Chain looks to integrate financial, human resources and manufacturing processes
New York — January 29, 2004 — Brookshire Grocery Co.is set to implement a solution from German software provider SAP to integrate operations at its corporate headquarters, 152 retail locations, and six manufacturing facilities as part of an initiative to integrate financial, human resources and manufacturing processes.
The company is counting on its implementation of the mySAP Business Suite to help improve the productivity of staff members by eliminating redundant processes, giving store managers access to timely, accurate information and more effectively managing operational and manufacturing processes.
The project will replace legacy systems with an integrated financials, manufacturing, human resources and payroll solution. Brookshire's goal for the project is to implement a system that provides necessary tools, reporting and security to meet its current business needs while offering flexibility for growth.
The project includes mySAP Financials, Human Resources and Business Information Warehouse solutions to provide functionality for the sharing of timely and up-to-date data, flexibility to handle new business opportunities, analysis tools to enable better decision-making and the ability to close and issue financial reports faster.
Manufacturing capabilities will provide a collaborative environment to enable higher product margins, increased overall manufacturing capacities and in-depth planning processes, SAP said.
"mySAP Business Suite will enable us to meet our objective of a real-time integrated system, allowing us to better manage our store network, distribution centers and manufacturing operations," said Tim King, vice president and controller at Brookshire. "SAP solves our need to receive timely, critical data for managing the financial, human resources and manufacturing aspects of our business. SAP's ability to address the unique needs of retailers and the ability to be a long-term business partner were key factors in our selection."
The rollout will provide the grocer's staff with online report viewing and distribution capabilities, as well as drill-down and query capabilities. Drawing on the capabilities of the SAP NetWeaver integration and application platform, the solution will integrate Brookshire's internal business and allow for interfacing with business partners and suppliers, including those on non-SAP systems.
Brookshire's system will be implemented in three phases, beginning in 2004, and will be fully operational by 2006. The first phase supports financials and reporting functionality from mySAP Financials and Business Information Warehouse. Brookshire Partners will access the system through SAP Enterprise Portal.
"mySAP Business Suite will enable Brookshire to increase productivity, minimize overhead and streamline financial reporting," said Bill McDermott, CEO and president of SAP America. "mySAP Business Suite provides a solid enterprise solutions platform that will allow Brookshire to address supply chain management, customer relationship management and additional strategic functionality over time as the business grows."