Full flavour of SAP for Di Bella Coffee

Brisbane based Fast 100 company Di Bella Coffee will manage rapid growth with SAP Business One when it goes live in September. The IT project, run by SAP Channel Partner Enabling, started last month and is currently in the pre-implementation stages. Di Bella is on track for another 30 to 40 per cent growth in 2010, supplying about 1200 cafes all over the country.

As a small business, Di Bella was starting to find the use of Quick Books no longer provided an efficient way to manage its finances. An IT systems upgrade was not only wanted, but needed, in order to keep up with the day-to-day business of the coffee chain. "We need a system that can help us manage the size of the business, but also act as a platform for growth," says Gianna Di Bella, co-founder and project leader for the SAP implementation. "We've used Quick Books from the beginning but now we need something more substantial that can integrate several business processes especially now we need to balance our wholesale and retail businesses, with roasting our coffee beans to order as well as managing the online store.

"We need to make sure that our systems are working together to deal with the rapid turnover of inventory in each of the business models." Enabling Business Development Manager Neil James says SAP Business One is a good fit for Di Bella Coffee. "The company needs to review its business model and streamline its operations by seamlessly integrating key business processes such as sales, purchasing, inventory, and financials together – out-of-the-box,' James says. "Business One will work for Di Bella as it can be flexible for the changing needs the company will have as it continues to grow.

"The customisation tools available mean we can tailor SAP Business One to fit the specific business needs and individual user preferences." As part of the Di Bella Coffee global strategy, Di Bella Coffee has now expanded its operations into Shanghai, China. This project uses the business management model that has been key to Di Bella Coffee's success in Australia. SAP Business One will be incorporated into the market as well. Founded in 2002, Di Bella Coffee has achieved a wide range of awards and accolades, including its co-founder Philip di Bella being featured in BRW's Young Rich four years in a row.

The company, has also recognised three times by BRW's Fast 100 as one of the fastest growing companies in Australia.

(Media Release - Supply Chain Review)