A world leader in Wines and Spirits, Pernod Ricard have 90 subsidiaries and 100 production sites in 80 countries. The company was founded in 1975 and has 40 years of innovation, excellence and a portfolio of prestigious products. The group’s strategy currently focuses on the “Top 14” premium brands including Chivas Regal, Jameson, and Absolut.
The challenge for Pernod Ricard was to develop a mobile application, available offline, intended to manage and inventory all spirit barrel movement by scanning their barcodes, then synchronizing post-clearance data stored in SQLite embedded database with the Central Oracle database.
Digitalizing the processes
In 2012 the group’s IT systems were to be digitalized and Pernod Ricard looked to develop mobile functionality for the management of their cellars.
The cellars are considered having an “explosive atmosphere” (ATEX regulations) and may not be equipped with either Internet or Wi-Fi. It is, therefore, essential that the mobile devices work offline on an embedded database and then synchronize that database afterwards with the central system.
Uniface: Technological expertise serving mobility
Equipped with Uniface for over 20 years, we continue to help Pernod Ricard meet their needs when business or technical issues require their intervention.
“Implementing the offline scans, for example, required a very sharp and pointed expertise for which we preferred to turn to Uniface,” Jean Jacques Delavaud, Head of Competency Center.
Working with Pernod Ricard, we developed an embedded SQLite database solution and our team developed a specific driver enabling the two systems to integrate.In May 2015, both the driver and the new version of Uniface were delivered and the Pernod Ricard teams are in the process of creating a prototype.
Supplier Relationship Management tool
A Supplier Relationship Management tool is already under development. Which allows providers follow their delivery status, billing information or even trace their last sample.
Pernod Ricard can then use this to gather information on projects, activities, provider issues, and better target projects to attract customers and build loyal relationships. Such successful solutions will give the group a significant competitive advantage in an increasingly complex and volatile economic environment.
By Fall 2015 the mobile application should be fully operational in two of the group’s companies for the management of more than 6.2 million barrels.
You can find out more about how Uniface helped Pernod Ricard here.