Barnes Fencing Enhances Operational Efficiencies with SYSPRO
“Both our internal team and the SYSPRO consultants maintained a positive outlook and contributed directly to the outcome. It’s great knowing that we had SYSPRO’s support every step of the way”
-Ronnie Baijan– Financial Manager, Barnes Fencing
Barnes Fencing Industries is a principal manufacturer of steel products, including wire and fencing, for the construction, mining, agricultural and hardware industries. Established in 1993, this multifaceted producer services a large network of clients in South Africa and abroad.
The Business Challenge
The Barnes Group needed a fully integrated ERP solution to consolidate its production activities and enhance operational efficiencies.
Barnes Group made the transition from Pastel to SYSPRO in 2014 and has since migrated most of its subsidiaries to SYSPRO. The company is currently running SYSPRO 8 and the migration of its Botswana operation is under way.
By implementing SYSPRO, Barnes Fencing has been able to consolidate production activities at its various facilities as well as co-ordinate the logistics of transporting considerable volumes over a wide area. Based in Johannesburg, the company also has operations in Botswana and Namibia.
Prioritizing Customer Service
Current demand in the market has necessitated the need to split orders according to available stock on hand. As a total solution provider which prioritizes customer service, Barnes Fencing endeavors to deliver according to the material it has available ensuring customer stock levels are replenished as quickly as possible.
Ronnie Baijan, Financial Manager of Barnes Fencing, says: “We needed to optimize vehicle load and route planning to improve fleet turnaround as well as remaining efficient. SYSPRO has helped us contain distribution costs such as fuel through optimal planning of routes and loads.”
With SYSPRO 8, Baijan says there has been a noticeable improvement in the way the business is run. “It’s a lot more streamlined,” he says. “Having one totally integrated system has enabled us to significantly improve our operational efficiencies as we have a holistic view of all facets of the business.”
The ability to connect to SYSPRO remotely was also a substantial benefit during the lockdown imposed to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, when most of the management team was working offsite.
A team effort
Commenting on the upgrade to SYSPRO 8, Baijan says it was a well planned and executed implementation. “Both our internal team and the SYSPRO consultants maintained a positive outlook and contributed directly to the outcome. It’s great knowing that we had SYSPRO’s support every step of the way,” he says.
“Having one totally integrated system has enabled us to significantly improve our operational efficiencies as we have a holistic view of all facets of the business.”
-Ronnie Baijan – Financial Manager, Barnes Fencing