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.”
Pictured: Richard Zeverona, Business Development Manager, Entec International
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Following UKWA’s call on government to clarify the position of logistics workers under the latest national lockdown regulations, today the Department for Transport has confirmed that employees in the sector are considered ‘essential workers’ and accordingly will be allowed to travel for work. In addition, the children of logistics employees will be permitted to attend school along with those of other key workers.
In a letter to Peter Ward, UKWA CEO, and leaders of peer trade associations in the industry, the DfT states that it is considered essential that the work of the logistics sector should continue to the greatest extent possible through the Covid-19 crisis.
“As is clear in the latest guidance, those who work to keep the freight transport modes operating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response and EU transition, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass, are considered critical workers. This, therefore, includes haulage drivers, managers, warehouse staff and all other logistics professions who we need to continue to go about their business to keep supply chains moving. As such, school age children of employees engaged in these activities should be eligible to continue attending school in line with Government policy.
“Government policy is clear that this applies to all supply chains and not only those for food and medical supplies. The current regulations allows travel to work and travel associated with work.”
Peter Ward adds, “We are pleased that government has again recognised the important role businesses in our sector are playing in keeping the country going during national lockdown. UKWA will continue to provide support for our members and ensure that the voice of the wider logistics industry is heard and heeded.”
Pictured: UKWA CEO Peter Ward
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