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March 09, 2010

McCain Foods USA Implements Cass for Expense Management Services

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

McCain Foods USA, a manufacturer of French fried potatoes, appetizers and other products for military and industrial customers, as well as schools, has selected Cass Information Systems, a provider of freight payment and information management services, to manage business processes associated with McCain’s transportation expenses.

Officials with Cass said that the company will process, audit and pay McCain’s invoices for warehousing and freight shipments across multiple transportation modes – including air, rail, motor and parcel shipments.

Thanks to service agreement with Cass, McCain now expects to achieve long-term cost reduction through tighter invoice audit controls as well as through efficiencies gained by automation and utilization of Cass’ business intelligence tools.

“The roll out of McCain Foods’ processing system has truly been a best-in-class implementation,” said John Pickering, chief operating officer, Cass’ Transportation Information Services division, in a statement.

Pickering said that throughout the design, development and testing phases, McCain process owners ensured the Cass system met their business requirements. Their skillful, structured approach to release management resulted in an exceedingly smooth implementation, he said.

He said that now that McCain’s process is more automated, more data can be captured from invoices, allowing more efficient and detailed analysis of expenses. Achieving greater visibility into the process is what enables business process improvements and expense reduction, Pickering said.

“We selected Cass based on their track record in the industry and their ability to provide us with greater visibility through a more robust, Web-based reporting engine,” said Vito Parise, senior director, distribution, McCain Foods USA.
 

Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard



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