What the Britehouse difference gives you
Our more than ten years of successful implementation of supply chain management solutions for some of South Africa and Africa’s largest organisations enables you to benefit from:
- Transformation of supply chain operations into an adaptive fulfillment supply chain in which customers, suppliers, and partners share knowledge and resources
- Increase in competitiveness through the ability to respond more rapidly and effectively to changes in supply and demand
- Integrated transportation management that supports end-to-end business processes, reduces costs. and improves efficiency
- The power of SAP database, technology, and analytics solutions for state-of-the-art analysis and data-intensive planning, enabling faster processing and better-informed decisions.
With globalisation, digitisation of products and services, and ever-increasing insistence on environmental stewardship, supply chain management (SCM) has become significantly more complex as a discipline. As a result, it figures prominently in an organisation’s risk management efforts.
That said, properly executed, supply chain management can be a major contributor to cost reduction, efficiency improvements – and risk mitigation. In fact, with the right technology deployed with full awareness of how inextricably supply chain management is interwoven with every other business process in the organisation, SCM can actually be a driver of profit and sustainability.
As technology futurologists, that is where we focus our SCM initiatives on our customer’s behalf. Why? Because we believe that the financial and other resources expended on implementing an SCM solution must deliver long-term benefits. It is not sufficient simply to pay for your SCM project with the cost savings it delivers. Your SCM must continuously enhance the entire organisation’s bottom line and, with our insight into where technology can take an organisation, we can ensure that it does.
Our insight is based on more than a decade of experience of using SAP’s supply chain management solutions. Our primary focus is to enable businesses to work more efficiently by enabling innovation and making the digital economy work for our customers.
A globalised, steadily digitising marketplace that is still fighting to emerge from recession is not an environment in which your procurement division should be functioning without visibility into demand, suppliers, and compliance levels.
Inefficient, non-standardised procurement constitutes a fundamental risk to your sustainability because it impairs your ability to operate and erodes profit through spend for which you cannot adequately account.
In the modern, digital era of business. it is an entirely unnecessary financial and information haemorrhage. With the right systems in place, not only can the bleeding be stopped but your organisation can actually turn procurement into a pro-active enabler of success.
Globally, organisations are realising that procurement must be an integral part of the drive to instantiate new approaches to savings that were developed during the downturn. As a consequence, there is relentless pressure to provide spend visibility and management. And, as the supply base becomes progressively more global, so supply instability grows. This creates an urgent need for insight into levels of supply risk.
In addition, increasing emphasis on green procurement brings with it a proliferation of global and regional regulation that must be tracked and complied with. All this complexity means that, for employees to be fully productive, they need intuitive, automated, and integrated processes.
For all these reasons, Britehouse helps you find ways to standardise and enforce user adoption of processes to reduce procure to pay costs. This includes preventing maverick buying by enforcing contract and process compliance and, in the process, maximising spend.
It also entails enabling suppliers to collaborate via onboarding, communication, engagement, and visibility – and harmonising systems to enable end-to-end processes and ensure lower total cost of ownership.
Research by the Aberdeen and Hackett groups shows that world class procurement teams have 71% of procurement spend under management, have 86% of their purchase orders compliant with contracts, are achieving 8.3% incremental revenue from supplier innovations, have 60% of invoices paid early enough to secure discounts, and need only 5.3 days to process an invoice from receipt through to settlement – at an average cost of only $7,78 per invoice.
Many of these top performing procurement teams use SAP’s on-premise solutions. Others use SAP’s cloud offering – Ariba, a network of 1.4 million trading partners across all industries. It processes in excess of 40 million purchase orders and more than 65 million invoices, all amounting to $500 billion in spend.
Through Britehouse, whether you use the on-premise solution or Ariba, you gain access to procurement best practice and a depth of cross-industry expertise and experience that is not available from any other single platform or system. There is no aspect of procurement that is not automated or simplified and there is no area of procurement into which you cannot gain visibility.
Britehouse has also taken full advantage of the ability of SAP’s single, unified platform, Extended Warehouse Management (EWM), to enable organisations to execute the perfect order: the right product, in the right place, at the right time – and, thereby, turn the movement of inventory into a profit centre.
EWM enables the perfect order through higher process and stock visibility and, as a consequence, better warehouse planning and more efficient distribution and storage processes.
Visibility across all nodes in the network is key to anticipating supply chain disruptions and pro-actively selecting the best way to respond across the entire logistics network
EWM provides this visibility by enabling flexible, automated means to plan, source, procure, store, organise, control, monitor, transport, and deliver products.
It is designed specifically to work in high-volume warehouses with complex processes. Completely integrated into inventory management and delivery processing, it brings planning and execution functions closer together. Business processes triggered in other application components lead to physical goods movements in the warehouse.
SAP EWM addresses:
- Very fast and very slow moving items competing for the same warehouse space
- Customer demand for order accuracy and perfect order timing
- Vast product differences – size, weight, model year, serial number, country of origin, batch and valuation
- Complex cross-docking and order fulfillment processes
- Integration of third-party logistics services for packaging (inbound) and packing (outbound) of products
- Detailed packaging and shipping logistics by supporting master bill of lading and a variety of packing options
- Control of work processes inside and outside the warehouse. These include bundling, waves, spreading, resource management, work order, kitting, labelling, outside dock, and yard management
- Third-party logistics and outsourcing support for consolidators and carriers using portal capabilities
EWM also supports work processes that, until now, have been addressed only by non-integrated, niche solutions. Its distribution techniques are aimed at dramatically improving service levels while reducing capital investment in inventories.
SAP Transportation Management (SAP TM)
We are also specialists in transportation management, using SAP Transport Management (TM)
Ever-increasing customer demands for efficiency are putting companies under enormous pressure to achieve ever-better transportation accuracy, speed, and flexibility in very complex environments.
However, most organisations are hampered by:
- Lack of real time visibility across the supply chain
- Disparate transportation systems each with their own with enterprise planning functions, trading partners, and key carriers
- Increasing transportation costs
- Declining customer service as on-time deliveries become more difficult to achieve
- Complexity of commercial transportation
- Difficulty in managing a worldwide network of partners and logistics service providers
Holistic transportation management is the only way to overcome these challenges. It entails supporting the complete order lifecycle in order to plan, consolidate, and optimise all shipments – inbound and outbound, domestic and international – while taking into account real-world constraints and costs. It also calls for the transportation solution to be integrated with other business processes so that collaboration at all levels of the business and visibility into every aspect of the business become possible.
SAP TM does all of this,
It reduces transportation costs and improves logistics readiness, flexibility, and efficiency by enabling integrated storage, fulfillment, and transportation processes with no data redundancy and reduced integration risk. All inbound and outbound domestic and international freight can therefore be managed in the same environment with traceability and visibility of orders, shipments, items, and logistics processes. Carrier communication, capacity bookings, tariff management, and billing are adaptable to any organisation’s needs and SAP TM’s powerful analytics measure important process metrics.
Key features of the solution include transportation requirements management, freight planning and optimisation, optimisation of transportation plans, reduction of costs and improvement of customer service, interactive and automated freight tendering, integrated carrier booking, accurate freight costing and settlement.