Outperform has been selected to provide a system for the planning of global seed production at Rijk Zwaan. Deciding factors were the quality of the Outperform software products, a demonstration of how these can be applied to the seed production challenge and commitment to meet the requirements in full. With this decision, Rijk Zwaan and Outperform extend their strategic collaboration.
The implementation project will be kicked off on 14th September and is scheduled to go live in Spring 2012. The decisions made on planning seed production have long term impact and involve a multitude of trade-offs and constraints. It is another opportunity for Outperform to bring the power of optimization to business users at all levels.
Rijk Zwaan specializes in breeding and supplying vegetable seed for commercial cultivation in glasshouses, tunnels and outdoors, anywhere in the world. In the world’s top 10 of globally-operating vegetable breeding companies, Rijk Zwaan holds a mid-position. Rijk Zwaan has a very broad base, with 900 varieties in approximately 25 different vegetable crops. Breeding and production facilities are located all over the world and seeds are sold in more than 100 different countries. Rijk Zwaan works with locally operating sales subsidiaries and with exclusive distributors. The head office is situated in De Lier, the Netherlands.
Selecting a vendor for the planning of global seed production was not a quick decision. We selected Outperform because they demonstrated total commitment to meet our requirements in full. After evaluating the software and the people behind it, I have no doubt they will.
Pieter Jan Epema, Manager Supply Chain Rijk Zwaan