CERTIS EUROPE SELECTS ARKIEVA SUPPLY CHAIN SOFTWARE FOR FORECASTING AND MANAGING THE SALES & OPERATIONS PLANNING PROCESS
Arkieva provides Certis Europe with the ability to create and maintain a clearly aligned S&OP process across all of its European operations
WILMINGTON, DE, USA – December 17, 2013 – Certis Europe has chosen Solventure, a supplier and implementer of advanced planning solutions, to implement the Arkieva Supply Chain Software suite for forecasting and managing the Sales and Operations Planning process. Solventure is Arkieva’s channel partner in Europe.
Certis Europe specializes in the sales and distribution of both conventional and biological crop protection technologies. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Certis Europe has local business units in Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, and the UK.
Until now the local business units within Certis determined their own demand planning process and inventory policies. Each unit also had their own KPI’s, which didn’t give a clear and global view on the businesses of the Certis group. “This local and independent way of working not only costs more, there is also little alignment in the basic S&OP processes, like forecasting, demand planning & supply planning, which results in high operational costs,” said Theo van den Hörk, Central Supply Chain Manager of Certis Europe.
The main challenge for Certis Europe is to create and maintain a clearly aligned S&OP process across all of its European entities. “The transition from locally managed policies and disconnected templates to a uniform integrated system will be one of the key success factors in this process,” added van den Hörk.
When fully deployed, the Arkieva software will be used by many functions at Certis and will provide full transparency. The software will also make it possible for area sales managers to improve their forecast reliability and also provide the proper reporting options to challenge their customers in forecasting execution.
“I am convinced that the Arkieva solution will increase the empowerment and awareness of the S&OP concept within our organization, resulting in higher efficiency, service, and improved cash flow,” said van den Hörk.
“We welcome Certis Europe as the newest user of our S&OP solution,” said Sujit Singh, Chief Operating Officer of Arkieva. “We have designed a highly collaborative, cross functional software tool that will expertly address the challenges that Certis has outlined. We have found that users of Arkieva S&OP save both time and money, and can execute on their planning and forecasting far more effectively.”
About Certis Europe
An established crop protection business with direct operations in key European markets, Certis Europe combines proprietary products with those from a range of supplier partners in a wide-ranging portfolio. Unique among suppliers to the horticultural, specialty and arable crop sectors, Certis provides solutions for growers that take into account market demands and pressures, as well as crop production challenges.
About Solventure Supply Chain Solutions
Solventure is turning their client’s supply chain into a competitive advantage and engages in long-term improvement projects with them. Solventure adds value by providing actionable insights through a unique combination of tools and expert resources. The Arkieva software selected and distributed by Solventure is user friendly, scalable, and proven in optimization and quantitative techniques. For more information please visit www.solventure.eu.
About Arkieva Supply Chain Software
Arkieva, founded in 1993, is the developer of Arkieva software solutions for global manufacturing supply chains. With headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, USA, and offices in Antwerp, Belgium, and Mangalore, India, Arkieva is positioned to support organizations across the globe. Arkieva products enhance productivity and reduce operating costs in the supply chain, providing the full range of features necessary for effective Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP). Such major corporations as Momentive, INVISTA, Sunsweet Growers, CF Industries, ANADIGICS, and INEOS use Arkieva solutions. For more information please visit arkieva.com.