Greggs baking ERP into the business ‐ Enterprise Times
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 3:47 PM
Keytree has announced that it has been selected by high street baker Greggs as its SAP System Integrator partner as the company embarks on a business transformation programme.
The demand for a wider variety of fast food has been a bonus for some high street bakers. For Greggs, it has enabled them to become a national brand although it came with an unwanted reputation over the fat content in its food. After a long marketing campaign including a television series, it believes it has now shaken off the reputation for helping increase the waistlines of the British public.
James Holmes, Programme Manager for SAP Transformation at Greggs said: “The work with Keytree has only been running for nine months as part of our longer term IT investment programme.
“With our planned growth in the UK, it was important that we chose the right technology partner to help us plan and execute these projects successfully. As well as a strong track record of successful project delivery, Keytree has the right cultural fit to help us achieve our goals”.
Greggs looking for price stability across its bakeries
Survival for any large company is about cost control and for food companies cost control can be a nightmare. Constantly changing prices means that their Bill of Materials can change week by week. This means that reducing waste to as close to zero as possible is critical.
To achieve that, Greggs are focused on using big data and analytics via SAP HANA. This allows them to track usage of food from source to sales point so that if there are any production issues they can act immediately. More importantly they can track trends in food demand which are extremely complex. The weather, local events, sports, sales and holidays are just a few of the things that can suddenly mean a surge in demand or a paucity of customers.
To keep control of suppliers, Keytree is implementing a Source to Contract solution based on Ariba solutions. It is due to go live later this year and will cover over 4,500 suppliers across all of its operations. This means that Greggs will not only be able to track food throughout the entire supply chain to prevent a repetition of the horsemeat scandal that hit supermarkets, but it will also be able to use it to manage it costs and quality across the supply chain.