Established in 1728, Aspall is one of the most well-known cyder brands. They combine a love of traditional cyder-making with a passion for innovation. Their apples are still pressed at the original Aspall Cyder House to produce the very finest, world-class cyders and cyder vinegars, which increasingly enjoy global acclaim, for quality and excellence.
Aspall ran their production business on a series of very complex spreadsheets and had no centralised system. This meant that they were relying heavily on key personnel, having no manufacturing processes documented.
They took the decision to invest in an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, which would help to increase efficiencies and streamline their manufacturing process.
Having no internal procurement team, they lacked the experience in-house to be able to run such a complex and business-critical IT project.
An eXceeding team of procurement consultants was engaged to assist. We worked with the entire business and engaged with multiple stakeholders. We then mapped out all products, manufacturing and ‘delivery to retailer’ processes, in order to understand the requirements and business-critical needs of Aspall.
We identified 3 key challenges which needed to be addressed as part of the project:
Lack of documented procedures
Most processes and procedures were implemented to address an imminent issue, at a point in time, so quickly became irrelevant
No dedicated procurement function
Lack of dedicated in-house procurement expertise or knowledge of running complex procurements
Expert category knowledge required
The requirement was for industry-specific ERP, that addressed traceability issues, was highly configurable, but did not need expensive software development.
eXceeding’s procurement consultants handled the entire procurement process. From documenting the specifications, to testing the market, writing and running the tender process. We shortlisted and selected suppliers and finally, negotiated and agreed the commercials and service level agreements (SLAs) with the chosen supplier.
Aspall now has a highly scalable ERP system that allows for business growth, whilst ensuring best practise processes and traceability is at the heart of all production and operations.
As they continue to have no in-house procurement team, Aspall have stated they are likely to utilise eXceeding’s consultants again for any future projects.