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5 Ways SAP Business One Can Help With Order Fulfilment

by Emily Warren

Calculating the true cost of a cup of coffee involves navigating a complex system where small profits are carved away at each transaction point. Typical expenses include labor, fertilizer, inspections, certifications, transportation, and membership fees. While the costs incurred by farmers are relatively easy to identify, they can vary dramatically based on the size and location of the farm and type of coffee the farmer is producing. This makes it challenging to calculate how much it actually costs to produce an average pound of coffee.

From coffee bean to cup, it takes a well-run supply chain to ensure that a barista pours a good cup of coffee. And as a good cup of coffee represents the brand, this is how the public will perceive the company. Coffee and other merchandise must be sourced from around the globe and then successfully delivered to the stores, especially in the case of large coffee shop chains. Because coffee retailers can open stores around the world at a rapid pace, the supply chain organization must focus on keeping up with that expansion. To hold expenses in check and achieve a balance between cost and performance, there are objectives that would have to make significant changes.

Supply Chain Objectives

To transform a supply chain, a coffee retailer must establish three key objectives:

  1. Reorganize its supply chain organization
  2. Reduce its cost to serve stores and improve execution
  3. Lay the foundation for future supply chain capability

The first step of the transformation plan involves taking a complex structure and simplifying it so that every job falls into basic supply chain functions. For instance, anybody involved in planning—be it production planning, replenishment, or new product launches—is placed in the planning group. 

After the supply chain functions are reorganized, the second objective of the supply chain transformation: reducing costs and improving efficiencies. For instance, the manufacturing group develops a more efficient model for delivering coffee beans to its processing plants, with the goal of manufacturing in the region where the product is sold. 

Future Supply Chain Capability

The creation of a single, global logistics system becomes extremely important in a far-flung supply chain. In undertaking all of the steps to reduce operating costs and improve execution, coffee retailers must lay the foundation for future supply chain capabilities. 

The importance of transforming your supply chain can improve costs and efficiency without compromising service delivery. Greater control over your growing business or subsidiary with SAP Business One is the single solution that streamlines your key processes – from accounting and customer relationship management (CRM) to supply chain management and purchasing.

Proactively meet customer and supplier demand with SAP Business One. Improve everything from demand planning to inventory and supply chain management, run flexible, tightly integrated processes to achieve operational excellence through:

  • End-to-end visibility – Get full visibility into your business, including accounts, inventory, sales order processing, invoicing, and deliveries
  • Supply chain and supplier management – Streamline your supply chain processes, and build and manage your supplier network
  • Chargeback management – Increase profitability with smarter, more efficient chargeback management
  • Ordering and order processing – Improve the overall customer experience with multi-channel ordering and fast order processing
  • Reporting – Create fast, accurate reports on inbound and outbound shipments, inventory, and item locations
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