Data analytics helps Sistema ‘klip-IT’ on production efficiencies
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Data analytics helps Sistema ‘klip-IT’ on production efficiencies

Sistema means ‘system’ in Italian and also signifies the company’s systematic approach to manufacturing,which has helped the New Zealand business take on the world. A leading manufacturer of food storage containers, Sistema’s success is two-fold. It makes a clever product that people want to buy repeatedly. And it’s obsessed about innovatively making the product to ensure ongoing global competitiveness. 

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Topics: Case Study, Industry - Manufacturing, Job Role - IT, ERP - Epicor

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Sistema means ‘system’ in Italian and also signifies the company’s systematic approach to manufacturing,which has helped the New Zealand business take on the world. A leading manufacturer of food storage containers, Sistema’s success is two-fold. It makes a clever product that people want to buy repeatedly. And it’s obsessed about innovatively making the product to ensure ongoing global competitiveness. 

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