With a weak global economy and competition from other spirits, the rum industry is looking to exploit the opportunities created by growth in new and emerging markets. Rum distilleries are also reaching for cost-efficiencies and innovative approaches to production – and must look for ways to reduce operating costs while also optimising utilisation of staff and resources. A dynamic and changing sector demands powerful, integrated tools that support management, financial and planning teams and provide them a clear overview of daily operations.
A crucial part of any successful rum enterprise is a high-quality, innovative approach to spirit stock management. Managers must be able to meet all production targets, while monitoring and controlling all maturing spirit inventory effectively. Yet this is a complex area with a number of unique 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.