Major UK fruit importer - Eurodix - orders SSI TROPOS ERP solution

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Providing comprehensive supply-chain visibility and replaces multiple spreadsheet-based reporting

SSI, a Chelford Group company and provider of ERP and supply chain management solutions for regulated industries including food, has announced a major order for its TROPOS ERP solution from Eurodix, one of the UK's largest importers of citrus and other popular fruits. Eurodix can now achieve full visibility across its supply chain - from tracking consignments of fruit arriving from overseas growers, to delivery and packing at the company's Peterborough site - by replacing cumbersome spreadsheet reports with a fully integrated ERP system. TROPOS will enable staff to precisely monitor every area of the supply-chain in real-time, supporting faster and easier decision making processes as the company delivers fresh fruit daily to the UK's leading supermarkets.

Eurodix will be able to instantly view key product information through a central information repository as soon as fruit shipments arrive in the country, to be stored, monitored and packed at the company's 60,000sq ft complex. The company recently invested in a state-of-the art cold storage facility, and the implementation of TROPOS ensures Eurodix maintains its high standards of product and service quality.

"Eurodix imports over six million boxes of fresh fruit every year, so it is essential that each employee has access to a quick, easy-to-use interface to monitor every process within the operation," commented Stuart Wyllie, Finance Controller at Eurodix. "Every day, goods arrive from all over the world, and stock is dispatched to destinations throughout the UK, so it is critical that we have complete visibility of stock information - quantities, prices and storage requirements. By streamlining internal operational and decision making processes, TROPOS will ensure Eurodix maintains the exceptional quality of product and service delivery that our customers have come to depend on."

"We had been considering an ERP solution for a number of years as our old legacy tools were becoming increasingly inadequate for what we wanted to do," added John Hawdon, Eurodix Managing Director. "Each department was running its own system, mostly through spreadsheets. The limitations of running disparate reporting methods were becoming obvious and, as a result, information could not be shared effectively throughout the company. In the end, we decided that SSIs solution offered the best flexibility and capabilities."

"Visibility is an absolute necessity for a company like Eurodix, where stock turnover is quick, and goods have specific storage requirements," commented Neville Merritt, Group Marketing Director, Chelford Group. "TROPOS will ensure that the staff at Eurodix can quickly and precisely extract the information they require, without having to sift through spreadsheets. This ensures that business processes are smoother and easier, and improves decision making throughout the supply chain."

The order further extends SSI's well-established customer base within the food industry, which includes well-known names such as Wrights Pies, George Adams and Fox's Confectionery.

About Eurodix

Eurodix is one of the UK's largest privately-owned importers of citrus and other popular fruits, importing over 6 million boxes of fresh fruit from all over the world into the country every year. The firm has established partnerships with the UK's leading supermarkets and retailers whose quality standards and expectations for fresh produce are higher and more demanding than anywhere in the world.

About SSI

SSI specialises in the implementation and lifecycle support of web-optimised manufacturing and supply chain solutions for highly regulated process industries and 'lean' discrete manufacturers.

SSI is the developer of the class-leading TROPOS(tm) ERP solution, selected by many companies in the food and drink, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and mill based manufacturing sectors. 'Lean' discrete manufacturers also benefit from significantly reduced lead times by using the TROPOS demand-pull model.

SSI offers end-to-end supply chain solutions including inventory optimisation, advanced planning, data collection systems and business intelligence solutions.

To complement its application solutions, SSI provides all the services required for lifecycle support with a single point of responsibility: project management, application implementation support, hosted application services, hosted web collaboration, remote managed services, bespoke systems development, systems integration, web development and technical consultancy.

Since 1982, SSI has been providing competitive advantage to a client base operating in the mid market, including small companies and subsidiaries of multinationals and large independent companies: Fox's Confectionery, Saxbys, G&J Greenall, Adams Pork Products, Uniq, Inter Link Foods,  Allergy Therapeutics, Corus, Shell, Brintons Carpets, Rangemaster, Turtle Wax and CWV (formerly Vymura). Recent wins include and Wrights Pies and Almac Sciences.

SSI is part of the AIM-quoted Chelford Group (CHR).

About The Chelford Group

Chelford provides solutions in supply chain, ERP, manufacturing, warehousing & distribution, automated data capture and Microsoft technology based applications. Chelford solutions are supported with services in systems strategy, project management, business process change management, systems integration, managed services and facilities management. Chelford Group companies include: Strategic Systems International Limited (SSI);.Chelford SAP Solutions Limited; Agility Systems Limited; Chelford Solutions For Microsoft Limited and RFID Solutions Centre Limited. Chelford Group has offices in Basingstoke, Darlington and Glasgow.


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