This formula is delivering delicious foods for your family to enjoy at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For Hillshire Brands, the right recipe for innovation in its supply chain is the SAP® SNC Supplier Collaboration rapid-deployment solution.
Nathan Cummings' purchased the C.D. Kenny Company, a small wholesale distributor of sugar, coffee and tea in Baltimore.
The corporation moved its headquarters to Chicago and became Sprague Warner-Kenny Corporation.
Stockholders voted to change the corporation’s name to Consolidated Foods Corporation.
The company acquired Kitchens of Sara Lee along with 34 Piggly Wiggly supermarkets.
Sales topped $1US billion.
Growth continues by acquiring Bryan Foods, Inc., Electrolux, Gant, Country Set and Canadelle, Hillshire Farm, Rudy’s Farm and Erdal, Hanes, Superior Tea and Coffee Company and Gallo Salame, Jimmy Dean Meats, and Nicholas Kiwi Limited.
The corporation changed its name to Sara Lee Corporation.
Bil Mar Foods, Champion Products, Van Nelle, and Hygrade Food Products (including Ball Park Franks), Playtex Apparel, Inc., Wechsler Coffee, Chock Full o’ Nuts and Continental Coffeee were acquired.
The corporation divested PYA/Monarch, Champion Europe, Coach, the International Fabrics division of Courtaulds and its international bakery businesses in France, India, China and the U.K.
Hills Bros., MJB and Chase & Sanborn, Café Pilão, and The Earthgrains Company were acquired.
The Senseo coffeemaker and the Cafitesse line of liquid coffee systems were debuted.
Hanes Brands Inc. was formed.
The company opened its new North American Research and Development Center of Excellence, acquired Café Damasco, and divested its International Household and Body Care businesses.
Sara Lee Corporation announced its intention to split into two independent pure-play, publicly traded companies. The company also names Marcel Smits as CEO.
The company announced that its International Coffee and Tea business will be named D.E MASTER BLENDERS 1753, and the North American Retail and Foodservice business will be named Hillshire Brands Company. It begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker HSH.
The company relocated its headquarters from Downers Grove, Ill. to Chicago, Ill. The new location, 400 S. Jefferson Street, was designed to facilitate collaboration and innovation.
Hillshire Brands announced it was buying Pinnacle Foods for US$4.23 billion in a cash and stock deal. Pinnacle Foods brands include Birds Eye, Duncan Hines, Hungry-Man and Swanson frozen TV dinners, among many others.
Customer Snapshot:Business Model
Iconic Brand Giant
The Hillshire Brands Company is justifiably famous for traditional sausages and such iconic brands as Jimmy Dean, Ball Park, and Hillshire Farms. But the company is constantly striving to bring tasty new products to hungry consumers as well. For the last year or so, Hillshire Brands has been laser focused on delivering new products to market that the company’s Chief Executive Officer Sean Connolly describes as:
Contemporary, Relevant, and Provocative
Become the Most Innovative Branded Food Company in the USA
Bringing new products to market takes fresh thinking in both a company’s product development and its business operations. At Hillshire Brands, this includes improving collaboration with the suppliers that provide the ingredients and packaging needed to produce their products.
An optimized supply chain would:
- Support product innovation with the ability to launch new offerings quickly
- Improve supply network collaboration and visibility
- Reduce operational costs
Old Heritage, New Company
Hillshire Brands’ heritage of making delicious smoked sausages dates back some 80 years, but the current Hillshire Brands is actually quite new. In 2012, while still known as Sara Lee Corporation, it completed the spin-off of its international coffee and tea business.
The SAP® Supply Network Collaboration application (SAP SNC) was already part of Sara Lee’s software landscape. Now with a new organization and an updated corporate vision, company leaders saw a rapid-deployment solution (RDS) – with its packaged services and best practices approach – as the best way to quickly optimize the SNC environment and gain full value.
Enter SAP:The SAP Experience
Providing Change, and Change Management
As part of the RDS support, SAP provided both a project manager and an organizational change manager. These onsite SAP consultants walked Hillshire Brands through the tool’s design and guided them along with the implementation.
The Hillshire Brands team supported the rollout by focusing on training personnel from the company’s 13 manufacturing plants and dozens of key suppliers. A three-day employee training session covered each of the three functional areas to be supported: purchase orders, scheduling agreement release processes, and supplier-managed inventory (SMI).
Savoring the Effects
About 50 suppliers are currently onboard with the revitalized SNC system, and Hillshire Brands is savoring the advantages of real-time and automated collaboration.
Since the rollout, vendors have 24x7 access to demand and forecast information, which lets them plan proactively and respond faster to production changes.
Hillshire Brands sales and marketing organizations can also work more effectively with both plant managers and suppliers to ensure that everything is in place to support an upcoming promotion or product launch.
Real-Time Automation Changes Everything
Hillshire Brands sales and marketing organizations can work more effectively with both plant managers and suppliers to ensure that everything is in place to support an upcoming promotion or product launch.
Realized immediate benefits include:
- Real-time and automated collaboration with vendors
- Higher shipping accuracy
- Greater efficiency in procurement transactions
- Ongoing savings and less revenue loss
Better Business:Run Simple
Instant and Enduring Savings
As a result of reduced days in inventory alone, Hillshire Brands has forecasted a one-time savings of US$1.5 million. Add this to an expected ongoing annual savings of approximately half a million dollars in direct materials expenses, reduced inventory obsolescence, and avoidance of revenue loss due to stock-outs.
Sharing the Responsibility to Yield Innovative Futures
According to the Hillshire Brands Procurement Team, the company’s focus is now on ramping up their SMI processes over the next two years. They see sharing the responsibility for managing materials with suppliers as critical to reducing the company’s overall inventory. The procurement team notes that Hillshire Brands plans to have suppliers themselves manage up to 80% of the inventory in some areas.
Innovation runs strong at Hillshire Brands. So for consumers, the company’s leaner and more efficient supply chain means we should look for even more new products on the shelves of our neighborhood grocery stores.
Hillshire Brands has already brought us pancakes and sausage on a stick. What’s next?