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Univar Expands Acorn's Solutions to Canada

July 15, 2009
Leading chemical distributor Univar has decided to expand its relationship with cost and profitability management solutions provider Acorn Systems. Beginning later this summer, Univar will grow its use of Acorn to include Univar Canada.

Univar USA has been an Acorn client since September 2008. The original implementation replaced a profitability model designed by a strategy consulting firm. Acorn delivered a more scalable version of the model to provide greater understanding of what drives profitability. Acorn automated the generation of profitability data, allocated all costs associated with Univar’s facilities and overhead, as well as cost of capital for inventory. In addition, Acorn generated comprehensive Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) cubes that are accessed through Microsoft Business Intelligence (BI) tools and used in making decisions regarding customers, orders, and contracts.

“With more than 250,000 customers, it’s essential that we have the capabilities to accurately record and track data that will enrich insight into our day-to-day operations,” said Jeff Siegel, Univar's vice president and controller. “Acorn’s programs dramatically improved the fundamentals of how we analyze Univar USA’s internal information, including profits and costs. This has been invaluable and we are confident that we will achieve the same benefits by expanding our use of Acorn to Univar Canada.”

Univar will expand its current use of Acorn’s Performance Analyzer and Acorn Advanced Analytics for Microsoft BI to Univar Canada, the leading chemical distributor in Canada.

“We believe Acorn’s results speak for themselves and have 12 years of case studies to back that up,” said J. Alex Fernandez, president and chief operating officer, Acorn Systems. “But it is always rewarding to work with happy clients who can see and feel the differences Acorn makes in their businesses. We look forward to expanding our relationship with Univar to the north and helping them continue to profitably grow their business.”

Univar is a leading independent distributor of industrial and specialty chemicals and related services. For more information, visit www.univarcorp.com.