Tarmac halves monthly budgeting time and slashes sales forecasting processes through Anaplan implementation

Leading construction solutions company looks to Anaplan to further its offering 

Tarmac, the UK’s leading construction solutions company, is using Anaplan, the leader in Connected Planning, to run its planning and forecasting in the cloud, driving efficiencies and enhancing its customer offering. Following the implementation in April 2016, Tarmac has since been able to cut its monthly financial planning process by two weeks and its sales forecasting is down from 16 days to four.

Tarmac operates over 400 sites across the UK. Each operation had multiple spreadsheets involved in running those sites. By implementing the Anaplan platform, the Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) and finance teams have been able to eliminate hundreds of spreadsheets to streamline their processes. Following a successful pilot, the business is looking to bring these benefits to the wider organization and plans to run its complete budgeting process for the UK by the end of 2018.

Tarmac moves millions of tons of material around the UK by road, sea, and rail to hundreds of customer sites at any one time. Tight control of this supply network is vital to ensure that Tarmac delivers for customers efficiently. Tarmac uses Anaplan to manage its supply network and achieve greater visibility of material flows and inventory; where it sits and how it can be used more efficiently to improve consistency and certainty of supply for customers.

Tarmac uses Anaplan across its extensive aggregates and asphalt national supply network. In addition to S&OP forecasting and financial planning, the Anaplan platform is also used to deliver more dynamic stock management and more accurately make sourcing decisions. Now, the implications of planning decisions can be seen through the process down to the individual salesperson.

Sam Fergus, Logistics Performance Manager, Tarmac, said: “There is a huge opportunity for Tarmac to support our supply to construction projects of all scales by driving greater accuracy and efficiency in managing resources. Increasing our ability to deliver effective planning and forecasting is essential to helping us evolve our business. This partnership has transformed the way we plan and forecast, supporting our customer network across the country to ensure that they continue to have the right product in the right place at the right time.”

Karen Clarke, Managing Director Northern Europe, Anaplan, added: “Modern supply networks are more complex than ever before and technology holds the key to managing this effectively. Tackling the issue head-on in the cloud, with the ability to adjust and course-correct planning models in real-time to match changing business needs, is essential for any business. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Tarmac and are excited to take on the challenge of continuing to connect the organization’s planning and to help the business achieve its goals on an even grander scale.”

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