, but generally speaking we are very pleased with the partnership and the speed with which Schouw came on board,' according to Niels van de Rijzen.
The standard SI Foodware architecture means The Candy Store can make use of one integral solution for all its business processes, delivering significant benefits that are fully in line with the company's growth ambitions. Niels van de Rijzen: The implementation of SI Foodware gave us the opportunity to satisfy customer requirements. We will be able to serve our customers more efficiently and on a fully-automated basis in the future. Within our organisation, we have more grip on our own planning and on the way we monitor our various inventory levels. We wish to grow exponentially going forward and realise that a number of challenges need to be overcome. Within the field of ERP automation, however, we need have no doubt that we can manage the anticipated growth.'