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10 INTERNATIONALNEWS


NATUREX OPTIMISES SUPPLY CHAIN


French manufacturer updates planning and inventory with a view to improving production flow and capacity


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aturex, a French manufacturer of natural ingredients for the agri-food, nutraceutical,


pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries, has selected Infor Advanced Planning to streamline its supply chain following substantial growth. The company anticipates the Advanced Planning module will enable it to exploit centralised planning, optimise inventory management and improve the flow and production capacity of


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complex industrial processes involving 3,000 different botanical raw materials and a portfolio of approximately 15,000 finished products.


Naturex has 15 production units throughout Europe, the US,Brazil, Australia,Morocco and India. To meet the many challenges associated with business growth, specifically an increase in production units, formulas and stock keeping units (SKUs), it recognised the need for a system that could not only


THE CLOUD Reitan Convenience, the Scandinavian 7 Eleven and Pressbyrån convenience store franchise owner has signed a contract for cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) with business software provider, UNIT4. UNIT4 will deliver its Agresso


Business World ERP software as a service via its multi-tenant cloud infrastructure to all of Reitan’s operations, including over 500 franchisees across Sweden that depend on its help with accounting and other administrative functions. “In this tough market we needed


to modernise our finance and business systems to be sure that our franchisees received the support they demand from us in a safer and more efficient way,” explained Dennis Legin, Reitan Convenience Sweden chief finance officer.


“It is quite complex handling 500 individual company processes simultaneously and we found that UNIT4 Agresso’s solution best met our business, financial and operational objectives, namely to understand our performance better, build on our competitive advantage and grow our business and its profitability.” He added: “A cloud deployment methodology ensures we get the maximum functional, informational and architectural benefits of Agresso


handle this increased complexity but also optimise the planning at the heart of the its industrial processes. A critical factor in the selection of


Infor Advanced Planning was its ability to offer arbitration to its modelling capabilities and ease of handling. And Axsolu, an Infor partner specialising in the process industry, particularly in the food sector will install the system. “Like all industrial sectors we’re


faced by particularly active competition, so we have put in place an ambitious growth strategy which is not without consequences for our supply chain. The success of the proposed multi-site planning will be of strategic importance to us,” said Ambrose Stagnara, supply chain manager at Naturex. “With Infor Advanced Planning,


we believe we have chosen the best solution to our current and future requirements, both in terms of the functional point of view of the Infor software and the support we get from Infor and Axsolu.”


u Australian retail group Woolworths recently signed a five-year managed services agreement with retail software vendor Retalix to provide systems integration services, configuration, new store installation and level 2 and level 3 support for more than 3,000 stores across the region.


Business World without having to manage the servers in-house. Indeed the UNIT4 Agresso Operation Service manages all aspects of applications and upgrades for us. As a result, we don’t have to worry about our finance and business systems at all and are now free to focus on our core business and using the reliable data we can generate now to help us make decisions that will ensure our ongoing success and profitability.” The roll out is expected to be


complete by May 2013. Lotus, known for its eponymous


sports cars, has selected Eurostop’s retail management system for its fast expanding retail operations ‘Lotus Originals,’ its luxury range of clothing, accessories and collectables. It is using e-rmis to manage stock at its head office and e-pos for till sales in the stores, as well as at roadshows and outdoor events.


RETAIL TECHNOLOGY NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012


u Tesco.com is creating to create promotion-specific areas on each of its recently opened e-commerce operations in Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. It is using the price and promotion, as well as product information management capabilities of the Sonetto Retail Suite from IVIS Group to capitalise on the strong grocery shopping offer-led culture in the region.


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