Dole Food & Beverage Group plans to digitise its supply chain by introducing end-to-end visualisation that would enable the company to: predict shipment delays, forecast demand in line with changing consumer and optimise capacities to exceed service levels.
“Our goal was to enable agile and responsive cross-functional supply chain processes that empower people with data-driven decision-making capabilities based on the foundation of an end-to-end integrated technology platform,” said Fritz Zeh, vice president for global manufacturing at Dole Food & Beverages Group.
Dole Food & Beverages Group, a division of The Dole Sunshine Company, is one of the world's largest producers and marketers of high-quality packaged fresh fruit and fruit-based products.
Following the drastic supply chain disruption in the wake of COVID-19, the company was looking for end-to-end visibility and forecasting, a sales and operations planning (S&OP) and a sales and operations execution (S&OE) process, and control tower capabilities.
The digital transformation project will allow Dole Food & Beverages Group to build an agile supply chain with a focus on three core components: people, process and systems. The company went through a comprehensive evaluation process and selected a long-term technology partner for the project.
Blue Yonder, which has been working with the company for over 20 years, has been tapped to provide its Luminate Control Tower and Luminate Planning to meet their newer requirements
“Blue Yonder’s Luminate Planning and Luminate Control Tower will provide us with the right solutions to make faster business decisions that improve our operations, resulting in lower costs and enhanced planner time,” said Zeh.
Luminate platform delivers intelligent automation and extensibility, uniformity of data, and unified, engaging experiences powering collaboration and decision making. The platform will power the visibility and planning capabilities for Dole Food & Beverages Group.
The Microsoft Azure- and cloud-based Luminate Control Tower will provide the company the ability to automate manual processes, access real-time data to manage and right-size inventory levels, and gain visibility into its supply chain. With Luminate Planning, the company can produce more accurate forecasts calculated from hundreds of variables that drive demand and in-turn achieve a single, unbiased demand forecast. The automated calculation and generation of this holistic forecast enables the company to unlock greater planner efficiency.
By implementing the Blue Yonder solutions powered by Luminate Platform, the company plans to:
- Align future supply chain structure with a global and local control towers that work seamlessly together to gain end-to-end accountability across the supply chain.
- Enhance customer satisfaction and cost savings through lower inventory levels and inventory optimisation.
- Increase flexibility and agility in the planning process.
- Enable data-driven decision-making capabilities through an end-to-end integrated platform.
- Improve S&OP, scenario planning and financials, including P&L and cash flow.
- Improve visualization across the supply chain.
“We are excited that Dole Food & Beverages Group has put their trust in our cloud-based solutions to help power their digital supply chain transformation. They will be able to take their forecasting and business planning abilities to the next level, while gaining visibility through the control tower,” said Vishal Dhawan, group vice president, Growth Markets, Blue Yonder.