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Customer Snapshot: Overview

Reached >3 million malnourished children in >46 countries so far

Like all good things, Edesia started with an idea. Navyn Salem, a stay-at-home mother of four, set out with a goal to end global childhood malnutrition. She founded Edesia and began manufacturing power-packed, nutritionally balanced, ready-to-use food. Now, each year millions of these "miracle packets" leave their Providence, Rhode Island factory and end up in the hands of malnourished children all over the world. 

Company
Edesia Global Nutrition

Customer Website
www.edesiaglobal.org

Line of Business
Human Resources

SAP Solutions
SAP Business One

Headquarters
Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Number of Employees
73

Industry
Healthcare

Partners

Softengine, Inc.

Visionary Themes

Youth, Corporate Social Responsibility, Run Live, Run Simple

 

Treating and preventing malnutrition in the world’s most vulnerable children.

Customer Snapshot: History

From One Tiny Corner of the U.S. to 3 Million Children Around the World

If a child under the age of five does not get the proper nutrition he or she needs, the mental and physical deficits cannot be readily overcome. A malnourished child will do poorly in school, get sick more often, and, without intending to, reinforce generational cycles of poverty. Therefore, ready-to-use foods save and protect young lives, while they help improve the overall outlook for families, communities, and countries.
 
 

Edesia’s PlumpyField® Network partners are each dedicated to increasing access to nutritional solutions for at-risk populations through the production of RUFs. These nine partners source ingredients locally, thereby contributing to the economic growth and stability of their communities.

I will not rest until we have made measurable and significant impact. — Navyn Salem, Founder & Board Chair, Edesia | Global Nutrition Solutions

Customer Snapshot: Business Model

Providing Proper Nutrition, a Basic Human Right

Edesia's mission is to treat and prevent malnutrition for the world's most vulnerable children; their vision is a world in which all people have access to the basic human right of food and nutrition. They are committed to assuring that vulnerable individuals no longer suffer and die needlessly from malnutrition – a completely preventable condition. They treat all children as their own, and produce for them the lifesaving tools they need to overcome malnutrition and thrive. They act now, because the cost of inaction is too great.

Customer Snapshot: Success Strategy

Collaboration and Communication are the Keys that Open Doors to a Brighter, Healthier Future

Edesia recognizes the complexity of addressing malnutrition globally. Nutrition for young children, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, people living with HIV/AIDS, and other vulnerable populations is part of larger and more complex problems. Addressing education, agriculture, and policy change must also be a part of the solution.
 
Edesia supplies products for organizations working in emergency situations as well as standard nutrition programming. In recognition that treating the most severe cases is not a permanent solution, Edesia also supplies products for and is an advocate of preventative approaches.

Edesia cannot do this alone. Edesia believes in collaboration and communication and works with a number of organizations and research institutions to ensure that a multifaceted approach to alleviating malnutrition is being pursued. Edesia is always looking for opportunities to develop new partnerships and move toward long-term sustainability.

The Challenge

Handling Growth with Disparate Systems
 

One of the key elements to creating Edesia’s ready-to-use food (RUF) is quality control of the precise formulas involved in food production. For their first five years, the company relied on a custom software product that offered comprehensive Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Control (QC), but the fact that it wasn’t tied to shipping or production made the process labor intensive and prone to errors.

The team realized that an updated, integrated system would help improve quality and efficiency.

Disparate systems were making it hard to grow.

Without real-time data and detailed monitoring of raw materials, all of our processes were too labor-intensive and time-consuming.— Brian Dugas, Senior IT Manager

Enter SAP

Student Research Project Identified a Clear Winner

Edesia enlisted the help of students in the MIT Sloan School of Management who were looking for a special project to work on. The students were tasked with finding the right ERP software solution for the company’s needs. Working collaboratively, three potential software packages were identified and SAP Business One, a proven solution with a stellar track record with food-centric businesses, emerged as the best choice.

Enter SAP: The SAP Experience

Exponential Growth, Feeding More Children
 

As a small nonprofit with a limited budget, Edesia was concerned about the costs of implementing a custom solution. Fortunately, Softengine learned of SAP’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, and reached out to SAP. SAP helped Edesia apply for the grant which included a request for additional funding for Softengine’s proposed customizations. Boyum IT also agreed to donate its B1 Usability Package to the project. Edesia won the bid and SAP agreed to fund the entire project.

Reaching more children, faster…

Better Business

Complete Ingredient Transparency for Rigorous Food Safety Standards

SAP Business One incorporated all of Edesia’s business operations and data under one main umbrella, enabling the different arms of the business to stay in constant contact. Edesia added Open Items List and Perpetual Inventory Extensions, as well as Softengine’s Food One, QA Module and Blending Modules, enabling Edesia to coordinate resources, test, approve, and easily trace each food item’s origins back to its source ingredients.

Better Business: Benefits

A Perfect Blend

Softengine and SAP rallied together behind Edesia to support their mission. And Edesia is behind SAP in their commitment to providing young people around the globe with greater opportunities to survive and thrive. The new system behind Edesia’s ERP is so easy to use it is practically automated, according to Brian Dugas, Edesia’s Senior IT Manager. Quality Control, inventory management and overall cost management have improved significantly, enabling Edesia to reach even more people than ever before.

Without SAP’s CSR program, we couldn’t have afforded such a robust ERP solution. SAP and Softengine really came through for us. Overall, this has been such a great experience – and we are grateful for their confidence in our ability to fulfill our mission using their state-of-the-art tools. — Brian Dugas, Senior IT Manager, Edesia

Better Business: Run Simple

Growing with the Company, Remembering the Children
 

The new ERP solution has improved inventory management and made the whole production process more efficient and effective. The time and money saved are truly time and money earned – a big bonus for a non-profit which has tasked itself with nourishing millions of children worldwide and operates out of a little corner of the smallest state in the U.S.

Staying focused on what matters most…feeding malnourished children.


Youth
In the next 10 years, today’s youth will determine whether businesses will win or lose. As future leaders, consumers, and entrepreneurs, they will be driving economic growth. We are committed to empowering the world’s youth with technology and business skills that translate into meaningful jobs and economic opportunity. We believe this will not only improve the quality of their lives, it will also lead to new innovations that will help the world run better.
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