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Bonheur reduces operating costs with SAP’s ERP software for SMEs

Bonheur Marketing Corp., one of the front-runners in the Philippines that provides distribution capabilities to its partners in the fast-moving-consumer-products industry, integrated the SAP Business One software to address their data management and finance processes needs.

SAP Business One is a business management software designed to meet the needs of dynamically growing companies as well as subsidiaries of large enterprises. The solution is available both on premise and in the cloud, providing clients with unparalleled SAP functionality. The implementation was spearheaded by SAP channel partner, DataFront Solutions, Inc. (DFSI), which leverages IT and business consulting to provide advanced solutions to clients across industries.

According to Marty Alvarado, Executive Vice President for Bonheur, disparities in report generation as well as inventory costing inaccuracies required them to tap SAP Business One software to gain clarity across their business, and restore confidence in their day-to-day operations.

“There were delayed submissions of financial and government mandatory reports prior to the installation of the SAP Business One solution,” Mr. Alvarado said. “Our in-house system failed to consolidate our data and our  reports were prone to human errors, hindering accurate business visibility. We were looking for a solution to consolidate our warehouse data and gain better insight into our delivery process. Now, we are able to realize more accurate, up-to-date data across all our sales, finance and administration reports, which helps us much better  in developing and managing the business for future growth.”

Key processes streamlined

With the new solution in place, Bonheur is now able to manage every aspect of their business, streamlining their key processes from accounting and customer relationship management (CRM) to supply chain management and purchasing, all of which helped improve their market position by at least ten percent.

In addition, Bonheur was also able to boost their sales, accounting, credit and collection, as well as warehouse and HR functions. All this allowed the company to realize at least 20 percent in cost savings, increased efficiency and work productivity, and enabled better time management and a reduction in operating costs.

“SAP Business One is now able to help consolidate our warehouse data under one system, helping facilitators gain more insight on the processes involved within, and outside, the delivery process,” Mr. Alvarado said. “This is the very reason why we tapped SAP as it has the capacity to deliver the business software that our business needed most.”

The Philippine’s fast moving consumer goods spending, according to Kantar Worldpanel, remains stable at -1.8 percent year-on-year from June 2013 to June of last year. While the growth in the FMCG sector remains moderate, the competition among the industry’s players will remain stiff. To win in the competitive industry, companies need to utilize a business platform that can help them run their business better, whilst eliminating business complexity.

Bonheur started as a distributor of Philip Morris for the South NCR and Southern Tagalog. In just a short span of time, the company has expanded its coverage to Bicol, making it to the top 200 corporations in the country.

“We’ve been in the distribution business for over 25 years now and we are glad that we chose to partner with SAP for the next leg of our journey. We are confident that SAP will continue to help us operate simpler while remaining innovative,” said Alvarado.

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