JR Watkins

JR Watkins

Reducing costs and increasing flexibility with cloud

America’s original natural apothecary manufacturer

Nestled in the Mississippi River bluff town of Winona, Minn., J.R. Watkins has been a pioneer in natural living since 1868. J.R. Watkins uses only the finest natural ingredients in its diverse lines of personal and home care products, remedies, and gourmet extracts and spices. About 10 years ago, the company began to move from a direct marketing, direct-to-consumer model to a model that focuses on large retail and wholesale customers.

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Finding value and efficiency in the cloud

 
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Challenges

As JR Watkins continued its shift away from a direct-to-consumer model, the company needed to manage procurement, manufacturing, and distribution with a single system that allowed it to meet the strict delivery dates of its new retail and wholesale customers. The company also sought to increase margins, help its employees do their jobs faster and more efficiently, and transition its IT group to the role of a solution provider.

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Strategy

JR Watkins replaced its legacy ERP system with Infor’s cloud-based solution designed specifically for food & beverage manufacturers. The company worked with Infor to build and execute an aggressive implementation plan that resulted in a smooth but rapid transition. 

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Benefits

JR Watkins completed its implementation 25% faster than anticipated with costs significantly under budget. Cost savings from moving to the cloud are projected to exceed $500,000 in just five years. The company also implemented its new system with zero customizations, which will result in greater flexibility and agility.

The total cost of ownership study we did with Infor allowed us to create a very convincing business case that demonstrated how going to the cloud would save us a lot of capital cash and a lot on the expense side as well. We saved about a half million dollars by choosing Infor’s cloud-based solution for food & beverage manufacturers.

Scott Iverson IT Director
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Key facts

 

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$500K+Savings from moving to cloud

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25%Faster than anticipated implementation

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$200K+ Reduction in hardware refresh costs

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