7/30/2008"Concord Foods Rolls Out ProVisions’ Comprehensive Materials Requirements Planning (MRP) Capabilities"
July 30, 2008 — Computer Associates (CAI) today announced that Concord Foods, a leading full-service food processing and distribution company and long-time user of CAI’s ProVisions Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, has rolled out ProVisions’ integrated Materials Requirements Planning (MRP) module to support its growing manufacturing requirements.

“Our manufacturing requirements evolved to the point where we required a way to ensure raw materials were available for production and finished goods for delivery to customers while still maintaining the lowest possible levels of inventory,” said Peter Neville, President and CEO of Concord Foods. “At the same time, we wanted to be better able to plan and integrate our manufacturing, delivery schedules and purchasing activities.”

Using ProVisions MRP capability, Concord Foods produces a detailed MRP Report listing the annual sales budget and forecast for each product offered. The MRP report is generated each week to ensure that it accounts for current sales projections and accurately reflects what items or raw materials (ingredients, packaging supplies, etc.) are required, how many are required, and when are they required. Concords manufacturing supervisors use the report to generate a comprehensive production schedule detailing what is needed and when it’s needed based on manufacturing capacity, resources, minimum inventory levels and vendor lead-times.

ProVisions Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software consolidates critical business information to maximize the efficiency of every aspect of your business. ProVisions meets the unique challenges of food processors, including production yields, bill of materials, multipack productlines, lot and portion control, by-product accounting, settlement processing, multiple freezer/warehouse and multi-corporation locations are of paramount importance.

“We are extremely pleased with our decision to move to an MRP-based business,” Neville said. “Without a doubt, we had to re-verify and tweak the MRP data, but the software has paid for itself many times over in terms of the increase in overall manufacturing efficiency and capacity while dramatically lowering our inventory costs.”

About Concord Foods

Concord Foods started in 1968 in rented space in Braintree, Massachusetts. The company moved to the Avon Industrial Park in 1973 and built a 10,000 square foot plant. The plant was expanded to 44,000 square feet before the company moved in 1994 to a new facility on 20 acres in Brockton, Massachusetts. This facility has a 205,000 square foot processing plant and warehouse, as well as a 50,000 square foot building devoted to product development laboratories, offices, and rental space. The company employs more than 220 people.

Through a network of 90 plus food brokers, Concord Foods sells its products to most major supermarket chains and wholesalers throughout the country. The product line has also been expanded to Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

About Computer Associates

Headquartered in Smithfield, Rhode Island, Computer Associates (CAI) is a business consulting and software development company with over 30 years of experience in providing professional services and products across a broad spectrum of commercial and industrial environments. CAI has worked closely with many leading companies to apply advanced, industry-specific software concepts and technology innovations that enhance our client’s business performance and profitability. With over fifty hardware and software certified professionals on staff, Computer Associates maintains a broad library of Windows 2003-based software in support of its vertical business segments.