Creating the Client Impact that Counts
Facilitating Beston’s Expansion
Beston Food Manufacturing Company
Followed a traditional paper-based management system that constantly led to operational and management inefficiencies resulting in depleting business profitability and sustainability.
Designed and developed digital Production Management System that increased productivity by 20% in Phase 1.
They guided us step by step at every stage of the project which enabled us simplify and strategies our production, inventory and reporting process and ensured timely delivery of the expectations.
When I joined Provincial Food Group (subsidiary of Beston) there was an immediate need to move out of paper-based production scheduling and reporting to an automated efficient approach. Saathiva (now DEKODE) came to our rescue. DEKODE has been instrumental in strategically automating Provincial’s production planning, production management, inventory management and reporting processes.
DEKODE’s bespoke Production Management System was developed and implemented to create end to end operational (production and inventory) and reporting efficiencies across the business. Within a short span of time, Provincial was able to automate its production planning, production management and management reporting. It saved many man hours and increased operational efficiencies of the plant and business.
There was more visibility and cohesiveness and better coordination across the various teams, as information could be accessed and reported in real time. It streamlined production scheduling, production control and management, reduced manual reconciliations, and shortened the management reporting time. It also ensured better controls and efficient processes, correct and timely reports, real time production control and management. It resulted in efficient cost measure and control, increased bottom line, and helped focus on core products and business.
Obstacles at the production plant
Beston took over the Shepparton site in 20, and produces . Prior to purchase, the site had been following a traditional paper-based management system for many years. During this time, the business had begun to expand, but storing and finding information became increasingly difficult and both management and staff were unable to track production and manufacturing processes. Further, this paper-based system was not tied into corporate reporting systems and a significant amount of time was spent each month to ensure information could be provided to corporate finance and management. The paper-based system also meant that it was difficult to make operational improvements.
All these issues meant the plant was not performing as expected with management only able to hypothesise the reasons for poor performance (eg inefficient procurement, high waste of raw material, inaccurate numbers and inventory mismatches).
How we helped
Our process to work with client ensures that the client’s needs are kept front and centre. We work with the client to understand their needs, design the solution with client feedback, develop the solution with regular client check-ins, and finally, deploy the solution.