St. Jude Candle Company
St Jude Candle Company: From a small factory to a manufacturing powerhouse
producing an average of 40,000 candles daily, St. Jude Candle Company (SJCC) desperately needed to handle their growth. They improved their production process and adopted Acctivate as their business solution for inventory, manufacturing and distribution management.
David Wingard, CFO, briefly described their struggle with the absence of efficient tools and processes during a heavy growth period.
“The first two years we were just trying to stay afloat and keep up with demand,” he said. “We were trying to keep up just with the growth and the transaction processing was sort of suffering. It was getting done, but it was not where it needed to be.”
“Each year we were experiencing double-digit growth,” Wingard explained about their first few years in business.
St. Jude Candle Company was on fire and they knew their growth would continue to surpass their current capabilities. As they began their search for a capable solution, they were preparing for the future.
St Jude Candle Company’s need for a best-in-class inventory solution
St. Jude Candle Company’s software search first led them to a financial management and accounting software built for growth and success. It was the perfect fit for their financial, reporting, ordering, and purchasing operations, but it just didn’t have the manufacturing capabilities they required.
“It does not have the bill of materials or the ability to do your assembly transactions, whether it be taking it from a raw material stage into a WIP stage or a finished goods stage,” Wingard said.
But there was a simple solution, Acctivate Inventory Management Software, which added those capabilities to their accounting software as an integrated solution.
Smoother manufacturing & overall operations
Wingard described their improved operations.
When asked if Acctivate has played a role in helping them get to this transition, Wingard answered, “yes, absolutely”.
St. Jude Candle Company has met their manufacturing requirements with Acctivate’s discrete manufacturing (assembly) feature and the custom manufacturing (kitting) feature. Wingard explained the benefits of using Acctivate:
St. Jude Candle Company’s website advertises display pallets as a great way for their customers to merchandise popular, high-velocity items in their stores in an easy access package.
Acctivate’s custom manufacturing feature helps St. Jude Candle Company manage those display pallets, which are made up of different finished good items.
Real-time business intelligence
Wingard said the reporting capabilities were the “biggest selling factor” for Acctivate.
He explained the real-time data and visualization they have gained from Acctivate’s reporting:
The reporting capabilities, including the Acctivate dashboard, deliver the necessary information to everyone in the organization including production managers, “power users”, executives, and St. Jude Candle Company’s bank.
Efficient features for reporting and manufacturing are key factors for better operations that Acctivate has delivered to SJCC, but Wingard said there is an added bonus…
A scalable solution supports current & future growth
The rising demand for St. Jude Candle Company’s high-quality devotional candles continues, but now with Acctivate they can fulfill their current and future needs.
Wingard illustrated their continued growth stating that nine months following their implementation of Acctivate, “we were averaging 10 ½ percent growth.” They are accommodating and increasing this growth with equipment additions for greater production output and the expansion of their manufacturing facility.
Wingard summarized their future goals.
Acctivate will be by their side as they grow and SJCC knows that the software will grow with them. Wingard gave one example of how Acctivate can accommodate them in the future.
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