IFS has announced the implementation of its ERP solution at two companies in Poland recently as it grows its presence in Eastern Europe.
The first is at food processing company “Paula Fish” Sławomir Gojdź Sp. The second saw cleaning product manufacturer PPUH Voight implement its software. Both recently went live and already seeing benefits.
The companies are both process manufacturers with additional operational challenges. IFS also provided the compliance functionality that they needed. The implementation at Paula Fish was carried out by InfoConsulting, an IFS partner.
Meeting requirements now and in the future at Paula Fish them
Paula Fish is a brand of Paula Trans, itself founded in 1998. Since then it has gradually expanded. It opened its second manufacturing plant in 2013 in Włynkówko, Poland. Each of its modern processing plants can process 500 metric tons of fish per day. The process starts with the fishing fleet catching Flounder, Salmon, Cod Herring and Sprat in the North Sea and transporting it to the plants. It processes, freezes and stores the fish on site for customers. Paula Fish owes its own fleet of refrigerated trucks and uses them to ship to customers across Europe and elsewhere.
As the company grew it identified the need for an ERP solution. It chose IFS after an intensive selection process. The IFS solution supports the breadth of functionality it needs across the whole organisation. This include process manufacturing, distribution, maintenance and staffing. Also important was its flexibility and the ability for the software to support the growth of Paula Fish, including internationally should it wish to do so.
InfoConsulting assisted with the installation of IFS Applications 9. It continues to support Paula Fish processes including: input logistics, finance, pallet management, production, output logistics, maintenance, and staffing.
Sławomir Gojdź, owner of “Paula Fish” Sławomir Gojdź Sp. J. commented: “Having an accurate representation of our entire business, from cost and revenue centers to warehouse management, gives us access to information that supports our decision-making. Thanks to IFS Applications, we have increased the operational efficiency of our enterprise.”
The project was completed on time and in budge. Mirosław Kamiński, CEO at InfoConsulting, added: “By automating the company’s data processing and accelerating the flow of information, we have been able to deliver a solution that empowers users to work more efficiently while providing the management team with accurate data in real time.”
Voigt cleans up business processes
PPUH Voight was struggling with a legacy ERP solution that no longer met its requirements. The process manufacturer has grown to add numerous service lines to the business. This servitisation of its business model includes training on both the product and wider cleaning processes. Its product is available in its home country Poland as well as Germany, Czech Republic, Romania, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and Scotland.
Having chosen IFS Applications 9 the company has now implemented modules for sales, production, logistics, financials, procurement, HR, and service. Importantly it supports the company’s service order process. This allows the creation of orders, tracking progress and reporting on their success. IFS now tracks variable such as time, materials and expenses allowing the company to improve profitability.
Jacek Grynicki, Managing Director and Proxy at PPUH VOIGT Sp. z o.o. commented: “IFS Applications supports the dynamic growth of our company. Thanks to the implementation, our efficiency has increased, especially in production. We gain our competitive advantage primarily by developing our service activities and training customers to maximize their utilization of our products. An important part of the deployment of IFS Applications was migrating the management customer service from legacy systems to a modern and fully integrated mobile solution. “
What does this mean.
There is an increasing number of companies improving their support for the food and beverage sector, including NetSuite and Infor. Both have a presence in Poland and IFS will need to continue to win against those companies. The support for servitisation in manufacturing is important. It will be a key trend over the next few years. Winning a customer that is already on that journey makes this win important.
Marcin Taranek, the President of IFS CEE, commented: “IFS Applications is perfectly adapted to supporting companies in the manufacturing sector and its functionality can be extended as the business needs of the customer grows.
That functionality includes its support for services business and internationalisation. These are two mid-sized companies that become the bread and butter of a successful expansion. If IFS can continue to win this sort of deal then the future looks good.