Mar 30, 2021

FuturMaster partners on Pernod Ricard supply chain overhaul

Rhys Thomas
2 min
The global wine and spirit giant will deploy FuturMaster’s cloud-based demand and supply planning solutions to “meet the challenges of tomorrow”
The global wine and spirit giant will deploy FuturMaster’s cloud-based demand and supply planning solutions to “meet the challenges of tomorrow...

Pernod Ricard Group, the world’s second largest wine and spirits company, is strengthening the agility and resiliency of its cognac and champagne supply chains through a suite of cloud-based solutions from FuturMaster

Part of its ‘Transform & Accelerate’ group project, Pernod Ricard will deploy FuturMaster's cloud-based Demand and Supply Planning solutions to improve customer service and streamline demand planning and forecasting to support growth. 

FuturMaster was selected for the transformation project “for its business expertise and the ergonomics of its solution," explains Mathilde Bechetoille, Supply Chain Planning Manager at Mumm Perrier-Jouët.

The overarching vision is “to improve the performance of our supply chain to meet the challenges of tomorrow,” adds Loïc Morvan, Supply Chain Director at Martell Mumm Perrier-Jouët. 

Improvement, optimisation, collaboration

FuturMaster’s solutions will enable Loic and the planning teams to tackle three major issues at a time when agility and planing are paramount: “improving our service level, optimising our stocks and finally getting all the players to collaborate around a single solution and thus gaining agility in operational and strategic decision-making”. 

"This project demonstrates FuturMaster's ability to support an ambitious and decisive transformation in the fulfilment of the Pernod Ricard Group's strategy"

Yacine Zeroual, Southern Europe General Manager at FuturMaster

Greater visibility will empower the scheduling and supply departments, improve their productivity through an ergonomic, user-friendly tool, and allow them to concentrate on high value-added tasks. Establishing bottling and packaging programs, and identifying the supply needs in components and liquid manufacturing, will arm them with greater insight. Using its integrated Bill of Supply (BOS) and Optimiser, FurturMaster’s solution will also enable Martell Mumm Perrier-Jouët to navigate the processes that are unique to the types of beverages and products it offers. 

“The planning process differs from Cognac to Champagne,” Morvan explains. “We needed a sufficiently robust solution to be able to manage both pull flows (MTO) and push flows (MTS) to calculate the production plan sequences starting from the bottling/capping plan and going up to the assembly plan for cognac and the riddling plan for champagne.”

"Martell Mumm Perrier-Jouët's project is fully in line with FuturMaster's value proposition,” says Yacine Zeroual, Southern Europe General Manager at FuturMaster. “It involves reconciling agility, resilience, and responsiveness to strengthen the Martell Mumm Perrier-Jouët subsidiary's capacity to manage its supply chain. Our client will be able to take advantage of FuturMaster's unique data model to synchronise all the decisions made in its organisation's different process levels. This project demonstrates FuturMaster's ability to support an ambitious and decisive transformation in the fulfilment of the Pernod Ricard Group's strategy.”

Top image credit: Pernod Ricard Group

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Jun 16, 2021

Grupo Espinosa: 70 years of constant evolution

Macmillan Education
Grupo Espinosa
3 min
A proudly Mexican company servicing the publishing industry with best-in-class printing, storage and distribution facilities in the heart of Latin America

Founded in 1952, Grupo Espinosa has been relentlessly supporting the publishing industry with producing more than 100 million copies every year – whether its books, magazines, catalogues or single-order custom prints. No project is big or small for Grupo Espinosa, as the facility can scale up on demand and their turnaround times are highly competitive. Grupo Espinosa works with on-demand digital press or offset press, in paperback with glued softcover binding, PUR softcover binding, stitched paperback binding, binder’s board, hardcover, saddle stitched, Spiral or Wire-O. Equipped with the experience needed for a product to leave the plant ready for distribution, Grupo Espinosa delivers anywhere inside or outside Mexico. Traditionally starting off as a black and white printing press, Grupo Espinosa has experienced transformation first hand – from colour to digital offset printing. Currently, Grupo Espinosa is also looking at making capital investments into audio books to match with the increasing demand. 

So how did a seemingly local operation in Latin America become a world-renowned printing facility trusted by hundreds of clients? As Rogelio Tirado, CFO of Grupo Espinosa for the last six years says “It all comes down to our market experience and our dedication to quality”. With nearly 70 years behind them, and located in Mexico City, Grupo Espinosa has two major locations – one spanning 75,000 square metres and the other about 45,000 square metres. Both locations are controlled by a single ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system ensuring speed, consistency and quality of work. Tirado says this isn’t their only competitive advantage. He adds “Our competitive advantage is the relationship we have with customers and the trust they put in us with their intellectual property”. Speaking of trust, global publishing giant Macmillan Education exclusively partners with Grupo Espinosa for their Latin America operations, as part of Macmillan’s decentralized hub strategy. Having a facility that offered the full spectrum of service – from storing digital content to printing and distributing – was one of the major requirements for Macmillan, and Grupo Espinosa was recognized as the leading printing hub for providing this 360 infrastructure. Another factor that has led to success for Grupo Espinosa is the absolute focus on quality and time. The staff are committed to providing the best quality in the best possible time, without causing wastage of resources. Sustainability is a huge factor playing into Grupo Espinosa’s operations, and they’ve created a healthy environment with the sustainable use of paper and energy resources as well as keeping their employees – most of them associated with the organisation for over 10 years – happy. He adds, “In order to be truly successful, you need to be good to the environment, employees, suppliers, and your customers. But most importantly, you need to be sustainable, you need to have proper working conditions, pay proper salaries, proper prices for paper, source the paper from sustainable sources, pay your taxes,  basically be a good global corporate citizen and that's probably one of the biggest achievements that we have.”

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