Premier Foods is trialling a tracing system from Zetes which will automatically indentify goods and people by using mobile devices and barcodes connected directly to the SAP platform.
Zetes integrated the mobile devices into the ERP platform using the MiNetConnect SAP toolkit. It has also developed additional components that allow the ERP system to receive data from fixed scanners.
The initial trial at three Hovis facilities involves the installation of scanners that link into Premier’s ERP system to provide automated business controls, product visibility and traceability.
Phil McCallum, IT and Infrastructure Director at Premier Foods. “The traceability solution we are piloting with Zetes will, we hope, solve long standing issues our company has faced within the Hovis bakery supply chain.”
If the trial is successful Premier Foods will consider full roll out across its 23 Hovis sites in 2010.
Premier Foods is currently undergoing an £80 million change programme following a period of merger and acquisition activity that has seen Premier Foods grow to become a £2.6 billion company. In January it announced it was bringing its SAP operation back in house. It had previously been outsourced to Atos Origin.
Zetes specialises in tracking systems using bar codes, voice recognition, RFID and smart card technology in manufacturing, distribution, healthcare and the public sector.