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This is one of the largest manufacturers of paperboard and sustainable paper-based packaging for some of the world’s most recognized brands of food, beverage, foodservice, household, personal care, and pet care products including Kraft Foods, Anheuser-Busch, General Mills, and Coca-Cola. They have more than 24,000 employees throughout more than 130 facilities. With roots deeper than 100 years old, this manufacturer is involved in the entire paper manufacturing ecosystem—they own 8 paperboard mills across North America and handle everything from producing the paperboard to designing the graphics that go on them.
The manufacturer has an unwavering focus on sustainability—keeping the environment at the forefront of everything they do including providing innovative packaging solutions with renewable and recycled materials. They utilize almost all the wood that comes into their virgin paperboard mills—either to manufacture paperboard or to produce power through biomass. They also generate most of their own electricity from renewable energy sources and send excess energy back to local power grids when possible.
Over the years, the company has acquired many businesses across the globe—but one thing that has remained consistent is their dedication to innovation, quality, and service. As they set their sights on continued growth, they remain steadfast in their sustainability and social responsibility initiatives—committing to even bolder actions through 2025.
The packaging manufacturer has acquired several companies in the last few years and doesn’t have plans to slow down any time soon. One of their main goals is to quickly and efficiently onboard the companies they have acquired and integrate and make use of all the data they have amassed along with these acquisitions.
To continue down their aggressive growth path, the manufacturer looks to speed up the rate they can onboard new companies and increase visibility into operations across all businesses. To do this, they need to:
The faster that they can onboard new acquisitions and gain insights around how they are performing, the faster they can scale and realize the value from the acquisitions.
We conducted a strategic data assessment of the company’s different sub industries and created an inventory of data sources, diagramed the current state flow of data, and documented data requirements for each business. Next, we identified use cases in key areas—inventory, freight and logistics, spend, and sales—spanning all lines of business and documented the steps to achieve these use cases, including the collection and integration of critical data.
We determined where the manufacturer was on the data and analytics maturity scale and identified key areas required to make progress toward the next level of maturity. Understanding and being able to communicate to others in the organization where they are today, will help them get the buy-in required to make progress.
A modern data architecture accounts for the entire data lifecycle.
Our technology and architecture recommendations included:
With the data strategy roadmap and recommendations that we outlined in the assessment, the packaging manufacturer can make informed decisions on how to upgrade their data and analytics ecosystem. They were equipped with a comprehensive evaluation of the various components they would require to successfully scale to sustainably handle expected growth and to proceed strategically to increase data and analytics maturity.
This included not just recommendations around technology and architecture but also recommendations on people and processes. They were able to not only understand the technical debt of each recommendation, but also how it would benefit the organization in the long run and how this would affect the suggested priority and placement on the strategy roadmap.
Once the business implements the new data architecture, they can begin to:
This is one of the largest manufacturers of paperboard and sustainable paper-based packaging for some of the world’s most recognized brands of food, beverage, foodservice, household, personal care, and pet care products including Kraft Foods, Anheuser-Busch, General Mills, and Coca-Cola. They have more than 24,000 employees throughout more than 130 facilities.
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