Global food and drink business Del Monte has been making investments behind the scenes as it looks to gain a clearer view of its supply chain operations.

Over the last 18 months, coinciding with the arrival of new CIO Tim Weaver, Del Monte has been undergoing a supply chain infrastructure revamp which has involved a shift to SAP's software – hosted by HP. Following a three-month implementation process at the end of 2014, Del Monte has also been running live with supply chain management solutions provider GT Nexus since January this year.

Integrating with its existing infrastructure, the deployment of GT Nexus's systems has been undertaken with the goal of streamlining ordering processes, enabling inbound-to-plant visibility, and providing a single view to manage global transportation. 

Mitch Hunter, director of supply chain at Del Monte Foods, said: "Our enterprise supply chain strategy requires seeing well beyond the walls of our business, into the supply network.

"GT Nexus provided timely and effective implementation support in our conversion to SAP. They were able to maintain our coverage during a very tight transition timeline."

GT Nexus says its cloud-based network will allow Del Monte to capture a single global view of suppliers, data and movement of goods in a central hub that can be accessed across internal business departments and shared with external partners.

Last week Del Monte reported that a rise in sales during its first quarter helped the company reduce its losses by almost 50%, with net losses for the three months to July at $12 million.

The impact on the bottom line was attributed to leftover costs associated with the SAP implementation, as well as the first quarter being seasonally weak for the company's US operations, but the company says it is confident the infrastructure investment it has made will support business growth in the months ahead.

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