NetSuite Alliance Spotlight Award Winners: Cooking Up Success for Product Companies

Hayley Null, Manager, Alliance and SDN Marketing

December 21, 2022

At NetSuite, we’re extremely proud of all of our Alliance Partners and the outstanding work they do for our customers. Through our Alliance Partner Spotlight Awards, we recognize those companies that have demonstrated commitment to and success in implementing NetSuite across the business community, including partners that have developed outstanding expertise, customizations, and/or intellectual property in a specific microvertical and those that have demonstrated commitment to and success in implementing OpenAir and SuiteCommerce Planning and Budgeting.  

Martha Stewart’s New Kitchen Brand

Martha Stewart Kitchen, a food manufacturing and wholesale distribution company, was introduced in 2021 and now has products available in retail outlets nationwide. Stewart and her culinary team curate recipes to offer consumers convenient meal solutions featuring superior ingredients and flavors. 

There are more than 40 offerings in the current line, from frozen appetizers and desserts to entrées, side dishes, ready-to-heat grain blends, and seasonal vegetables. When the company launched, it was building from the ground up and didn’t have any business systems in place. After looking at NetSuite, Sage, and QuickBooks, it selected NetSuite to run its business.

Supported by Zenardy, LLC, Martha Stewart Kitchen put its new cloud ERP in place and now has a functional system that includes both finance and distribution management. Zenardy also provided industry-specific solutions like Catch Weight and EDI integration using SPS Commerce. Zenardy offers a flexible implementation model; when the client wanted to evaluate EDI platforms in the middle of the project, the team provided strategic support to select the correct platform for integration. As the company continues to expand, it has a scalable, unified ERP that will grow right along with it. 

Responsible Distribution of Chemical Products

ClearTech Industries was founded in 1977 as the distributor of industrial chemicals. The company is recognized throughout Canada for responsible distribution of chemical products and being one of “Canada’s Best Managed” companies.

The company was originally Prairie Industrial Chemicals and focused on the Canadian prairies; its company’s customer base expanded as it added new products and geography. Today ClearTech is the second largest independent chemical distribution company in Canada, with customers reaching from the West Coast to Quebec.  

The company has 10 facilities in seven cities and sells equipment such as chemical feed and transfer pumps, weighing systems, analytical products, and process equipment, along with a wide array of chemical products. It previously used the industry specific Datacor/Chempax ERP but wanted to gain better control over its global supply chain and deliver a better customer experience.

After evaluating Chempax, Epicor, Sage, and NetSuite, the company began working with Providence Consulting Group to implement NetSuite. ClearTech used a rigorous selection process and put time into finding an implementation partner that could work with its core team to architect the system and the required processes. The implementation was successful, and the company is now working with the ERP’s financials modules throughout the parent firm and multiple sister companies. 

ClearTech is also using NetSuite OneWorld and BlendERP, a SuiteApp that addresses unique manufacturing requirements, production intricacies, and shipping processes inside NetSuite, plus several customized provincial pricing table workflows. Thanks to NetSuite and Providence Consulting Group, ClearTech can efficiently manage facilities in seven major centers across Canada.  

Accelerating Its Reach, Achieving Its Mission

Open Farm was founded in 2013 as a supplier of premium pet food produced with a purpose: to respect animal welfare and the environment. Today, its pet foods are available throughout the United States and Canada.

A rapid growth trajectory meant Open Farm needed a unified ERP solution to support its expanding operations. The company selected NetSuite, implemented by Myers-Holum, to bolster its current growth and prepare for the future. 

“Oracle NetSuite was the stand-out winner from our competitive procurement process for an ERP platform, and the team at Myers-Holum brought the vision, experience, and partnership to assist our own team with our digitization program,” said Shawn Boyd, AP of information technology at Open Farm.

After implementing NetSuite, Open Farm gained improved traceability and a true inventory management system. Myers-Holum completed a full ERP implementation that included record to report, design to build, procure to pay/return to debit, order to cash/return to credit, SuiteSolution/SuiteSuccess bundles, and SuiteFlow/SuiteScript automation.

Myers-Holum also provided Open Farm with data migration and training services. The next phase in the project is a crucial one: Integrating the company’s Shopify stores, Amazon FBA business, and EDI partners. 

After receiving a new $65 million round of financing in 2021, Open Farm continues to accelerate its reach and mission to provide high-quality premium pet products. With NetSuite, it can easily scale and extend its presence in pet stores across North America.

“The early wins from our NetSuite implementation have provided us increased visibility to real time data, the ability to link disjointed business processes, to support over-the-top traceability for our products and ingredients, and to scale up our business at a velocity that we could never have achieved before,” said Boyd.

ERP Drives Innovation on the Road

Locomation was founded in 2018 by a team of leading experts on autonomous vehicles, robotics, and artificial intelligence (AI) from Carnegie Mellon’s National Robotics Engineering Center and trucking industry leaders with deep knowledge of every aspect of the trucking business.

A provider of autonomous trucking kits, Locomation offers a system that includes two trucks and two drivers. Someone drives the “lead” truck, while the following truck uses an autonomous driving system. The company was using QuickBooks and Bill.com to run its operations before switching to NetSuite. 

Some key challenges Locomation faced with its basic systems included difficulties tracking inventory, determining customer profitability, and tracking work order progress from outsourced contractors. Its complex revenue model was difficult to manage in QuickBooks, so it evaluated NetSuite and SAP as possible replacements.

After choosing NetSuite, Locomation began working with Beyond Cloud Consulting to implement NetSuite Manufacturing Standard Edition, which offers manufacturing resource planning (MRP), integrated inventory and dynamic replenishment, warehouse management, financial accounting and costing, and customer and partner relationship management.

With NetSuite in place, Locomation now has better reporting and visibility, and a system that will support future growth.   

Sustainable Clothing Manufacturer Chooses NetSuite

What started in 2009 as a small vintage clothing reseller has since become an apparel manufacturer that produces clothing that celebrates the feminine figure while also pioneering sustainable practices.

Previously, the company was using QuickBooks and struggling to integrate its existing solutions and its manufacturing processes. Ready for a change, the company evaluated NetSuite and Microsoft Dynamics before selecting the former as its new cloud ERP. NetSuite was the best fit for their technology transformation due to the third-party ecosystem natively integrated to the ERP. This was key to success in meeting the company’s overall technology goals of scalability, supply chain visibility, and access to real-time global consolidated financial statements.

RSM supported the company’s development requirements for multiple third-party add-ons, including a new WMS and a production management system. It also provided a contract manufacturing solution that integrated with the company’s existing product information management (PIM) solution.

The apparel company is using NetSuite’s Advanced Financials, inventory management, work order and assemblies, and electronic banking modules. The implementation delivered a highly integrated technology ecosystem as well as new process flows throughout the organization. Using NetSuite, the company has been able to align its people, processes, and technology to gain better visibility into its consolidated financials, intercompany transactions, and inventory movements. The company has increased throughput at its warehouses, allowing them to increase the volume of business and helping them meet revenue goals. The increased supply chain visibility in NetSuite is expected to be vital as economic headwinds increase. 

Partners:

Zenardy(opens in new tab) 

Providence Consulting Group(opens in new tab)

Beyond Cloud Consulting(opens in new tab) 

Myers-Holum (opens in new tab)

RSM(opens in new tab) 

 

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