Southern Alps, a producer of premium dried fruits and cereals, has announced the successful implementation of XKOs Fourman ERP Software.

Southern Alps range of products is dependent on it sourcing ingredients from all over the world, and from its base in Kent it supplies delicatessens and finer food stores throughout the UK and also as far a field as France, Switzerland and even Russia.  The dependence on an efficient supply chain meant the ERP system was critical to the success of the business.

Mo Almassi, Managing Director of Southern Alps, comments, A new ERP system was a significant investment for us so we had to be confident it would provide a quantifiable return on investment. Fourman has not disappointed and has had a significant impact of the efficiency of the supply chain. For instance we have been able to reduce the time it takes to book raw materials such as fruit and cereals to five minutes where it was previously taking in excess of forty.

The company has recently achieved accreditation by the British Retail Consortium, this was helped in part by the successful implementation of Fourman and in particular by its advanced traceability features which formed part of the accreditation process itself. Southern Alps is now trialing the systems works order booking system which will go live in the next few weeks.

Almassi concludes, The implementation time consumed was kept to a minimum by XKO and caused minimal disruption to the day-to-day workings of our business. In fact it was so efficient that it took just 11 days on site for XKO to get us up and running with the system, and this included having some handheld devices available from day one. We are very happy with both the software and service provided by XKO and look forward to working with them again in the future.


About XKO Software Limited

XKO Software Limited is the UKs leading supplier of mid-range ERP systems to manufacturers, distributors and merchants. The company offers systems tailored to the needs of specific vertical markets and has grown organically and through acquisition since 1999.  Over 1,000 firms in the UK and Europe rely on XKOs products and services. Marlin Equity Partners acquired the formerly AIM listed business in 2006.

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