I began working with VisionID in 2013 for an international roll out of a rugged mobile computing and industrial label printing solution as part of our Kerry Connect program. Integrating our warehouse and production systems throughout our sites has provided us with real time data intelligence and we have seen an increase in our warehouse efficiency by 8%. VisionID is a valued solution provider to the Kerry Group and we look forward to working with them in the future.
The Customer – Kerry Group
Kerry Group was founded in 1972 in Listowel, County Kerry. The Group employs 24,000 people and supplies over 15,000 foods, food ingredients and flavour products to customers in more than 140 countries worldwide. Kerry Group is a world leader in the supply of food ingredients and nutraceutical solutions for the biotech, pharmaceutical and nutrition markets and had a revenue in 2016 of €6.1 billion. Kerry Group also owns some of the biggest food brands in the chilled food sector, including the LowLow, Cheestrings, Dairygold, Charleville, Denny and Richmond brands. Kerry Group’s €100 million Global Technology and Innovation centre employs over 900 people in Nass, County Kildare.
The Challenge Kerry Faced
A crucial element of the International “Kerry Connect” program was removing the manual process of data entry across all warehousing and production areas. Manual entry into various different systems resulted in low levels of traceability and visibility of assets throughout the supply chain.
The aim was to standardise systems globally even across manufacturing sites that operate in hazardous environments. SAP was chosen as the common platform in which to “Connect Kerry”. Connecting the Kerry Group would be achieved by integrating all systems, data and processes with SAP worldwide – creating a common platform throughout the company.
Industrial Label Printer
In 2012, Kerry Group approached VisionID along with a number of other potential vendors with the intention of finding one solution partner that could enable the Kerry Connect project and help to remove manual paper based processes within their infrastructure. Kerry Group selected VisionID as their chosen systems integrator in the deployment of the Zebra MC9200 Warehouse Mobile Computer, Zebra ZT400 Series Industrial Label Printer, Bartec Intrinsically Safe Mobile Computer and Xplore Bobcat Tablet for the SAP – Kerry Connect Project.
Xplore Bobcat Tablet PC
Bartec MC9190ex ATEX Handheld Computer
Zebra MC9200 Premium Handheld Computer
These rugged enterprise devices provided the key features to support the SAP solution across the vast network of sites. VisionID worked in tandem with the Kerry Group to help design implement, manage and support the supply chain management and enterprise mobility solution integrating with SAP, empowering Kerry’s business and driving operational efficiency that delivered real time results. VisionID provided a level of service that was “second to none” in enabling global configuration, implementation and management of enterprise devices.
A connected enterprise, enabled consistent information-sharing and reporting for the benefit of the entire organisation, ensuring complete visibility of stock in real time. VisionID’s key philosophy of “Connect, Capture, Analyse and Act” was a crucial influencer for Kerry Group in selecting VisionID as their partner of choice to deliver a game changing project for global stock control measures.
Pilot sites were originally set up in Kerry Ingredients Germany and Kerry Foods Northern Ireland. VisionID provided both on site and remote support for both go-live launches. Success in those sites, led to further Kerry Connect implementations across Great Britain, EMEA, Africa, Asia and Australia. The Kerry Connect platform will continue to be expanded in sites within all continents by 2019. Seamless on-site configuration and integration of the new system was one of the impressive aspects of the project from a VisionID perspective and this was crucial for the Kerry Group to ensure little disruption to “business as usual” processes. Mobile Devices were remotely deployed across each site by the VisionID Professional Services Department and managed via a remote device management tool.
We are delighted to be working with the Kerry Group as part of the Kerry Connect Project. Together with our leading industry partners – Zebra, Bartec and Xplore, we have provided an end to end globally supported solution to enable real time data capture for Kerry. It is great to be gaining such respect as a trusted supplier to one of the world’s largest food ingredients companies.
Return on Investment
In a global market, with constant industry and environmental pressures, every advantage is needed to stay ahead of the competition. In comparison to older paper based process within the Kerry organisation, Kerry Connect sites have complete visibility across the supply chain and full accountability of stock management. VisionID provided an inventory control and enterprise mobility solution integrated with SAP which resulted in an increased warehouse efficiency of 8% by removing errors and time wasted associated with the double entry and triple entry of data. VisionID facilitated the Kerry Group to stay ahead of the competition within the global food industry and food ingredients markets and has given a stable platform in which to build upon well into the future.