OUTPERFORM Planning at Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa

Coca-Cola: One planning platform to cover the business

During the integration planning phase of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, it was agreed that Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa will implement a Demand Driven MRP Supply Chain Planning methodology, focusing on shorter cycle times and more frequent changeovers, synchronizing all daily supply chain activities from production, to warehouse, to distribution, according to a calculated model stock as setup in REMIRA OUTPERFORM Planning.

Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa

Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) employs over 7000 people at 13 manufacturing facilities across the country. As a subsidiary of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) and a bottler for The Coca-Cola Company, they refresh Africa with their delicious beverages every day. The company is accelerating sustainable, profitable sales growth in all categories and offers an innovative product portfolio that meets customer needs and consumer preferences.

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The Challenges 

  • Data Integration
    The required input data needs to be imported from all six systems, three times a day to support a 24 hour planning cycle that requires morning and afternoon revision of the supply plans and production schedules.
  • System Responsiveness
    The activity increased from a network of five sites to thirteen sites spread across South Africa impacting system responsiveness which required the hardware and network responsiveness to be evaluated.
  • System knowledge/super user availability
    Due to the multiple business system integration projects, the individuals with the system knowledge, acting as super users, were not readily available to the team, causing delays.

"OUTPERFORM Planning is the basis of our Integrated Lean Supply Chain and has already proven to be useful to bring our stock outs down"

Andrew Ferrett, Supply Chain Director

The Solution

  • Single SAP platform
    Moving the different businesses onto a single SAP platform, prioritizing the businesses that requires manual downloads.
  • Product mapping tables
    Product mapping tables were created to make a single master data list.
  • Training
    Training material was developed to enroll new plants
  • Senior planners
    Central team structure provides for dedicated resources to improve the Demand Driven MRP planning parameters in Outperform.

The Impact

Comparing Peak (Oct – Jan) 2015 to 2016, OOS (Out-of-Stock) reduced from 4% to 2.4%, avoiding 2M Cases of lost sales while finish goods inventory remained the same in nominal value.


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