As producers of brandy look to respond to industry trends and deliver growth amid a wider industry downturn, the ability to run an efficient business and reduce costs is vital. Yet with potentially hundreds of thousands of casks to manage – from initial filling, right through the maturation process until the casks are disgorged – how can distillery and warehouse managers consistently meet production targets cost effectively, making optimal use of staff, warehouse space and other resources?
In order to ensure the quality of the finished spirit is high, organisations must ensure their stock management processes take into account numerous complex factors and challenges and respond to them effectively. It is vital that distilleries have complete control over all stock movements and storage decisions, optimising warehouse utilisation, ensuring compliance with regulation and legislation, and improving financial reports and audit trails. DRAMS has been specifically developed to meet these challenges.
The DRAMS package provides control over multi-location, multi-warehouse environments, providing a detailed inventory of stock, tracking contents and location of every barrel. Graphical warehouse analysis allows the warehouse manager to optimise use of available space, and provides key stakeholders with a complete overview of their stocks. The system also improves management of warehouse rents, via production of rental invoices and accrued rent calculation reports.
DRAMS produces key reports and audit trails required with various pieces of national and international regulation and legislation. This includes Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) in the UK, and the Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) in North America. The system also protects data and information, providing users with backup documentation, and an effective means of managing receipts and despatch documents.
Easy to use enquiry screens and blending functions enable blending processes to be optimised, and blend teams to easily identify and select the stock which best meets their requirements. Providing organisations with an advanced means of managing their blend recipes, the system allows teams to automatically select stock and generate picking lists, and it also provides analysis of blends, as well as maturation losses.