Bulldog Skincare, one of the UK’s most recognisable male grooming brands, have selected SAP Business One as the technology platform to support their continued success and growth. The market-leading ERP system for SMEs will be implemented and supported by the expert team at dcs Solutions.
Named as the Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year at the 2014 UK National Business Awards, Bulldog has already come a long way and achieved huge amounts in a relatively short period of time since the idea for the brand was born in 2005 (with products hitting store shelves two years later).
Having developed into one of the UK’s most popular male skincare brands with annual turnover of close to £10 million, by 2015 it had become apparent that a review of their business systems was a priority if this success was going to be continued into the future and replicated in other countries. Factors such as duplication of data entry, difficulty reconciling stock & financials on a monthly basis and a lack of real time reporting were presenting major barriers to efficiency and general business management.
As the team at Bulldog embarked on a review of the software market, the desire for international expansion would become key to their system selection. They needed a modern ERP system designed specifically for the needs of a growing SME which could support full MRP, integration to EDI and that would allow for accounting in multiple localisations worldwide.
Having identified the SAP Business One platform during this process as a solution that could meet these requirements, Bulldog Skincare approached specialists dcs to review the software package in more depth, as well as assess the organisation’s suitability as a SAP partner.
Bulldog Skincare Co-Founder Simon Duffy explains:
“At first we regarded SAP Business One with some trepidation due to a general feeling that its adoption could be complex and drawn out. However, after engaging with dcs it soon became apparent that this didn’t have to be the case.
“Their consultants came across as knowledgeable from the outset, presenting clear and uncomplicated ideas for how best to implement the solution along with tight project timescales. With our minds put at ease by the dcs approach we knew that in Business One we had found a scalable solution that would meet our business requirements and allow us to grow, not just now, but for many years to come.”
One area of the Business One solution of huge benefit to Bulldog already has been related to their stock hold where management capabilities have been improved despite greater complexity in the business and sales growth of nearly 30%. Since implementation stock hold as come down in absolute terms and also in percentage terms from 13.1% of sales to 9.5%. This stock management has been hugely helped by SAP B1’s MRP module.
In terms of overall efficiency, the automation of the sales order entry process through SAP Business One has enabled Bulldog to keep their supply chain headcount static even during recent periods of growth .
dcs SAP Business Manager, James Peel, welcomed Bulldog Skincare’s decision:
“Bulldog are a genuine success story and an innovative skincare brand that has really been embraced by the UK consumer. We are delighted that we were selected as their preferred partner to implement and support the SAP Business One solution which will support their future success both here and overseas.
“With the system now in place we have seen the team at Bulldog adopt B1 with minimal disruption and already begin to maximise what it can do for the business. Having implemented the solution ahead of the original schedules set out and well within the budgets laid out we are now looking forward to a long and productive partnership.”
To find out more about the Bulldog Skincare story and their award-winning range of products purpose built for men using natural ingredients that really work visit www.meetthebulldog.com.