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SAFO, a Beyond Technologies client, won the gold medal during the "SAP Quality Awards" for France in the "Fast Delivery" category
[October 10, 2017]

SAFO, a Beyond Technologies client, won the gold medal during the "SAP Quality Awards" for France in the "Fast Delivery" category

PARIS, Oct. 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Beyond Technologies—a global leader in SAP solutions and services—announced that The SAFO Group—a major player in the logistics and food distribution to the Antilles-Guyane—won the gold medal of the 2017 SAP Quality Awards for France, in the “Fast Delivery” category for the implementation of SAP S/4HANA Retail ® and SAP CAR® in just 11 weeks.

SAP, a market leader in enterprise software solutions, has rewarded SAFO during an award ceremony held on October 5, 2017, in Lille, during the USF convention (Utilisateurs SAP Francophones [Francophone SAP Users]).

This award is the result of a collaboration between SAFO and Beyond Technologies to support the rapid growth of the group and improve the overall operations of its 90 convenience stores, 14 supermarkets, 1 hypermarket, 3 wholesale stores, 2 brand-name agencies, 7 all temperature logistics platforms and a network of over 2,000 suppliers.

During a presentation in front a jury composed of USF and SAP France members, SAFO and Beyond Technologies demonstrated their skills in using quality principles before and throughout the project to secure and accelerate the implementation of SAP S/4HANA Retail® and SAP CAR®, while maximizing ROI and creating value for the SAFO Group.

The results are already outstanding:

  • Production launch in 11 weeks
  • Autonomous SAFO teams fully trained for in-store operations
  • The latest SAP® solution (SAP S/4HANA Retail®), intuitive user experience (Fiori®) and mobile in-store solutionReconciliation of several heterogeneous operational models around a common solution

We are proud to have accompanied the SAFO Group in this major transformation project, while meeting tight deadlines,” said Gregory Hermel, Chief Executive Officer of Beyond Technologies France. “We were very excited to meet a challenge of this scale and to once again leverage our SAP experience and our unique retail expertise. We are also honored to be associated with the SAP Quality Awards in France.

“Our strategic decision to implement SAP with the help of Beyond Technologies has allowed us not only to improve all our operations, but also to lower the cost of opening new stores while also simplifying future openings,” said François Huyghues Despointes, General Director of SAFO. “This award reflects the Beyond Technologies teams’ expertise to successfully accompany us in our growth.”

Thanks to this SAP award in France, the SAFO Group is now qualified for the European SAP Quality Awards, in the Fast Delivery category, which will be announced in early 2018.

About SAFO Group
SAFO, a logistics and food distribution company in the French Caribbean was created in 1962 by Gérard Huyghues Despointes, whose visionary idea allowed the creation of a complete cold chain to the Caribbean and Guyana. The group is the leading franchisee of food brands in the Caribbean, operating several large retail chains (Carrefour Group, FNAC-Darty Group and Picard Group). SAFO continues its development in all its businesses: distribution, non-domestic catering and logistics. 

About Beyond Technologies
Beyond Technologies is a professional service firm, specialized in SAP solution integration and business process optimization, particularly in the retail sector. Founded by a team of consultants with more than 20 years of experience in integrated management systems, the firm knows how to leverage best practices in Retail and SAP solutions to deliver sustainable and real benefits to its customers. 

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