Arkieva Selection Story:
Grande Cheese Implements Supply Planning Solution
The Arkieva supply and scheduling solution implementation provides a seamlessly integrated end-to-end system, an improved supply planning process, and enhanced visibility throughout the supply chain.
With a long-standing history of over 75 years, Grande has an established presence in the marketplace as a leading provider of fine Italian cheeses and value-added whey products. Much like most businesses that outgrow Excel, the Wisconsin-based cheese company has faced the decision to either streamline, standardize, and improve supply chain processes or to continue using spreadsheets that were becoming increasingly complex.
- Multiple different spreadsheets for monthly planning
- Manual spreadsheet based supply planning process
“While we service our clients incredibly well and have no obsolete products, it was time to turn our attention to managing the risk associated with using spreadsheets. We had multiple different spreadsheets that we were combining to create a monthly plan. We knew that we needed to move from a manual based spreadsheet process to a systemized supply chain solution.”
The Selection Journey: Eliminating Manual Spreadsheets
Grande underwent an extensive Request for Proposal (RFP) process and through that process, Arkieva scored the best. Arkieva also showed a clear understanding of the problem and proposed a unique solution, including an original project idea that wasn’t part of the standard RFP.
“Arkieva showed us that they were the better choice not just through the product but through their behavior and collaboration. We also did some benchmarking of customers that are currently working with Arkieva, and we were also very impressed with that. Arkieva consultants show creativity and intelligence; we are very impressed with the level of professionalism displayed by the team – very knowledgeable!”
Arkieva Rapid Iterative Implementation Plan
The multifaceted solution plan includes implementing the Arkieva Supply Planning Solution, Materials Planning, and Whey Scheduling.
“Arkieva’s solution is well suited for Grande’s needs. It utilized both the standard software functionality as well as configuration based modeling layer of their software. This fit our needs very well. It’s outstanding!”
Detailed reporting and analytics for improved supply chain visibility
Developing a tailored solution to streamline master and capacity planning
Data integration and migration from manual spreadsheets
Best Practice Training
Training to ensure higher user adoption and process improvement