For generations, DuluxGroup has been manufacturing and marketing premium branded products that help people to imagine and create better places and spaces in which to live and work. Now, it is transforming the way procurement gets done. As part of an aggressive plan to digitize its business, DuluxGroup is implementing solutions from SAP Ariba to fuel a simple, integrated process for managing its direct spend from end to end. The company also shared the story of its success at SAP Ariba Live, a business commerce event taking place at the ICC Sydney.
“Direct procurement is complex, and to do it right, we need an integrated platform that allows us to automate our processes and collaborate with our partners around the globe in an efficient way on everything from design and sourcing to forecasting and manufacturing execution,” said Ian Griffith, Head of Procurement, DuluxGroup.
And SAP Ariba is providing it. Like more than 2.8 million companies in 190 countries, DuluxGroup has connected to the Ariba Network and is implementing a range of the market-leading, cloud-based applications delivered on it to drive a comprehensive, digital source-to-settle process.
Integrating SAP Ariba’s solutions for direct spend with its SAP Integrated Business Planning system, DuluxGroup aims to completely digitize its extended supply chain, from integration with its product design and R&D processes all the way through manufacturing execution and reap the benefits that doing so can provide, including:
- Quick and accurate sourcing of all materials and services on a single platform
- Faster time to market and innovation
- Real-time supplier collaboration
- Better product cost management
- Stronger compliance
- Complete supply chain visibility
“For years, companies have relied on manual, linear, design-to-deliver processes to select, manage, and collaborate with suppliers of components and raw materials,” said Keith Baranowski, Global Vice President and GM, Direct Materials Sourcing, SAP Ariba. “Digital networks are radically transforming this process, and in embracing them, innovative companies like DuluxGroup can deliver efficiencies and cost savings that give them advantage in today’s complex marketplace.”