Felsineo Increases Food Production and Distribution Speeds by 30%
 
 

Felsineo Increases Food Production and Distribution Speeds by 30%

  • Oracle Customer:  Felsineo S.p.A.
    Location:  Zola Predosa (Bologna), Italy
    Industry:  Consumer Goods
    Employees:  130
    Annual Revenue:  Under $100 Million

Founded in 1947, Felsineo S.p.A. participates in Italy’s food sector and abroad. Since the 1970s, the company has focused exclusively on producing cured meats—specifically, the Italian sausage mortadella. A European market leader since the 1990s, Felsineo unites the traditional aspects of a uniquely cured meat with the most advanced technology. The company analyzes, controls, and verifies the meat production process on a daily basis, using internal technology systems and independent control structures. Felsineo has used Oracle’s JD Edwards enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to help automate and support its production processes since 2000.

 
 

 
 

Challenges

A word from Felsineo S.p.A.

  • "We wanted to upgrade our decades-old enterprise resource planning system to reduce customizations through technology standardization, improve back-office integration with clients and suppliers, simplify data access, and optimize IT system performance to help grow our food production business. Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.0 provided us with the functionality we required to meet all our business goals.” – Samuele Palmonari, IT Manager, Felsineo S.p.A.

  • Renew the enterprise resource planning system architecture, last updated in 2000, to help increase IT operational speed and better support safe, automated food production
  • Reduce software customizations within the ERP system to eliminate , manual, time-consuming, and unstable processes and to implement new functions , such as calculating dual units of measurement for each pack or kilo, setting prices and discounts on sales orders, and advanced batch management—all while improving efficiency
  • Improve system performance and optimize staff resources to reduce waiting times for shipments of goods, as well as to control and automate management of mortadella lots without human intervention   
  • Develop a more reliable, modern, and logical model to easily integrate the ERP system with other software used by various departments, including meat receiving, product milling, packaging, inventory, and shipping

Solutions

  • Leveraged Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.0 features and accelerated all business processes by 30%, particularly those related to managing clients’ food orders
  • Reduced customizations to integrate with external solutions that manage manufacturing information (such as production orders and shipment orders) to optimize time management and process performance by extending the capabilities of the ERP solution 
  • Instituted new processes based on dual units of measurement, thanks to JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.0’s streamlined sales-order-cycle management, allowing the management of invoices, which are based on the product weights, and shipments, which are based on number of products sold
  • Customized management of meat-batch-related tasks to meet customers’ specific requirements, such as monitoring product expiry dates, while eliminating manual processes and errors regarding shipments not meeting customers’ requirements
  • Reduced employee resource use by 15%, thanks to the new JD Edwards solution’s automated invoicing, which minimized overtime and decreased goods returned due to shipment errors for economic savings
  • Reduced delays in processing invoicing and shipment data, delivering detailed information to the production department in a few minutes
  • Improved integration with the production departments’ external systems—including receipt of the supplies, product grinding and bagging, packaging, and storage—to support generating faster, error-free order data for manufacturing intelligence and shipping
  • Guaranteed scalability, and, due to the more robust and reliable ERP infrastructure, the business grew by 5% to an average of 40,000 Italian sausage orders per year in 2012
  • Enabled remote access to the ERP system online, which reduced maintenance and system management costs by 40%, due to the new centralized web system that replaces the previous client-server model
  • Improved quality and distribution of business documents, like invoices, shipping records, and delivery notes, through the use of Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher, embedded in JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.0, which unified the graphics layout of documents and other items regarding data entry

Why Oracle

Felsineo selected Oracle due to the solution’s demonstrated stability and significant capabilities specifically of importance to the food industry, such the ability to use dual units of measurement and to perform lot management, all provided in the 9.0 release.

Implementation Process

The implementation took more than six months, from June to November 2011, including a break in August. Tests conducted during implementation enabled Felsineo to complete the project 35% under budget. The support of a highly competent team, consisting of Sinfo One and Felsineo consultants, enabled the company to complete the implementation in a timely manner and meet its goals.

Partner

Oracle Specialized Partner Sinfo One has collaborated with Felsineo in its JD Edwards EnterpriseOne implementation since 2002. Its expertise and specialized competence in Oracle solutions and the food sector has enabled Felsineo to efficiently reach its enterprise resource planning technology goals.