Wrigley Selects SAP as Global Business Systems Platform
mySAP.com(R) to Provide the Wrigley Company with World-Class Solutions For Enterprise Management, CRM, Portals, and Human Resources
CHICAGO, Sept. 23, 2002 -- SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced that the Wrigley Company has selected mySAP.com(R) as the information technology platform to unify and increase the efficiency of its worldwide operations, enhance customer service, and improve communication and information available to its employees. Under the agreement, approximately 10,000 Wrigley employees will use mySAP.com solutions as part of a phased global rollout beginning with managing core business processes in Europe, Asia/Pacific, and the Americas. This will be followed by additional locations and solutions, including customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise portals, and human resources over time. With the selection, the Wrigley Company joins the growing number of the world's leading consumer products companies that have chosen SAP solutions to standardize and integrate global business processes and improve their operating margins and competitive positions within the industry. A recognized leader in the confectionery field and the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of chewing gum, the Wrigley Company has global sales of nearly $2.5 billion and markets its brands in more than 150 countries. The selection of mySAP.com will provide the company with a single global business system platform to unify operations, accommodate future growth, and support the company's overall business strategy. "Our IT infrastructure plays an important role in supporting our mission to weave Wrigley brands into the fabric of everyday life around the world," said Donagh Herlihy, the Wrigley Company's chief information officer. "We require a solution robust enough to address both our core business processes as well as our relationships with customers, employees, and partners around the world. mySAP.com provides us with the broad-ranging functionality necessary to tightly align our IT initiatives with the company's strategic business plan and support our ongoing growth." Wrigley went live with mySAP.com in the United Kingdom, Austria, and the Netherlands in January 2002, and Spain and Scandinavia regions in August 2002. Wrigley plans to extend its deployment of mySAP.com in the United States in November 2002, Western Europe in January 2003, and China in mid-2003. Wrigley will then execute a rapid rollout throughout the rest of its operations. The company will use the solution's enterprise management capabilities to better manage activities including reporting, order processing, manufacturing, and financials. Applications from the SAP solution portfolio will aid in demand and supply planning; scheduling, production, and distribution; and financial processes including business planning, budget preparation and treasury and accounting. Future phases will include the deployment of mySAP(TM) Customer Relationship Management (mySAP CRM), mySAP(TM) Enterprise Portal (mySAP EP), and mySAP(TM) Human Resources (mySAP HR). "The Wrigley Company manages some of the world's most popular and well-established brands, and SAP will enable the company to consolidate its operating systems for better visibility and more efficient global supply planning," said Leo Apotheker, president, Global Field Operations, SAP AG, and member of the SAP Executive Board, SAP AG. "mySAP.com provides Wrigley with a solution both to harmonize business processes across disparate operating units and locations and to enhance the value of its customer and employee relationships." About SAP SAP is the world's leading provider of e-business software solutions. Through the mySAP.com(R) e-business platform, people in businesses around the globe are improving relationships with customers and partners, streamlining operations, and achieving significant efficiencies throughout their supply chains. Today, more than 18,000 companies in over 120 countries run more than 50,000 installations of SAP(R) software. 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