29 September, 2010

WellPet Continues to Reduce Customer Lead Times with IFS Applications

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, announced today that WellPet has successfully gone live with IFS Applications at its Indiana manufacturing plant.

WellPet, developer, manufacturer and marketer of premium natural pet foods, has been running IFS Applications at its corporate office since 2004. But a recent merger left the business running two separate ERP systems. In order to streamline processes and gain real-time visibility in WellPet’s manufacturing facility, management decided to replace a legacy ERP system run at its Mishawaka, Indiana manufacturing plant with IFS Applications.

The solutions that were implemented were IFS Manufacturing, IFS Distribution, and an integrated automated data collection through IFS partner Radley Corporation.

"This IFS Applications implementation will allow us the ability to automate our lot traceability procedure within our manufacturing plant, automate real-time performance metrics, improve production scheduling efficiencies and reduce lead times to customers," WellPet Vice President of Operations Beth Wilson said.

Wilson’s role during the IFS Applications implementation as the senior oversight committee member gave her valuable insight on project success factors. "IFS provided our project team with full-time implementation management as well as subject matter consultants to review and provide guidance on our business processes. We believe this greatly contributed to our highly successful launch with IFS Applications in our manufacturing facility."

"Standardizing on IFS Applications is a very sound strategy for uniting divisions or multiple locations into a unified company," IFS North America President and CEO Cindy Jaudon said. "IFS Applications is uniquely suited to meet the diverse needs of growing manufacturing companies like WellPet."

The process industry is one of IFS’ seven targeted markets. IFS provides industry-specific functionality for enterprises in food and beverage, chemicals, pulp and paper and metals. IFS Applications for the food & beverage industry provides support for all critical business processes, including catch weight, multiple units of measure, recipe management, quality management, and demand planning. The application suite also includes solutions for enterprise asset management, product lifecycle management, customer relationship management, finance and human resource management. IFS customers in the food & beverage industry include Pepsi, PFX Pet Foods, Spirits, Heaven Hill Distilleries Inc., Natures Path, Chingford Fruit, Bridor, Cloetta-Fazer and Kettle Foods. Other IFS process industry customers include DuPont, Jotun, Flint Group, Imerys, Willamette Valley Company, Akzo Nobel, Becker Industrial Coatings, Dyrup, SSAB, Hutmen, Nucor Corp., Holmen Paper and SCA Graphics.

About WellPet

WellPet is home to a portfolio of premium natural pet food brands including Wellness®, Old Mother Hubbard®, Eagle Pack® and Holistic Select®. For over 80 years, this collection of brands has had an unwavering commitment to nutritional innovation and product quality. Acknowledged as leaders in the industry, the company promises: "Your pet's wellbeing is at the heart of all we do, that's why we do whatever it takes to make the healthiest natural products for the pets that depend on us." WellPet products are sold in pet specialty stores and natural food stores across Canada and the United States. For more information, please visit www.wellpet.com or call 1.800.225.0904.

About IFS

IFS is a public company (OMX STO: IFS) founded in 1983 that develops, supplies, and implements IFS Applications™, a component-based extended ERP suite built on SOA technology. IFS focuses on agile businesses where any of four core processes are strategic: Service & asset management, manufacturing, supply chain and projects. The company has 2,000 customers and is present in more than 50 countries with 2,700 employees in total.

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