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Bottling manufacturer drinks up refreshed enterprise planning system.

By replacing static spreadsheets with continuous financial planning, Western Container gains production insights and financial agility.

Western Container has long served as a premier bottler of Coca-Cola refreshments, but adjusting to changing business needs required a refresh of its outdated financial management system. The company turned to Workday Adaptive Planning to resolve budgeting discrepancies. Then the company realised that Workday Adaptive Planning can do much more. Calculating expenses, analysing historical data and forecasting finances of its growing plant locations took minutes instead of weeks. With strategic insight into production costs, Western Container stays competitive in the beverage industry.

After implementing Workday Adaptive Planning, our executives have been able to spend less time looking into the line items and more time on the bigger-picture view of the business.

Accountant

Challenges.

  • Calculating bottling and plant production costs in spreadsheets took weeks

  • Sharing reports through email lacked assurance of accuracy and timeliness of the data

  • Collaboration and data gathering among plant locations that rolled up to the corporate level

Results.

  • Simplified reporting

  • Increased integrity of data improved cost analysis and helped identify opportunities to lower production and unit costs

  • Improved budget input, ownership and collaboration among departments

The most important part of my position as a Plant Accountant is to calculate the cost to make each unit. That used to take weeks…  [But] it's now at the click of a button in Workday Adaptive Planning.

Accountant


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