Staughton Group prepares for next growth phase with tech upgrade

08 September 2021 Consultancy.com.au 3 min. read

Staughton Group, an Australian premium pet food manufacturer, has partnered with DXC Technology to implement Oracle’s modern JD Edwards enterprise resource planning cloud solution. This modernisation project will streamline, automate, and integrate Staughton’s business processes across the board to enable the company’s strategic plan.

Staughton Group provides a complete end-to-end manufacturing and logistics solution to businesses in the food ingredient and retail sectors. Through its four key member entities, the group collects, processes, dries, and manufactures ingredients for pet foods. The manufacturer has been growing strongly for many years and running its business using outdated legacy systems which were no longer viable for the business’s pace of growth.

“Five years ago, we had seven administrative staff and now we have over 100. We were sending out one or two 40-foot containers a week to supply pet food to US manufacturers, whereas now it's between 35 and 45 containers,” said Edward Staughton, Managing Director at Staughton Group, explained. “Our business was expanding very quickly, and we needed to consolidate and automate business operations to ensure competitive advantage.” 

Staughton Group prepares for next growth phase with tech upgrade

Following a comprehensive requirements-gathering exercise where 500 tools were included for evaluation, Staughton Group issued an expression of interest (EOI) to 50 organisations. The responses received were rated and ultimately, DXC Red Rock was selected to deliver a flexible, reliable and scalable business platform on the JD Edwards backbone. 

Since implementation, the new cloud-based solution has increased efficiencies across financials, procurement, inventory, manufacturing, manufacturing planning, sales and advanced pricing, with mobility functionality on the production floor and warehouse. This transformation eliminates manual system tasks, work arounds, and siloed solutions to provide a modern user experience in a single platform for around 105 named users and 30 mobile device users. 

“Previously, these business processes were incredibly labour intensive and impractical. We now have the right foundations to empower people to do what they need to do thanks to the knowledge, expertise, and dedication from the DXC team,” said Staughton. “Having clear visibility and reporting on all business areas will open up a myriad of opportunities for us.”

Richard James, Practice Director at DXC Red Rock told Consultany.com.au that “Staughton Group is a company with an amazing culture of collaboration and friendliness and despite the project having to be implemented remotely, with a tight deadline of nine months, the teams successfully achieved a full transformation.”

In addition to delivering core business solution foundations, DXC also provides ongoing managed services to Staughton Group, offering insight into potential future application functionality.

“DXC has been able to demonstrate deep expertise across the enterprise technology stack, to support Staughton Group’s innovative business model and rapid growth,” added DXC’s James.