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Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Case Study

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates (SMWE) is a collection of distinctive wine estates. They are one of the largest wine suppliers in North America and ship nearly a million cases each month.

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Challenges


The wine industry has very specialized needs for its software solution – compliance, seasonality, varietal tracking, supplier management, and much more. Over the course of a 17-year period on JDE World, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates (SMWE) created a heavily modified system to meet their needs. Modifications can often create additional burden on IT staff to manage the solution and integrations with other systems.

The CSS Approach


To create a new evolution of ERP for SMWE, CSS had to standardize and replace hundreds of modifications that were implemented over 17 years in World with standard functionality in E1.

The CSS team led SMWE through methodology, providing trusted guidance, developing and maintaining strong team chemistry, all while understanding the nuances of the wine industry, and some unique SMWE requirements.

Results

In a 12-month period, CSS upgraded JD Edwards across multiple US-based bottling plants, including a major central location, regional plants, and mobile bottling operations. The application scope included Finance, Distribution, Manufacturing, Transportation, Capital Asset Maintenance, Requisition Self Service, Mobile Applications, One View & One View Financial System Reporting, and Custom Product Allocation Application.

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    Standardized hundreds of modifications to only a handful in EnterpriseOne

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    Provided enhanced supply planning processes and greater visibility

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    Fully leveraged JDE E1 platform to support multi-site bottling operations

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    Accommodated unique product allocation requirements, specific to wine industry and SMWE

The success of our upgrade was a direct result of the hard work, patience and depth of knowledge of the CSS resources.

Marty Kreta Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

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