Friday, January 27, 2012

British American Tobacco project is about to start a single SAP

British American Tobacco is expected to begin in September 2012 to try out new single SAP enterprise resource system.

More than 180 markets in the business of the company, is planning to 2016 in all business aspects of a comprehensive new system began trial from Malaysia, and is implemented in the Asia Pacific region.

It will replace the British American Tobacco is currently in the global business in the SAP system using six, and three years ago using the SAP system and CS3 62 local ERP systems.

British American Tobacco would like to take a new, single global SAP system, because more than one SAP system to the existing standard is difficult.

"The biggest problem is trying to regulate the SAP system has been used it is very, very difficult to change."

"We have to add more things for them to make them ... This standardization increases the global cost. In the same way using several SAP's efficiency is very low," BAT data in a single SAP project director Joan · Wei Neisi said.

The company's independent quality assurance and external management consultants partner with a magnet to implement the system.

Magnet company from the outset of this project to work with British American Tobacco, from the design stage to implementation and deployment phase. This is regarded as BAT's an unusual move, because the company usually only for the quality assurance stage.

"This is used to reduce project risk," Wei Neisi said. "The project is very expensive, requires a lot of time to do it right is absolutely important."

He added: "This is not a money thing - the first success of the project will be able to make savings."

Weinei Si said, with a magnet company, British American Tobacco on the project to a wider field of vision, technology and processes to help ensure effective implementation.

British American Tobacco also use a magnet to carry out similar projects in the advantages of previous experience.

In the first phase, the new SAP system will include a series of processes, including technology, spare parts management, production planning, purchasing and logistics. The integration of a number of different product specifications solutions, British American Tobacco will be the first time, start the SAP functionality in the product specifications.

After commissioning of the project, as the second phase of the system, it will be the implementation of human resources software and SAP's advanced planner and optimizer systems.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Cigarettes Grab Spain’s Tobacco Market

A number of increases in taxes on cigarette sales that were recently registered in Spain have prompted both price warfare between companies struggling for recession-hit consumers, and a sudden increase in the sale of cigarette products.
“At present the problem of cigarette market seems to worsen due to recession and an evident falling purchasing power,” stated José Luis Nueno, a professor of marketing.
According to a report realized by leading tobacco company Imperial Tobacco, about 6% of all cigarette sales in Spain belong to illicit market, more than 10% in Andalusia and nearly 20% in such regions as Málaga and Seville.
Within the past two years, tax increases in Spain have prompted a huge number of smokers switch to cheap cigarette brands or even rolling tobacco in comparison to earlier popular Virginia and such famous smokes as Marlboro and Camel.
One more option for the hard-pressed Spanish smoke lovers has been the chance to try something of Chinese-produced bootleg smokes that have become rather popular common, or to purchase cigarettes. The lowest prices for cigarettes and availability can make the illegal cigarettes more appealing.
Spain’s porous borders have always made it an appealing and very profitable market for contraband cigarette smugglers.
One of the most powerful cartels importing non-taxed tobacco products were Galician-based gangs who used high-speed boats in order to bring these products in the country. Very soon they switched to higher margin crimes, such as cocaine smuggling, and corresponding faced a wave of arrests. Mr. Nueno said that criminal operations in Spain have become much more divergent.
The great part of cigarettes confiscated by Spanish custom authorities comes through the country’s borders with Andorra, Portugal, and Gibraltar.
“Officially Spain has three regions where the use and demand for cigarettes is highest, namely Galicia, as it situated in the main proximity to Portugal. Andalusia, due to Gibraltar, and Catalonia, because of Andorra,” added Mr. Nueno.
The estimates for contraband tobacco products coming Spain are based on the extrapolation from the amount confiscated at customs.
According to statistics, in 2009, about 12.3 million cigarettes from illicit market entered Spain.