Intelligent CIO APAC Issue 22 - Page 65


Foodex Group opts for Infor as part of global IT overhaul

Infor , the industry cloud company , has announced that Foodex Group , a Japanese food importer and distributor , has selected Infor CloudSuite Distribution Enterprise , a cloud-ERP platform with pre-built capabilities for food and beverage distributors .

At the same time , Foodex Group has chosen a ‘ One Infor ’ approach , entrusting the company with the entire project through a mission of consulting , support and services delivered in SaaS mode throughout the project .
Foodex was created in Paris in 1992 by a team of gastronomy enthusiasts who wanted to share the treasures of Japanese cuisine with European consumers . Over the years , Foodex has expanded in Europe by creating or acquiring distribution subsidiaries .
Foodex was acquired in 2010 by the Japanese group Takara Shuzô International , the leader and historical producer of Sake in Japan . Since 2018 , Foodex has also expanded its export activities with deliveries throughout Europe .
The group ’ s 350 employees now supply more than 10,000 customers with more than 2,500 references in line with market trends and needs .
Adeline Colinet , Foodex ’ s IT Project Director , said : “ Having worked for years in a Microsoft environment , we had planned to remain consistent with our initial choices . However , meeting the Infor team and discovering a solution that is entirely dedicated to our business in terms of functionality , led us to reconsider our position .”
Multi-site , multi-company , multi-currency and multi-lingual , Infor ’ s CloudSuite , covers the main needs of large international food distributors as standard : from omnichannel sales and order management , through purchasing , inventory and supply management , financial management and associated analytical reporting with the implementation of the Infor Birst BI module .
Colinet continues : “ The functional richness of the solution , its standard adaptation to our business specificities , its fully integrated approach within a single interface , as well as its advantages in terms of agility , scalability and speed of deployment , were particularly attractive to us . Deployed in a multi-tenant cloud environment – running on AWS – will allow us to outsource our maintenance and upgrade processes to Infor ’ s teams , allowing our users to focus on higher valueadded tasks .”
Selected key users of Foodex , assisted by a team of Infor consultants , evaluated the solution in approximately 10 workshops that were organized during a six-month evaluation period .
Foodex Management made a final decision for Infor CloudSuite Distribution Enterprise at the end of 2021 . At the same time , Infor ’ s management team has become the sponsor and guarantor of the success of the project , by engaging three of its executive managers at the highest level . While a project team is being set up at Foodex , the solution is expected to be rolled out in two stages .
Frédéric Russo , Infor ’ s SVP for International Sales , concludes : “ The excellent collaboration between our teams and those of Foodex from the start of the project was a real factor in accelerating their decision to trust us . Our knowledge of the sector , our international multi-country and multi-site approach based on a single solution available on AWS in the multi-tenant cloud , as well as our ability to harmonize and implement processes for reporting results , subsidiary by subsidiary , in order to consolidate and optimize the budget development plan , all made the difference .” p
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