FiscalityONE Case Study – W. Smith Packaging
- W. Smith Packaging (merged into Smithpack Limited) was a large nationwide manufacturer of corrugated packaging and wooden crates.
- Formed in the 1960’s, the company latterly grew substantially through the acquisition of competitors and established a nationwide presence of standalone manufacturing sites.
- The company benefited from there being significant technical acuity within its management and was very forward thinking with regards to embracing technology.
- The company had inherited various outdated, incompatible and unsupported systems across various sites.
- Extracted data came in multiple incompatible formats.
- Regular financial reporting was a growing burden and increasingly time consuming.
- Period-end cut offs were a moving target.
- As each site was operating a different system and difficult to standardise procedures.
Software and Hardware
- The general IT at several sites was completely upgraded and small Windows servers were installed at various sites
- Several industrial Symbol laser scanners were procured.
- Large and small industrial Zebra barcode label printers were installed.
- We conducted extensive systems analysis, gaining a thorough understanding of each person’s job.
- We created bespoke production and supplier purchase order documents (with the necessary rules-based functionality).
- We barcode labelled all stock at each site.
- Scanned Customer Shipments were implemented.
- A full barcoded stock-take was performed and the database corrected.
- The necessary bespoke reporting was designed, including:
- Works Orders
- Purchase Orders
- Customer Billings
- Customer Shipment Notes
- Stock Movement Sheets
- Order Fulfilment Sheets
- Logistics Planning Sheets
- Customer Statements
- Supplier Remittance Advices.
Conclusion And Benefits
The implementation at W. Smith Packaging brought massive and widespread improvements to the company, and the benefits were enjoyed for many years of trouble free operation.
- All of the existing legacy systems were dropped.
- A unified system on which to operate and grow the business.
- Consistent applications and database at all sites.
- Drastic reduction in manufacturing errors and issues.
- Much better stock control and warehouse management.
- Easier and faster reporting.
- Fewer errors.