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RVP Foods Limited 

 

Background

RVP Foods Ltd was formed following a management buyout from United Biscuits and is involved in the processing, freezing and sales of frozen green vegetables at the North Thoresby site, and the frozen ready meals at a factory in Fakenham. Sales are mainly to the major supermarkets. As a result of the management buyout RVP needed to come off the Group's systems and implement their own integrated system.

Projects

IT strategy followed by definition and selection of a new applications across all functional areas.

Scale

2 manufacturing locations, 500+ employees, 60m+ turnover.

Scope of requirements

Finance, logistics, manufacturing, EDI, comprehensive sales reporting, pallet control, load and despatch, recipe costing, bar-coded products, plant maintenance, human resources.

Issues

Cease using Group supported systems - the Company had no idea of the scope of Group supported existing systems.

Short timescales - short transition period to transfer from bureau use of Group systems to new systems.

EDI links to supermarkets - EDI links to main supermarkets and third party distribution centre. 

IT manager required - RVP needed to recruit an IT manager.

New application areas - function previously performed by the Group had to be brought in-house (eg. sales order processing, invoicing, sales ledger and sales reporting).

 

Summary

A business orientated IT strategy was produced defining the key role IT would play in the future of the business. Detailed functional requirements were determined and collated into an ITT to send to a small group of qualified suppliers specialising in the food processing sector. Following evaluation and detailed demonstrations the client selected packaged software running on an IBM hardware platform.


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