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PepsiCo BeLux (Belgium and Luxembourg) Selects Arkieva to Strengthen Their Beverages Demand Planning Process
|By Business Wire
|April 1, 2014 07:00 AM EDT
PepsiCo BeLux has chosen Solventure, a supplier and implementer of
advanced planning solutions, to implement the Arkieva Supply Chain
Demand Planning Software suite for generating more accurate business
critical forecasts in much less time. Solventure is Arkieva’s channel
partner in Europe.
PepsiCo BeLux is a part of the PepsiCo Group, one of the world’s leading
food and beverages companies with more than $65 billion net revenue.
PepsiCo BeLux holds 13 A-Brands and is the market leader in crisps,
snacks, and chilled fruit juices. The company is headquartered in
Zaventem, Belgium with plants in Zeebrugge and Veurne. Nearly 900 people
are employed by PepsiCo BeLux.
PepsiCo BeLux found itself confronted with several challenges in the
demand planning process as a result of a large amount of data and the
absence of a system to manage these data efficiently and effectively.
The main challenges could be summarized as follows:
Reduce time and effort that is spent on data crunching. Create time
for exception based demand planning and promotional planning.
Create a more accurate demand plan.
Meet deadlines on a weekly basis to provide the demand plan to all
functions involved including sales, customer service, and
Organize the demand plan into many forms (as per different
In parallel with the company’s upcoming SAP implementation, it was the
intention of PepsiCo to turn their demand planning process into a
streamlined competitive advantage. Solventure was chosen not only due to
the flexibility that the Arkieva platform could offer, but also due to
the prominent capacity to quickly tackle the aforementioned challenges
in iterative steps. Such a rapid iterative delivery methodology enabled
PepsiCo to quickly realize benefits with the successful interaction of
people, processes, and tools.
Once data became available in Arkieva and the basics were set for
removing promotional effects, Arkieva provided a baseline statistical
forecast which enabled flexible reporting on time. “In Excel, it takes
about one whole day just for data crunching and creating a statistical
forecast for a single category. Using Arkieva, it takes about 20 minutes
to get the data & forecast for all categories at the same time,” said
Kim Allaert, manager of demand planning & customer services at PepsiCo
PepsiCo has managed to accelerate and make more accurate the process of
demand planning, better manage the information available, and provide a
single plan to all parties involved in and affected by the planning
process. In general, looking at different hierarchies, forecast accuracy
was improved by two percent, and up to twenty percent.
“PepsiCo is a leader in their market and a perfect example of how
Arkieva can enhance a company’s demand planning process,” said Sujit
Singh, chief operating officer of Arkieva. “We are pleased to add them
to our growing list of food and beverage customers.”
About PepsiCo BeLux
PepsiCo BeLux is a part of the PepsiCo Group, one of the world’s leading
food and beverages companies with over $65 billion net revenue. PepsiCo
BeLux holds thirteen A-Brands and is the market leader in crisps,
savory, snacks, and chilled fruit juices. The Head office is located in
Zaventem, with two plants in Zeebrugge and Veurne, and employs around
About Solventure Supply Chain Solutions
Solventure turns your supply chain into a competitive advantage and
engages in long-term improvement projects. 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
Driscoll’s, Momentive, INVISTA, Sunsweet Growers, CF Industries,
ANADIGICS, and INEOS use Arkieva solutions. For more information please
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