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McVitie’s Accelerates Journey to Procurement Excellence with Rosslyn Data Technologies

By  Rosslyn Data Technologies  on  23 Jul 2018

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Global snacking business leverages procurement analytics to respond faster to ever-changing customer demands

One of the world’s leading snacking companies and home to beloved brands including McVitie’s and Ulker, pladis turned to Rosslyn Data Technologies to provide the insight and analytics capabilities required to achieve procurement excellence that leverages the entire value of its global supply base to improve cost savings and working capital while also contributing to product innovation and revenue generation.  

“In today’s digital and connected world, growth comes from being truly consumer centric. Enabling smart technologies and data driven processes will be at the heart of our  entire product journey from procurement to shelf,” said Thibaut Eissautier, Group Chief Procurement Officer, pladis “Rosslyn Data Technologies is empowering our procurement organization globally to be a key enabler of business success by giving us better visibility into our sourcing data and making smarter decisions.”

Supply base managed innovation

“With the digitalization of the business processes, comes a certain overload of systems and information. In order to make sure we are tapping the full potential of our capabilities and sustaining our growth, it is important to be able to see the big picture or the ‘single version of the truth’ if you may, in terms of data. This is why we constantly strive to enhance our processes by investing in new technologies and platforms. Procurement and managing our supply base in a more smart and innovative way is obviously a very important part of this,” added Thibaut Eissautier.

The RAPid Analytics Platform is a strategic investment for pladis, and will support the company’s business transformation by bringing together disparate data sources, and insight, for the benefit of customers.

With greater knowledge of local and global suppliers, pladis will be in a stronger position to select, onboard and manage suppliers that are instrumental in bringing to market its delicious biscuit, chocolate and confectionery brands now enjoyed worldwide.

Roger Bullen, CEO, Rosslyn Data Technologies, said: “It is exciting to help pladis deploy analytics innovatively to gain greater visibility of its suppliers, resulting in better understanding and managing risks and opportunities with more insight and agility than ever before.”

Built on an industry-leading data warehouse integrated with proprietary technologies including machine learning and Natural Language Processing (NLP) capabilities that automate the extraction, collection and transformation of data into business insight, RAPid could support the future information requirements of pladis by giving its One Procurement Community greater contextual visibility of suppliers such as supplier credit scores, contracts, supplier performance metrics, market intelligence and commodity prices.

pladis is one of the world’s leading snacking companies and home to beloved brands including McVitie’s and Ulker. The company distributes specially created, premium chocolate products under the Godiva brand in the grocery channel to drive everyday luxury. pladis delights consumers with products across the snacking category including sweet and savoury biscuits, wafer, cake, chocolate, gum and candy.

Formed in 2016, pladis is the proud steward of over 300 years of family baking and confectionery experience. The expertise of its 20,000-strong global workforce spans 34 factories in 13 countries, and is founded on collaboration, agility and resilience.

pladis is one of the fastest growing companies in the sector with annual revenues of £2.3 billion. As a responsible business, delivering the highest quality products and exceptional service, pladis’ products have the potential to reach more than 4 billion people across the world.

pladis people are passionate about collaboration and creation, using consumer insights and trends to fulfil its promise; ‘to bring happiness to the world with every bite’. This, combined with rapid speed to market, enables the company to bring its products from idea to on-shelf quickly, so they are available for consumers all over the world.

The company has already delivered a series of successful product innovations in the biscuit and chocolate categories since the group was created, which include Godiva Masterpieces developed especially for grocery channels, McVitie’s Nibbles and McVitie’s Chocolate Digestive Thins – all products which have fast become firm favourites in pladis’ anchor markets.