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Sonoco Recognizes Oracle Consulting with Operational Excellence Supplier Performance Award

Lauren Bossers
Marketing Director

Sonoco, a global provider of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging, and displays and packaging supply chain services, recently awarded its 2018 Operational Excellence Supplier Performance Award to Oracle Consulting. Based in Hartsville, S.C., Sonoco presented the award at its 14th Annual Supplier Business Conference. During the event, Sonoco recognizes the mutually beneficial partnerships that its suppliers have cultivated based on their commitment to quality, responsiveness, and service. The criteria Sonoco uses to recognize suppliers through the award program include improving customer focus, driving cost savings, implementing innovative business solutions, and using technology to achieve a competitive edge.
Oracle Consulting exemplified these qualities by implementing Oracle Transportation Management (OTM) Cloud in an aggressive 16-week timeframe to replace an outdated, off-support, on-premises Transportation Management solution from another applications vendor. The initial implementation of OTM Cloud, which ranks as a Leader in Gartner’s 2018 Magic Quadrant for Transportation Management Systems, focused on North America. The project came in on time and on budget, and provides a strategic global foundation to ensure the logistics organization has the tools and knowledge necessary to create maximum value for all Sonoco businesses through optimal freight planning and execution.
Adding to the complexity inherent in the rapid implementation timeframe, Sonoco had three ERP systems and required integration to two applications for mileage calculation and fuel recovery from other applications vendors. Two factors contributed to the project coming in on time and on budget. First, Oracle Consulting participated in the application selection stage, driving understanding of Sonoco’s business requirements and project scope. Deep-dive workshops and demonstrations of solution functionality gained Sonoco’s trust in the team’s industry expertise and capabilities. Second, Oracle Consulting accelerated the move from the legacy solution with a standard pre-configured solution setup and templates to load data.
“In addition to today’s challenging logistics market, we found ourselves facing a new platform in Oracle Transportation Management, while ‘lights out’ was imminent on our aging Transportation Management System,” said Richard Wynne, Director of Global Category Management (Consumer and Logistics), Sonoco. “The Oracle Consulting implementation team worked tirelessly alongside our Business Technology and Logistics project teams to accomplish the mission. We delivered the solution, we delivered on the promise, and we did it with no business interruptions to our downstream organization and carriers.”
With annualized net sales of $4.8 billion, Sonoco has 20,000 employees working in more than 300 operations in 33 countries, serving some of the world’s best-known brands in 85 nations.
Pictured in photo, left to right:
Chuck Beasley, Sonoco TMS Deployment Specialist; Jeffrey Bailey, Oracle Applications Sales Manager; Chris Knowlton, Oracle Consulting Principal Consultant; Richard Wynne, Sonoco Director of Global Category Management (Consumer and Logistics); Greg Munoz, Sonoco Vice President of Global Procurement and Logistics

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