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Renewal of Framework and ERP system for Hellers in New Zealand

"The new system makes it easier for us to move and track stock while meeting strict compliance regulations. We’re reducing waste and cost while we increase productivity"

Dominic Stove, IT Manager, Hellers

The customer

The Heller family tradition of butcheries began when Gorg Heller emigrated from Germany to New Zealand during the gold rush of the 1880s and started supplying the gold miners from a small shop in Arrowtown. Todd Heller continued the long line of butchers by opening his first butchery in New Brighton, Christchurch, in 1985. Inspired by his travels and the cooking styles of different cultures, Todd began offering greater variety and new flavours.

Today, the company’s modern plants have kept pace with technology without compromising the traditional values and standards of quality upon which its reputation has been founded. Every week Hellers produces over 4 million sausages and over 3 million slices of bacon.

The challenge

Hellers wanted to replace some elements of its aging legacy factory IT system in order to enable more accurate inventory tracking while reducing costs and waste and providing a modern technology platform so they were no longer locked them into proprietary software, and without impacting its integration with the Dynamics NAV ERP system.

The solution

Hellers turned to long term partner Fujitsu with whom the company had previously worked, to design, develop and deploy a new .NET framework integrated with the existing Dynamics NAV ERP system. In addition asking Fujitsu to provide guidance, leadership and quality assurance to support the delivery.

The benefit

  • The project came in on time and under budget
  • Time to create yield reports reduced to under a minute means employees can access and respond to critical data quickly
  • Reduces wastage in the inventory and lowers costs
  • Any device can plug into the new interface, increasing flexibility and enhancing functionality
  • Better efficiency means that fresher, tastier food gets to the supermarket shelves faster


Read the full Hellers case study (322 KB/A4, 2 pages)