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Slush Puppie migrates from Sage

UK arm of childhood iced drinks favourite replaces Sage with a single unified cloud business management suite

UK iced drinks distributor, Slush Puppie, has announced its migration away from multiple instances of its incumbent financial management system Sage Line 500.

The company will replace its legacy finance system and a reliance on Excel spreadsheets to move over to NetSuite OneWorld, which is designed to handle multi-country and currency businesses.

The company will use the new software-as-a-service (SaaS) systems to run its mission-critical business operations including financial consolidation, customer relationship management (CRM), business-to-business (B2B) commerce, inventory management, order management, and multi-currency (Euro and British pound), multi-language (English, French, Dutch), and multinational taxation rules and real-time analytics and reporting.

Unified business performance view

This single instance of NetSuite OneWorld will provide a unified view into the business performance with minimal IT overhead. As a result, Slush Puppie is planning to access the agility, flexibility and scalability it needs to expand its business globally, as it seeks to integrate its three subsidiaries in Belgium, France, and Holland based on its five-year global expansion plan.

“Our plan is to keep on growing,” said Julian Reid, group operations director for Slush Puppie Ltd. “The great thing about NetSuite OneWorld is that, as we move into other countries, it’s going to be easy to add new subsidiaries while retaining complete visibility over business performance from within a single system. As the business grows, we need to control spend and efficiency. NetSuite gives us this functionality and a comprehensive dashboard to manage our entire business.”

A family-owned business that started in the UK after the founder discovered the famous iced drink during a visit to the US and brought home several Slush Puppie machines, the company has since achieved significant growth. In 2011, it acquired Frutina, its largest competitor of ice drinks in the UK, and, earlier this year, it made a second acquisition, buying Beverage Concept Belgium, a long-time partner and leading distributor in Western Europe.

On-premise creates business pain

With those acquisitions and a plan to continue to expand in Europe and beyond, Slush Puppie Ltd. realised antiquated Sage lines hampered the company’s growth and created major challenges. These included an inability to support the organisational growth plans, and a requirement for multiple developers to build applications to provide functionality not included in its incumbent products.

With the new NetSuite software, the business is also looking to achieve a consolidated view of the business and track key performance indicators with its previous and disparate home-built systems. This is expected to make it easier for it generate reports, where the company previously had to dedicate one and a half full-time positions to pulling data into complicated spreadsheets.

The new system is anticipated to address its limited visibility into stock, costings, profit margins, and asset management, as well as in terms of supporting the company’s growth in Germany, France, Belgium, and Holland with support for local accounting rules and taxes.

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