THE COMPANY: DE BORTOLI WINES
The De Bortoli Wines journey started over 90 years ago when Vittorio De Bortoli emigrated from Northern Italy with dreams of building a better life.
Vittoria purchased a fruit farm near Griffith, Australia, in the New South Wales Riverina region and turned unwanted Shiraz grapes into wine for family and friends – those were the beginnings of one of Australia’s largest family-owned wineries.
Following these humble beginnings, De Bortoli Wines has grown to become the sixth largest winery in the country, exporting to 75 countries around the world with bottling plant operations in Europe and distribution in the UK. Operating estates across five Australian winemaking regions, De Bortoli Wines has also demonstrated a strong commitment to sustainability and views this as a key philosophy of leaving a positive legacy for future generations.
De Bortoli Wines operates a complex vertically and horizontally integrated business model that encompasses wine production and distribution from grape to glass.
THE CHALLENGE: A COMPLEX SUPPLY CHAIN MEANS FLEXIBLE SYSTEMS ARE REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN GRAPE TO GLASS TRACEABILITY
“De Bortoli is a vertically integrated business that is involved in every part of the wine industry and can be thought of as not just one company, but as a collection of quite distinct businesses.
We have businesses that grow grapes, make wine, package wine, warehouse wine, transport wine, and sell wine, including direct to consumer via our own physical and online retail presence,” said Bill Robertson, CIO, De Bortoli Wines.
“One of the things that De Bortoli has managed to do over the years by working with QAD has been building agribusiness just-in-time scheduling and incorporating that into our winemaking process.
The focus of this was around quality, compliance and optimization. These pieces interconnect. So, when we do just-in-time scheduling of grapes, it not only optimizes our deliveries for our growers and for ourselves, it also improves the quality.
When we do things like the online spray diaries, that not only helps with our compliance, but it also helps with the efficiency.
When we have traceability through our blends, that also helps with our compliance. It also helps with our quality.
So, all of these pieces have really provided a basis for a sustained, competitive advantage,” said Robertson.
THE SOLUTION: COLLABORATION WITH QAD FOR A JUST-IN-TIME SCHEDULING SOLUTION TO IMPROVE QUALITY, COMPLIANCE AND TRACEABILITY
As De Bortoli looks to the future, the company plans to integrate QAD’s next generation Adaptive UX. “QAD’s Adaptive UX is going to support De Bortoli’s vision of sustainability by bringing all the disparate pieces of information and software into one cohesive ERP that we’ll be able to leverage for a long time,” said Shane Dunn, business analyst, De Bortoli Wines.
“We’re also really excited about where QAD is going with its new user experience. The application programming interfaces (APIs) will allow us to integrate with things like manufacturing execution systems, our constraint-based scheduling systems and our supply chain integration,” comments Robertson.
“The ability to deploy on multiple devices is going to be critical. There are so many pieces to where QAD is going, not just in the immediate future but the long-term, that aligns with what we want to achieve.” Dunn adds, “We’re using QAD to track all wine specifications from grape to bottle. The current feature set is highly configurable, and we’re using this to print a certificate of analysis form for the customer, which shows all the specifications that they have asked for and how they match.”
“We’re really excited by where QAD is going with its Adaptive UX. If we had a wish list of the roadmap for our ERP solution, QAD ticks the boxes, “concludes Robertson.
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