The leading European manufacturer of cleaning and hygiene products will upgrade its core ERP with SAP as the backbone  

London, UK – 4 October, 2023 – SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) has today announced that McBride Plc, the leading contract and private label manufacturer for cleaning products, has selected RISE with SAP to improve customer experience, optimise manufacturing operations, enhance efficiency and drive overall business success.

Partnering with SAP and systems integrator NTT DATA Business Solutions, the introduction of the new ERP system is McBride’s largest critical project in terms of cost investment and scale. It will enable McBride to react quicker to its retail and contract manufacturing customer demands, produce at higher volumes and improve internal efficiencies.

Retailers require new product development at pace to remain competitive and the five-year project will allow McBride to adapt quickly to customers’ needs. Designed to add consistency to thinking and processes, the SAP S/4HANA system will be harmonised across the entire McBride estate, seeing all departments working with one data source.

The introduction of standard and cohesive business processes will enable McBride’s 12 European manufacturing sites to all work in the same way. This agile approach will realise greater efficiencies, whether that’s a future adaption to the internal system, or changes to adapt to market pressures.

Other benefits include using SAP Business Technology Platform and Digital Supply Chain for improved order processing, supply chain visibility, quality control and compliance and reliable product availability. Easy integration, including the sharing of essential and beneficial data to customers, will also enable more accurate production planning.

Commenting on the new ERP system, Group IT Director at McBride, Paul Boardman said: “This is a once in a generation opportunity to transform McBride’s system landscape and improve its capability for staff and customers.

“We currently have seven streams of transformation, of which ERP is one. The ERP system is critical to our transformation journey at McBride, as it underpins all our programmes and goals. Every transaction, every department, and every factory at McBride goes through ERP, so it really drives the heart of the organisation.

“It is essential to have a system that will grow with McBride and support our ambitions as a company. A huge amount of time has been invested upfront to get the principles correct before deployment. As well as improving our service to our customers and staff productivity now, it is vital that the ERP system is scalable and will futureproof McBride.

“There is excitement and appetite for the new system across McBride; employees will benefit from working with the latest technology and be able to deliver a better service to their customers. This is one of the many reasons why McBride is committed to this significant investment in technology and people.”

James Bates, Head of RISE, SAP UKI, adds: “As a longstanding SAP customer and leader in its industry, the transition to RISE with SAP marks a significant move for McBride in becoming a truly digitally led, forward-thinking and resilient business. At a time of socio-economic flux, McBride will have enhanced visibility into its operations and unrivalled data insights to intelligently adapt and react to a constantly changing market and ultimately, ensure its ready for the future.”

This significant investment from McBride is not only a sign of its future ambitions but will play a vital role in optimising manufacturing operations, enhancing efficiency and driving overall business success. This will provide McBride and its customers with the tools and insights necessary to navigate the complexities of modern manufacturing and maintain a competitive edge in the retail market.

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About McBride

McBride is the leading European manufacturer and supplier of Private Label and Contract Manufactured products for the domestic household and professional cleaning and hygiene markets.

McBride sells one billion products every year, supplying 49 of Europe’s top 50 grocery retailers.

99% of its packaging is recyclable, and McBride products are used 850 times per second every day.

McBride employs over 3,400 people across 18 locations in 12 countries, with a diverse, inclusive, and engaging culture at all levels. Divisions include Liquids, Unit Dosing, Powders, and Aerosols, in addition to its Asia Pacific division that produces a range of personal care products for consumers across the region. For more information, visit www.mcbride.co.uk



Note to editors:

Additional information about the new SAP S/4HANA ERP system

The new SAP S/4HANA system will be hosted in the cloud by Amazon Web Services (AWS). Moving to a ‘standard’ cloud-based solution – the SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP) – will make McBride more agile in terms of integrating with other applications and 3rd parties.

New processes will be based on SAP standard best practice and streamlined with unnecessary steps removed and automation implemented where possible. In addition, system analytics will aid continuous improvement, as well as scalability to accommodate the growing needs of customers.

Working with experienced system integrator NTT, the system is recognised as an Enterprise Class Solution and designed for contract manufacturing businesses.

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