Pampanga’s Best Inc Improves Operational Efficiency

Leading producer of processed meats increases productivity by 10 per cent and reduces operating costs by five per cent

SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced Pampanga’s Best Inc. (PBI), the leading producer of processed meats in the Philippines, has selected SAP Business One to help meet the growing demands of a rapidly evolving and expanding consumer base.

Best known for its quality processed meats, PBI has enjoyed robust growth and solid customer loyalty for more than four decades. From a mom-and-pop operation, the company has expanded into a multimillion-peso business with distribution channels in leading supermarkets. It has also gone from being a product chiefly consumed in homes to a staple among caterers, hotels, and restaurants.

Growth in operations inevitably brought business pain points. Given the company’s voluminous transactions, PBI had to contend with difficulties in inventory management as a result of its diverse delivery channels that include some of the country’s biggest supermarket chains as well as a network of exclusive distributors.

PBI has also experienced problems with the integration of its key operations and financials. Prior to SAP, the various departments in the company used only Microsoft Excel, which had slowed the generation of financial reports and hence caused delays in management decisions. In addition, the lack of a unified system hindered the company’s ability to forge stronger customer relationships and improve customer retention.

“We originally used an in-house system we developed to accommodate the processing of accounts payables,” said Bernard Escoto, Accounting Manager, Pampanga’s Best, Inc. “While this worked well before, we feel that given the growing needs of the business, we had to modernize our financial system.”

PBI first integrated its accounting processes followed by its operational functions. “The company chose SAP Business One because it is flexible and easy to use,” added Escoto.

Since the deployment of SAP Business One, PBI has realized new efficiencies. The company has successfully unified the internal revenue reports necessary for accreditation as part of the compliance requirements. PBI has also enjoyed 100 percent cost savings in report customizations and increased its productivity by 10 percent, while cutting down its operating cost by five per cent. Most notably, the company has reported a 20 per cent improvement in the monitoring and collection of receivables.

“SAP Business One helps PBI grow optimally, meet the demands of its evolving customer base and, ultimately, run better,” said Darren Rushworth, Managing Director, SAP Philippines. “Designed for small to medium-sized businesses, SAP Business One is a single, integrated solution that is quick to install, easy to use, simple to maintain, and provides an affordable way to manage the entire business.”

PBI signed an agreement with ANSI Information Systems to implement SAP Business One.

Said Charlene Sun, vice president for sales and marketing, ANSI Information Systems: “We were excited with the project because it gave us an opportunity to be part of the growth of one of the country’s most loved brands. With the implementation, we are confident that PBI can realize its growth plans as it faces a more challenging and exciting business future.”

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