PZ Cussons Chooses Steelwedge and Orchestr8 to Support Best Practice Integrated Business Planning

Steelwedge, and Orchestr8, have been selected by international consumer products group, PZ Cussons to support its global Integrated Business Planning (IBP) program.

Online PR News – 05-October-2012 – Pleasanton, CA – Steelwedge, the leader in cloud-based sales and operations planning (S&OP) and Orchestr8, experts in lean planning solutions, have been selected by international consumer products group, PZ Cussons to support its global Integrated Business Planning (IBP) program.

Having already spent two years developing and implementing IBP best practices through its People and Processes programme, this investment will provide PZ Cussons with the technology to support its goal of driving profitable growth whilst reducing supply chain related costs and net working capital.

Steelwedge and its partner Orchestr8 will be implemented within PZ Cussons’ operating companies on a global basis to underpin the standardisation of Business Planning processes, whilst integrating with existing best of breed applications.

Steelwedge and Orchestr8 were chosen as the only solution capable of meeting end-to-end requirements from an executive level to the operational level. Their combined cloud-based technology also allows the solution to be scaled easily on a global basis in a secure manner.

Ben Lewis, Global Sales Development Director at PZ Cussons said, “We’ve established good Business Planning capability across our Operating units and now want to leverage that investment with best of breed technology to deliver the full value from our integrated decision making processes.”

John Sookias, Steelwedge SVP Global Sales and Managing Director of EMEA, added, “PZ Cussons are using Business Planning to support their global growth and to give themselves a competitive advantage. We are delighted they’ve selected Steelwedge and Orchestr8 as partners to deliver this project.”

About Steelwedge

Founded in 2000, Steelwedge is the leading Integrated Business Planning solution provider. Steelwedge’s cloud-based Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) software solutions connect people, process and technology to power a single view of a company’s business. In a volatile global business environment, that single line of sight powers reliable "what if" scenario modeling that pinpoints the financial impact of supply-demand trade-off decisions. Some of the world's largest companies including Sony, Lenovo, MetroPCS, DIRECTV and Emerson trust Steelwedge to help them mitigate risk and rapidly adapt to global economic, political and environmental change through best-in-class S&OP. Visit www.steelwedge.com.

About PZ Cussons

PZ Cussons plc is a FTSE 250 listed consumer products group based in the UK, with operations in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. We are the makers of some of UK’s most familiar household brands including Imperial Leather, Carex, Original Source and Morning Fresh. In June 2011, the group also formed the PZ Cussons Beauty division, incorporating the Sanctuary Spa, Charles Worthington, St Tropez and Fudge premium brands. We are approaching our 128th anniversary and our international headquarters are based in Manchester.