ABA Beverages holds special FORWARD workshop to initiate UAT 

Ali Bin Ali (ABA) Holding’s FORWARD application has already gone live in 12 different divisions and is stabilizing at an impressive pace. Now, Beverages – one of the most important business divisions of the Group – is gearing up for the rollout early next year, and the team is taking all possible steps to make it foolproof.

 

As the first step towards the implementation of the solution in ABA Beverages, the FORWARD team and consultation partner Intrasoft organized a one-day workshop on November 11, 2018. This will be followed by around three weeks of User Acceptance Testing (UAT) on the ABA Beverages premises. 

 

The workshop was led by the senior management of ABA Beverages along with support from the ABA PMO team and Intrasoft. The main purpose of this workshop was to explain the methodology and the approach to UAT itself. 

 

The occasion was also used for communicating some directives to the Beverages staff, from Executive Project Sponsor Mr. Mohamad A. Ebrik, General Manager Mr. Marc Karam and the PMO in general. The UAT will be an overall orientation explaining the whole ERP process before they Go Live in February 2019. 

 

Welcoming everyone to the FORWARD journey, Mr. Ebrik said: “You should be proud of being part of the team/ project that will, for the very first time in Ali Bin Ali Holding, transform the manufacturing process.”

 

Mr. Marc, who has been very enthusiastic about the project, said: “Embracing change is one of the critical components of success and the foundation of progress. The change and progress project FORWARD is bringing will fuel the success of ABA Beverages for years to come. It will also transform you as professionals. FORWARD will provide you with critical experience and contribute to your personal development. Don’t miss that opportunity to reinvent yourselves.”

 

During this testing phase, the ABA Beverages employees will be assigned different functions of the solution process. They will be covering the functions that are more vital to their business and also have not been implemented earlier in the previous ABA divisions that have gone live.

 

The ERP solution at ABA Beverages is a little different from the one used in other divisions of ABA. In Beverages, FORWARD will be focused on four processes – Supply Chain Planning, Manufacturing & Maintenance, Distribution and Finance.

 

In the first process of Supply Chain Planning for the division, proper planning will be carried out for providing the resources that are needed to produce the beverages products. For example, determining the number of bottles needed according to the demand in the market during a specific time-frame. 

The second process of Manufacturing and Maintenance involves the bottling of the beverages products as well as the maintenance of the overall fleet machinery. 

The Distribution process will help in planning and handling the delivery cycle of manufactured products. During the whole production phase, Finance comes into the picture with transactions to and fro during most of the other processes. 

 

Implementation of these four processes will make their lives easier as it is automating all major daily operations. Around 150 test cases will be tested by 35 users who are expected to generate 500-1,000 transactions across these four processes. An equivalent of 2,600+ man hours are expected to put in during this three weeks of UAT. 

 

ABA Pepsi Division celebrates Ramadan 2017 with annual Iftar party

Carrying on with its tradition, the Ali Bin Ali Group Beverages Division gathered for the annual Iftar party on June 6, 2017.

More than 500 employees of the ABA Beverages Division attended the party, which was held at Regency Halls in Doha.

Present at the Iftar gathering was the General Manager of ABA Beverages, Mr. Marc Karam, as well as CEOs and General Managers from other divisions.

Mr. Karam awarded excellence and appreciation certificates and gifts to 33 employees for their outstanding performance in the company through their stint with Pepsi Cola.

He also applauded the efforts of every staff member and said, “I would like to thank all of you for your contribution to the success of the Division. ABA Beverages is like one family and the annual Iftar gathering is the perfect occasion for all of us to bond. Let’s work together and keep the Ali Bin Ali Group flag flying high.”

A lucky draw for all the attendees was enjoyed by everyone, adding a fun element to the evening.

Held in the spirit of the holy month of Ramadan, the 2017 Iftar gathering was one of the best the Division has hosted in many years – giving employees an opportunity to come together and bond.

P.P. Viswanathan awarded the PepsiCo Chairman’s Circle of Champions Award for the year 2016

 

In a very proud moment for the Ali Bin Ali Group, P.P. Viswanathan, Quality Control manager at the ABA Beverages Division, has been honoured with the prestigious PepsiCo Chairman’s Circle of Champions Award for 2016.

The awards ceremony was held at the Westchester Marriott, New York, on September 29. It was arranged by the PepsiCo headquarters and Viswanathan along with his guest was present at the event.

The PepsiCo Chairman’s Circle of Champions Award selects 200 employees globally, out of 180,000-plus employees, based on consistent performance criteria for the past several years.

The recognition for ABA Beverages Division’s Viswanathan is a clear step from PepsiCo to motivate employees to come up to the global standards of performance.

Earlier, informing Viswanathan about the honour, PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra K Nooyi had said in a letter that the award is their way of recognising the performance he delivers each and every day. “You embody the kinds of qualities – excellence, determination and perseverance – that have made, and will always make, our company so successful,” she wrote.

PepsiCo recognises ABA Beverages Division’s product excellence with prestigious awards

Adding another feather to the Ali Bin Ali Group’s cap, the ABA Beverages division has been awarded the prestigious Caleb Bradham Quality Excellence Award & Food Safety Award for the year 2015.

By earning these two distinguished honours, ABA Beverages is able to continue with its award-winning legacy.

The award ceremony, which took place at the PepsiCo International office in Dubai, the UAE, was attended by the senior ABA Pepsi team and was a gala affair.

The ABA Beverages Division earned the accolades based on the results of the AIBI UK Food Safety and PepsiCo International Unannounced Quality Audits.

ABA Beverages bagged the PepsiCo Caleb Bradham Quality Award on meeting the criteria set for the Silver Quality Award for 3D quality systems for the year 2015. It also scored 900/1,000 points in the Food Safety Audit, the highest score in the Gulf, and was honoured with the Silver Award for 2015.

The company was presented with the above awards based on the continuous monitoring of the quality of ABA Beverages products in the market for the entire year.

The legacy of Ali Bin Ali Beverages dates back to 1961 as a producer and distributor of beverages. Ensuring highest quality production, ABA Beverages owns and operates state-of-the-art factories that have been designed according to international specifications, uphold the highest industry standards and are fully equipped to produce carbonated soft drinks.