By Alex Malouf
Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi and Bros. National Bottling Co., Pepsi's soft drinks bottler in Saudi Arabia aims to optimize a range of mission-critical business processes through automation and web collaboration.
Ahmad Hamad Al Gosaibi and Bros. National Bottling Co. will soon begin deploying Scala Business Solutions’ iScala 2.2 Collaborative enterprise resources planning (ERP) system to centralise several processes such as manufacturing, asset management, and financials. The adoption of iScala 2.2 will help the Pepsi bottler increase return on investments through cost-efficiency and time-scheduled business processes in line with the company’s growth target.
“It was high time that we deploy IT solutions to streamline our operations across the board for better control as well as to lower costs,” says Hassan Zatar, financial manager, Ahmad Hamad Al Gosaibi and Bros National Bottling Co.
“We are confident that the implementation of iScala 2.2 will make a positive impact on the company’s bottomline since it will reduce costs through better management of time, skills and assets as well as through better production management schedules in line with market realities,” he adds.
IScala was the Saudi firm’s preferred choice after evaluating a variety of solutions from other ERP vendors in the Kingdom. According to Khalid Shafa, IT manager at Ahmad Hamad Al Gosaibi and Bros National Bottling Co., decisive factors proved to be iScala’s adaptability with other systems and the favourable Return on Investment (ROI) rate.
“An important criterion for us in selecting Scala was its excellent integration capabilities since the ERP system will have to link a range of business processes seamlessly covering the whole gamut of our operation. Another compelling factor in favour of iScala 2.2 was its lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) compared to many of its competitors in the market. Predominantly, the advantage was getting an ERP system which gave us higher Tier 1 functionality at the cost of Tier 2 ERP,” he adds.
The Pepsi bottler will implement all the modules of iScala 2.2. The installation will cover several modules including financials which will provide an integrated ledger infrastructure to capture multidimensional financial transactions, asset management for single-point information on asset-related data, warehouse management for better quality and batch control, material management for a tight grip on deliveries, and manufacturing and productions for planning and scheduling.