Cloud computing has transformed the way we do business in the digital era. For enterprises with traditional system-management structures, cloud technology positively impacts business efficiency and productivity, opening doors to new markets and growth opportunities.

On-demand Technology

Supply chain management in the cloud

  • Fareast Mercantile Co. Limited (FCML) is a leading supply-chain management company, based in Nigeria, responsible for 93% of imports and distribution of fast moving consumable goods (FMCG).
  • With the expansion of FMCL’s supply-chain network into Africa and subsequently the globe, the organisation required a data-hosting and connectivity solution that would keep pace with its rapid business growth across the African continent.
  • Internet Solutions designed a tailored Public Compute-as-a-Service (CaaS) structure which provided a unique, flexible connectivity solution to each of FMCL’s 14 locations in Nigeria, providing FMCL and its vendors wider access to pertinent information –on the go, wherever they may be.

Introduction

Cloud computing has transformed the way we do business in the digital era. For enterprises with traditional system-management structures, cloud technology positively impacts business efficiency and productivity, opening doors to new markets and growth opportunities.

Particularly in the dynamic FMCG sector, cloud solutions provide much-needed flexibility when responding to changing customer demands.

Background

Based in Nigeria, FMCL is the leading supply and distribution company in West Africa, providing logistics services to local and multi-national companies in the branded food, household appliance, motor and FMCG industries.

Their product portfolio spans 1500 SKUs, and with 14 warehouses and office locations across the country, their stock management, delivery and communication systems have to be robust.

Given their plans to expand FMCL’s ever-growing database of clients to other parts of the continent, and eventually the globe, the company approached us to implement a flexible and scalable CaaS and connectivity solution to assist with the expansion of their business.

Our solution

Public Compute-as-a-Service (CaaS) and Connectivity solutions

Our cloud-computing solution has allowed FMCL to host its servers in a secure data centre in Johannesburg, staffed by highly-experienced engineers. Thanks to an on-demand framework, the company consumes virtual resources as needed.

By providing each of FMCL’s branches with reliable, fast connectivity we enabled seamless communication between their different branches across Nigeria.

Importantly, our solution allows vendors, staff and customers reliable and remote access to the information they require, from any location, at any time. This means that FMCL can invest more resources in its new business prospects, confident that the level of customer service enjoyed by its current client base would not be compromised as a result of its growth.

FMCL now has better visibility of the organisation as whole.

Isn’t it time your business made its way to the cloud?

Find out more about how we can support your business now and in the long term. Speak to your Internet Solutions client manager or email us at info@is.co.za.

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