SPL International Selects Epicor Tropos to Support Growth

LONDON, August 05, 2014

Epicor Considered To Understand The Food and Beverage Industry Better Than Any Other Vendor Evaluated For The Project

Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail and services organisations, today announced that SPL International, a process manufacturer and supplier of ingredient products for the global home brewing industry, has selected the Epicor Tropos process manufacturing system to replace its existing business software and provide a complete end-to-end solution for sales, manufacturing, finance and regulatory compliance.

SPL International started life in a garage in 1992, with the vision to build an international business serving the home brew, commercial alcoholic and ethanol industries.  Over the years it has experienced fantastic growth and expanded its operations - in the last six years its turnover has tripled to £6m and the company has consolidated its sites into a dedicated facility.

“SPL is recognised around the world for the quality of its products and customer service,” said Philip Jones, managing director at SPL International.  “It is essential that growth doesn't stop us delivering on the reputation we have built for quality and customer service.  For that reason we want to upgrade our manufacturing software to help us be more efficient and remove duplication of effort.  It is essential to adapt with growth, you can't keep doing things the same way.”

SPL International currently uses a combination of databases, spreadsheets and a popular financial package to deliver its business systems. This complexity along with a number of legacy paper-based systems is isolating key information, and stopping the business operating at the level of efficiency the management team believes is possible.

Set with the view to ensure its systems enabled, rather than hindered future growth, SPL's management team decided to replace all its existing systems, including paper-based processes, with a dedicated end-to-end process manufacturing system.  After reviewing a number of leading and specialist process manufacturing ERP solutions, SPL selected Epicor Tropos.

Epicor was cited as having all the functionality SPL needed out of the box including full financials, traceability, regulatory compliance, sales, inventory control and production scheduling.  The new implementation is expected to help SPL improve its stock handling, and lower the cost of production, allowing the company to be even more competitive.

“We were particularly impressed with the Epicor consultants that we met,” added Jones.  “They understood the complex realities of working in the food and beverage manufacturing industry, rather than simply understanding the features of their products.  No other company we saw had that experience, and his given us great confidence about buying into Epicor as a cornerstone of our future business.”

As part of the implementation shop floor staff will have direct access to Epicor Tropos through touchscreen devices on the shop floor, marking a significant improvement to the way they currently update systems.  Members of staff will also be able to use mobile devices to query and update Epicor Tropos as they move around the production facility.

“When Philip Jones started SPL International in 1992, he was inspired to build a whole new international business based on his experience, with the belief that he could do it better,” said Steve Winder, vice president of manufacturing for Epicor. “That inspiration has led to a strong growing business, but as Phil rightly says you have to adapt with your business, or growth can start to introduce quality and process control problems.  In the food and beverage industry those controls and regulations are extremely important, and that is why Epicor Tropos is designed to help process manufacturing companies of all shapes and sizes to manage their business now and into the future.  Its flexible system means that as your needs and processes change, Tropos can quickly support them and ensure they are enforced.”

About Epicor Software Corporation

Epicor Software Corporation is a global leader delivering inspired business software solutions to the manufacturing, distribution, retail and services industries. With over 40 years of experience serving small, midmarket and larger enterprises, Epicor has more than 20,000 customers in over 150 countries. Epicor enterprise resource planning (ERP), retail management software, supply chain management (SCM), and human capital management (HCM) enable companies to drive increased efficiency and improve profitability. With a history of innovation, industry expertise and passion for excellence, Epicor provides the single point of accountability that local, regional and global businesses demand. The Company's headquarters are located in Austin, Texas, with offices and affiliates worldwide. For more information, visit www.epicor.com.

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Duncan Gurney
The PR Network (on behalf of Epicor)
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