Dunn-Edwards selects Catalyst to pilot store-based product cycle-counting solution

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Catalyst, a business unit of CDC Global Services, is piloting a solution for U.S. paint manufacturer, Dunn-Edwards, to provide an automated solution for stock cycle counting within Dunn-Edwards contractor stores.

By using the native SAP data collection solution, SAP console, Dunn-Edwards is able to leverage hand held bar code readers to execute transactions in the companys SAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, thereby reducing the amount of time taken to complete this task by at least half. Following the pilot, Dunn-Edwards plans to roll the solution out to all its stores, potentially saving more than 50 man hours each day. 

We implement daily cycle-counting procedures at each of our stores in order to gain an ongoing measure of inventory accuracy and process execution, said Bart Bosveld, manager, SAP Systems Group, Dunn-Edwards. Our existing system is paper-based, which takes approximately 60 to 75 minutes to complete and is subject to human error. We now have the potential to reduce this time and increase the overall accuracy of the process. 

Dunn-Edwards recently utilized Catalysts solutions to deliver SAP Warehouse Management and SAP console at its regional store support center in San Diego. We knew Catalyst provides quality work and felt confident they would offer a solution to this challenge as well. Our project teams mapped out a solution and Catalyst made it happen. We are now piloting the solution at two of our stores, adds Bosveld. 

Catalysts solution includes the incorporation of new hand held computers for bar code reading and wireless integration with the SAP system. The pilot sites have already seen an instant impact on both speed and accuracy. They are saving approximately 30 minutes per day, per store, which is expected to result in a savings of approximately 50 man hours each day when fully deployed. This significant reduction in operating costs, coupled with improved inventory accuracy, planning and forecasting benefits, will deliver a very powerful solution, said Bosveld.  

Brian Thorn, vice president of sales and operations, Catalyst, concludes, Catalyst combines unrivalled knowledge and experience of both SAP and supply chain execution to deliver solutions that truly meet customer requirements. For Dunn-Edwards, we listened closely to their objectives and were able to design and implement a solution that is delivering the desired results. This is our strength and we are delighted to help increase efficiency, productivity and profitability for Dunn-Edwards by providing a solution that meets their very specific and important needs.


About Catalyst

Catalyst, Inc. is an SAP services company specializing in building and implementing business solutions for enterprise requirements in supply chain execution, planning, and management. Catalyst excels at helping organizations with complex distribution networks in the retail, manufacturing, life sciences, process, and consumer packaged good sectors; as well as parts distribution for the automotive, aerospace, and electronics industries. Catalyst serves hundreds of customers around the world from its headquarters in Newtown, PA, USA and its European headquarters in London, England. Catalyst is a business unit of CDC Global Services.


Dunn-Edwards, the largest employee-owned paint manufacturer in the U.S., was founded in 1925 and now has more than 1,800 employees, over 95 stores. The company provides a complete range of premium architectural paint, painting supplies and equipment for both the professional painter and consumer markets.  

About CDC Global Services

CDC Global Services provides IT consulting services, including platform-specific services for Microsoft and SAP, as well as project management, staff augmentation, managed help desk solutions and a full range of outsourced service offerings .  We can also provide hardware for data collection and RFID, through partnerships with some of the industrys most reputable vendors.  CDC Global Services embraces a customer-first approach, which means we are able to draw upon a wide range of expert resources to address each customers unique business needs, while keeping their best interest as a top priority. CDC Global Services customers benefit from streamlined vendor management and the ability to control project costs, while being able to access the right IT resources through a singular point of contact.  Find out how CDC Global Services can help achieve your organizations IT goals.

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