Infor nets 7-year SaaS deal with New Zealand seafood giant Sealoard

Infor CloudSuite F&B to play a crucial role in steering Kiwi success story towards gains in sustainability, cost efficiency, and supply chain traceability

Infor, the industry cloud company, today announced that Sealord, one of the largest seafood companies in the Southern Hemisphere, has selected Infor CloudSuite Food & Beverage (F&B) and Infor Supply Chain Planning (SCP) in an initial seven-year, multi-tenant SaaS agreement to enhance productivity, improve forecasting and better measure sustainability.

Sealord chooses leading cloud ERP provider Infor as a strategic partner to implement an operational cloud-based platform that provides day-one functionality gains and continues to adapt and improve into the future.

Sealord is also looking to incorporate a stronger and more modernized asset management solution to cater to its end-to-end requirements as an asset-intensive business. These include purchase and commissioning, maintenance and asset management, and tracking from both land and sea-based users.

Along with reducing risk and improving efficiencies across the business, Sealord’s focus on promoting positive sustainability practices resulted in the selection of Infor CloudSuite, built specifically for their F&B industry, to establish specific carbon and other sustainability measures, such as sea temperature and plastics usage monitoring, to enable and improve reporting, management, and progress on sustainability goals.

Sealord CIO Matthew Dodd said Infor was selected as it was an ideal fit as a strategic partner.

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“Infor has incorporated in-depth industry-specific features that are purpose-built within Infor CloudSuite F&B, aligning with Sealord’s business processes and operations. This results in an immediate fit solution out of the box. Ultimately, we were looking for a long-term strategic partner to work with. We value the decades of Infor development that have resulted in strong food-manufacturing capability and appreciate that Infor and Sealord share similar visions for people and culture,” Dodd said.

“We needed to address growing business and security risks associated with our legacy systems. Infor will enable us to redesign our core financial systems around current and anticipated business requirements. With Infor, we can more easily automate workflows and month-end processes and provide standardized reports to increase productivity across the business.”

With Infor, Sealord can add lead indicators, statistical data, and other non-financial information in business focus areas such as sustainability, market share, employee numbers, customer sentiment, market trends, and health and safety data.

The new solution will also provide comprehensive multi-currency financial consolidation within the cloud ERP suite so that all Sealord Group companies are reported and managed within one system, allowing Sealord to retire costly, standalone consolidation software.

“Standardising on one procurement system will create process efficiencies and reduce costs. It will also improve planning and forecasting the speed, accuracy, and visibility. With Infor’s ERP solution, Sealord will save valuable time through modern workflow, automation, and AI tools,” Dodd said.

Sealord has fishing, aquaculture, and land-based factory processing operations in New Zealand and Australia and global sales operations. Infor solutions will be adopted across the whole business.

Infor ANZ vice-president and managing director Jarrod Kinchington said, the win followed a highly competitive tender.

“Infor is delighted to be Sealord’s strategic partner, helping to streamline their business and realize new efficiencies with the innovative and industry-specific functionalities afforded by Infor CloudSuite. We’ve built a very good relationship with the business despite pandemic disruptions. We look forward to helping Sealord meet its strategic goals so that it can focus on its core business while our platform provides the data and seamless tracking they require,” Kinchington said.

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