Geac Scores in Poland

ERP provider to upgrade system for cookie company seeking more effective stock control

Studley, United Kingdom  August 16, 2002  ZPC Mieszko, one of Poland's top manufacturers of sweets, biscuits and crackers, has contracted with Geac Enterprise Solutions to provide an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution designed specifically for the food industry.

Mieszko will use System21 to perform lot traceability and transport planning on over 50 dispatches made each day. The deal is valued at about $300,000, and the system is scheduled to be live by the end of 2002.

System21 Food, incorporating financials, distribution and manufacturing, will be linked to an IBM iSeries platform for 48 users within Mieszko. The solution will provide the company with quality management functionality, including recipe and specification management, new product development, traceability and hazard analysis of critical control points (HACCP), with both electronic data interchange and Internet connectivity.

Geac Enterprise Solutions, a division of Geac Computer Corp., said Mieszko should benefit from a more stable system, reduced downtime and cost savings through more effective stock control, specifically in the areas of packaging and goods packaging demand planning.

"We chose System21 because of its proven track record and excellent customer references both in the food industry and within Poland," said Mieszko general manager Tomasz Gajdzinski. "System21, based on the IBM platform, will enhance the development of our [information technology] infrastructure and enable us to better control company costs."

Capabilities of System21 not found in Mieszko's prior ERP implementations include transport planning, lot traceability for finished goods, semi-finished products and raw materials, and the ability to issue goods according to first-in/first-out (FIFO) inventory convention.

As a company, Mieszko has grown tenfold in the last 10 years, and the Geac solution will assist in its continuing strategy of expansion through acquisition. Mieszko also is contemplating e-commerce and customer relationship management (CRM) applications in the future.