Echelon Solutions Group and Topco Associates Announce a Successful SAP® Business Suite on HANA Go-Live

Member-owned Grocery Cooperative, SAP® Business Suite on HANA Implementation on time and under budget.

Elk Grove Village, IL – March 22, 2017 – Echelon Solutions Group, LLC, a fast-growing premier SAP implementation partner, and Topco Associates, LLC, a market-leading grocery cooperative, announced a successful Phase II SAP Business Suite on HANA go-live for its corporate headquarters in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.

Through great collaboration between the Echelon consulting team and the Topco business and IT teams, the SAP Business Suite on HANA go-live adhered to the original schedule by leveraging SAP’s best practices and implementation methodology. The project scope was to complete the SAP roll-out for the Topco Dairy/Bakery & Branded Meat divisions, but shortly after the project launched, it expanded to include the Seasonal Import program on the west coast.

The Dairy/Bakery & Branded Meat divisions had an on-time, eight month go-live which came in under budget. The Seasonal Import project was able to go live nearly a month earlier than originally planned in mid-March and was on-budget.

“Echelon Solutions Group was a pleasure to work with,” commented Jonathan Morse, Vice President of Technology and Continuous Improvement, Topco Associates. “They [Echelon] collaborated extremely well with our business users, project team, IT team, external consultants, and contractors. Their focus was always on the best interest of the business, and getting Topco live on time and under budget. The project couldn’t have gone much smoother.”

SAP Business Suite on HANA implementation included rolling out additional businesses onto: Materials Management (MM), Financials (FICO), Sales and Distribution (SD) for Order Management, Material Requirement Planning (MRP) for order consolidation, Business Warehouse/Business Objects (BW/BOBJ) for reporting, Vistex for member/vendor accruals & rebates, Vistex DMp for complex pricing structures and maintenance, random weight materials and country of origin, purchase order consolidation based on need date, and 3PL Warehouse integration using Adeptia EDI and Business Objects Data Services (BODS) for data migration.

“It has been a pleasure working with Topco as a partner, the success of this program is attributed to Topco team’s great vision, ability to manage change and work collaboratively and seamlessly with the business and IT sponsors,” said Aditya Bahl, Managing Principal, Echelon Solutions Group. “Team Echelon thrived in such a collaborative environment resulting in a very meticulously planned and executed project with great business adoption.”

By implementing these solutions, Topco will enable greater no-touch order processing, seamless integration with multiple applications, more efficient and automated pricing and accruals, reporting dashboards, and migrated three more businesses off of the legacy platforms.

About Echelon Solutions Group, LLC
Echelon Solutions Group is a complete end-to-end SAP solution provider including Sales, Services, and Operations. Echelon provides its clients with implementation and application management services for SAP solutions including SAP S/4HANA®, SAP SuccessFactors, and SAP Integrated Business Planning. Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Chicago, Echelon’s service model includes delivery and support from North America, India and Brazil.
www.echelonsg.com

About Topco Associates, LLC
Topco Associates, LLC is a privately held cooperative offering innovative business solutions for its food industry member-owners and customers. Topco provides procurement, quality assurance, packaging and other services exclusively for its member-owners, which include supermarket retailers, food wholesalers and foodservice companies.
www.topco.com

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