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A G Barr chooses Infor for supply chain management suite

Cliff Saran

Drinks manufacturer A G Barr has begun implementing InforSupply Chain Management (SCM) Demand Planning to improve production planning.

The UK manufacturer of Irn-Bru, Orangina and Tizer is planning to use Infor as part of a collaborative planning effort to ensure the supermarkets are kept in stock with its range of soft drinks.

The roll-out, which began in June and is due to be completed in September, will support a team of 34 forecasters. Infor will be used to increase the frequency of forecasting from a monthly to a daily cycle, allowing the soft drinks maker to ramp up or reduce production runs of certain lines.

The software has already helped the company cope with the torrential rain in July. Matthew Baxter, demand planning manager for A G Barr, said, "We usually see increased demand for soft drinks in the hot weather, but we had to change the forecast model hugely due to the weather during July."

The Infor software provides graphs and reports along with planning data. Baxter said the reports allow him to analyse trends in far more detail than he could previously. "I can now manage by exception, by looking at customers by stock-keeping unit, where my forecast is out by a certain amount."

The data provided by the Infor forecasts is fed into the company's Advanced Planning System, developed by Workplace, which generates a tactical plan known as factory demand to determine the quantity of a particular soft drink to manufacture. This information is then used in then production run, which is controlled by an MFG Pro ERP system.

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