Del Monte shares the benefits of updating its supply chain processes using Anaplan

Steve De Castro, Senior Manager for Financial Planning and Supply Chain Finance, discusses how Anaplan’s flexibility and “what-if” capabilities improved Del Monte’s ability to adjust to market fluctuations in real time.

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Del Monte is one of the biggest producers of pineapple products. We provide 20 percent of the global supply of pineapple. We are not just selling pineapple—we also sell health and wellness to every family.

My team handles the FP&A budgeting, forecasting, variance reporting. We had a system that was already conking out because of hardware issues. I didn’t want my team to go back to the Excel spreadsheets that we were using before. So we have three different workbooks for each channel. Each workbook has about 50 worksheets, and I approached my boss [and] said we need a platform for planning and for reporting.

We work in the food and beverage industry and most of our products are in the fast-moving consumer goods segment, and added to that is the complexity that these products have shelf lives. If they don’t get delivered on time, or if they don’t get produced when the demand is there, wastage is very high. What we have implemented so far is the FP&A use case, and when I say FP&A, it’s the budgeting where we have volume and non-operating income. But at the same time we have embedded into that use case supply chain finance aspects. So that’s the logistics, warehouse capacity planning and soon the bill of material-based costing for our culinary products.

With Anaplan, it’s really just like Excel on steroids. The multidimensionality of it, and then the fact that you can change your variable and everything automatically changes, it’s a big help for us because often times we have changes in the planning process where just key variables are being changed. When we were using BPC, if we had a variable change, we had to rewind the whole thing—so run volume allocation, run calculation because the changes were not dynamic and that’s where the productivity as well is coming from, from using Anaplan.

We just completed the budget cycle, and obviously because of the El Nino phenomenon that we are facing and performance in the past, we have issues and we have to prioritize some of our product allocations. And now because we have Anaplan, when we run our first scenario, we saw that certain areas were not profitable and we went back right away to our sales people and our channel team and our logistics team to inform them about this mismatch—and right away they knew that they needed to adjust.

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