Slush Puppie is running the majority of its business operations in the cloud to support its European markets, now that it has signed a lucrative new deal with Coca-Cola to manufacture and distribute frozen drinks across the continent.
Slush Puppie UK is a family-owned business which has manufactured and distributed the popular recipe created in the US since the early 1970s.
Since signing the contract with Coca Cola, it has replaced its Sage 500 accounting tool and combination of its ERP tool, Access and Excel, to manage enterprise resource planning (ERP).
To fulfil its orders, the UK manufacturer bought one of the largest European distributors, acquiring two new French and Dutch sites in the process. It needed a central platform plus features to easily calculate currency and VAT regulation discrepancies across varying European states to continue its European growth, and “we knew with Sage it just wasn’t going to work,” Julian Reid, Group Operations Director, at Slush Puppie said.
The organisation struggled to determine its stock, costings, profit margins and asset management with the legacy Sage product, which required several developers to build applications to firefight. Reporting took up the time of more than one full-time employees time, simply to pull data into spreadsheets.
Since January, forty of Slush Puppies’ employees are using Netsuite to record raw material, manage warehousing and stock control as well as financials on the NetSuite OneWorld SaaS subscription.
Cultural change to the cloud
During the transition, UK company underwent a cultural change when weaning workers from legacy Sage to the new systems. But queries were over usability, not dependancy on off-premise servers, Reid revealed.
He told ComputerworldUK that the benefits to hosted solutions far outweighed any security concerns, and automatic upgrades and improved availability from Netsuite were the main drivers. “For us, hardware doesn’t make sense,” he added.
Although Reid said it was too early to calculate an exact return on the investment it has put into NetSuite, he told ComputerworldUK that he was certain it had already begun to pay off and the implementation was “smooth”, with only a handful of customers aware of any disruption underpinning its trading.
The organisation have a five-year growth plan that it hopes will see it expand out of Europe, and SaaS will underpin its international business processes.
“Our plan is to keep on growing. The great thing about NetSuite OneWorld is that, as we move into other countries, it’s going to be easy to add new subsidiaries while retaining complete visibility over business performance from within a single system. As the business grows, we need to control spend and efficiency.”