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AUCHAN LLC is one of the world's largest distributors of consumer goods, with more than 1,300 megastores and supermarkets in 12 countries. In Russia, the group operates megastores under the AUCHAN, AUCHAN City megastores, Atac supermarkets, and Raduga discount store brands.
AUCHAN Russia, which owns 50 hypermarkets and supermarkets across the country, plans to expand its Russian operations by opening stores in cities with more than 500,000 residents. Together with France and China, Russia serves as one of Auchan’s most profitable countries for its megastores.
To effectively manage numerous projects associated with market expansion, AUCHAN Russia recognized that it required a powerful project management system to accurately manage budgets, costs, time schedules, contracts, and accounts payable on a daily basis. With this in mind, the company worked with Oracle partner PMSOFT CJSC to implement Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management and integrate it with two customized modules developed to meet the company’s requirements for customized reports.
With the implementation, AUCHAN Russia eliminated its dependency on labor-intensive, error-prone, and spreadsheet-driven processes. It also enabled the company to better allocate employee resources. In addition, AUCHAN Russia acquired an expanded view of project performance variances, such as actual versus budgeted work schedules, to help it decrease project overspends from 20% of initial project cost, down to a maximum of 5%.
Oracle Partner PMSOFT CJSC led the implementation and developed the customized modules PM.Contract and PM.Reports to meet AUCHAN’s requirements for supplier management and financial reporting.
“The customized modules developed by PMSOFT have converted Primavera into the perfect project management tool for us. For example, we have the opportunity to transfer financial information directly to our headquarter in France without having to adapt manually to IFRS accounting standards, as the software provides this feature automatically,” said Tatyana Kovaleva, financial controller, AUCHAN LLC.