Westons Cider increase efficiency with Dynamics NAV

    Leading drinks maker selects tailored ERP solution integrated with Drink-IT® from The NAV | 365 People

     

    Westons Cider has selected Microsoft Dynamics NAV from The NAV | 365 People providing the family run company with a solution that can span across its UK and Australian operations. The solution has improved production management through enhanced planning and forecasting; and has supported the organisation in its rapid growth, which has seen turnover double in the last 5 years without increasing headcount within the finance division due to the increased efficiency. The Dynamics NAV & Drink-IT® solution from The NAV | 365 People provides an end-to-end seamlessly integrated solution for beverage companies worldwide.

    Dynamics NAV and Drink-IT

    Westons Cider required a solution that could be tailored to its specific needs as a producer and exporter of beverages and could be used internationally, supporting its export business in Australia. Dynamics NAV was selected for its seamless integration with Drink-IT®. The solution delivers sector specific functionality and process management, including several individual modules supporting quality and recipe management.

    Paddy Smith, Company Accountant at Westons Cider comments: ‘The NAV | 365 People helped us to tailor the workflows in the Production and Quality Control modules so they meet our exact requirements. All the cider and perries are produced and tested inline with the workflow process in these modules ensuring consistent quality each time.’

    Westons Cider produces over 30 different ciders and perries, sell 46 million pints a year and export to more than 40 countries worldwide. Detailed reporting is vital to the business in ensuring supply is aligned to demand. To simplify and automate the process of producing reports, The NAV | 365 People introduced the finance team to Jet Reports, which integrates effortlessly with Dynamics NAV.

    Automated reporting with Jet Reports

    Paddy explains: ‘The manual process of producing reports was previously very time consuming; Jet Reports has changed this. The time we have saved through using this one function alone is almost immeasurable. The finance team produce approximately 100 reports each week and we have automated virtually the entire process.’

    Paddy concludes: ‘The NAV | 365 People have helped us to augment the solution to our needs because they understand the way the brewery sector works. Within the finance department we have maintained the same headcount for the last few years despite almost doubling turnover across the company.’

    The NAV | 365 People helped us to tailor the workflows in the Production and Quality Control modules so they meet our exact requirements.

    Dynamics NAV is now used across the entire organisation, including in its Australian export business, with over a third of the workforce using it any given time. This single source of information has proved invaluable to strategic planning and business decision making.

    Ian Humphries, Managing & Product Director at The NAV | 365 People commented; ‘We are passionate advocates of Microsoft Dynamics NAV and believe that our in-depth understanding of the solution ensures that The NAV | 365 People deliver value to our customers. Westons Cider has a long heritage in drink production and has invested in a powerful solution capable of supporting their business operations, both nationally and internationally, for years to come.’

    About Westons Cider

    Westons Cider is a family run business and has been making cider and perry commercially since 1880. The traditionally produced, award winning draught and bottled products are available throughout the UK and are also exported to more than 40 countries worldwide.

    Westons Cider produces over 30 different ciders and perries and sells approximately 46 million pints a year. From supermarkets to off licences, in hotels, restaurants, pubs and clubs you will find Westons products sold, continuing in their heritage of producing quality products.

    For more information visit: Westons Cider

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    Written by
    Sue Smart - Storyteller at The NAV | 365 People
    Sue Smart - Storyteller at The NAV | 365 People

    At 16, when Sue first sat down to write a book, she realised if she wanted to have good stories to tell, she needed to get as much life experience as possible - in the workplace, socially and in travelling the world. So began a working life with jobs as varied as working on a pioneering IVF team, being a PA in the corporate world, running her own wedding business, being a carer in a Scottish castle, waitressing on a Greek island, farming in Tuscany and being a tour guide at an oceanarium. She was even offered a job as a nanny when she thought it would be fun to run away with a circus – but that’s another story… Sue’s desire to write never left her and she finally gained a BA in journalism and PR. This led to working as a journalist and features writer for newspapers in Australia and the UK … and eventually to her current role as Storyteller, a position she is relishing.