Thursday, May 15, 2014

IFS Applications gives 120-year-old Benders Paper Cups new lease of life

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, today announces that Benders Paper Cups, Europe's only dedicated paper cup manufacturing business, has chosen IFS Applications™ 8 as its new ERP solution to reinvent its technology capabilities and capitalize on its growth potential.

Based in Wrexham, UK, Benders manufactures paper cups for hot drinks. Under new ownership, the company will rip its current archaic IT system and replace it with IFS Applications in order to bring Benders into the 21st Century. The decision will enable Benders to improve efficiency throughout the business and upgrade important manufacturing machinery.

The deployment is due to go live this December with IFS Applications for manufacturing, supply chain and finance, which will enable Benders Paper Cups to revitalize operations across the business—from having the proper IT infrastructure in place for equipment upgrades to allowing the finance team to process direct debit transactions. With a total workforce of 125, Benders is also implementing IFS mobility in terms of touch app authorization and mobile warehouse transactions.

IFS was selected ahead of SAP and Infor following a competitive tender process, thanks to the team’s manufacturing industry expertise and the solution’s agile architecture.

Mark de Meza, Financial Director at Benders Paper Cups, said: “The hot drinks market in the UK has exploded over the past few years—not just with a Starbucks on every corner but with hundreds of independent coffee shops, too. As the only dedicated paper cup manufacturing business in Europe, and making all our cups in the UK, we supply a huge number of these outlets.

“There is a big opportunity for us to sell more cups both in the UK and on the continent, but we had little hope of doing that with an archaic IT system that hadn’t been updated for over a decade. We want to double the size of the business and the IFS Applications implementation is the foundation from which we will build.

Paul Massey, Managing Director of IFS Europe West, said: “We’re helping bring a company with a very old IT infrastructure into the present day—they’ve gone from spreadsheets and paper to a fully integrated ERP system with mobile apps for employees. IFS Applications will ensure the entire business will run more smoothly, with significant focus on empowering employees to work smarter and improving efficiencies.”

About Benders Paper Cups

Benders Paper Cups is the UK’s only dedicated manufacturer of paper hot cups.  All of its cups are made in the UK at its BRC accredited factory in Wrexham, North Wales, and supplied across the UK and Europe through the Speciality Coffee, Vending, QSR, and On-The-Go markets. Benders is fully committed to the highest standards of manufacturing and environmental practice, and is zero waste to landfill.

About IFS

IFS™ is a globally recognized leader in developing and delivering business software that helps companies increase agility in three core areas: enterprise resource planning (ERP), enterprise asset management (EAM), and enterprise service management (ESM). Using deep industry-focused expertise, IFS empowers customers in targeted sectors to become as agile as their thinking. IFS is a public company (XSTO: IFS) that was founded in 1983, and currently has over 2,600 employees. IFS supports more than 2,200 customers worldwide from local offices and through partners in more than 60 countries. For more information visit: www.ifsworld.com.

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