This study examines the impact of
information technology on the supply function of an organization. The objective
of the study is to identify how information technology affect the supply
function of an organization as well as to find out the innovative approaches
that has been recently developed in relation to supply function of an
organization and also to determine whether the process is reliable enough in
ensuring efficiency and effectiveness in increasing organizational performance.
To this end, attempts were made to review literature on the concepts of
information technology and supply function, the impact of information
technology on supply functions, functions of information technology on
production as well as supply functions of an organization. The researcher
recommended among other things that small, medium and large organizations
should use information technology in order to boost their production, enhance
service delivery, reduce operational cost and organizational efficiency.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Title Page - - - - - - - - - - i
Approval Page - - - - - - - - - ii
Declaration - - - - - - - - - iii
Dedication - - - - - - - - - - iv
Acknowledgement - - - - - - - - v
Abstract - - - - - - - - - - vi
of Contents - - - - - - - - vii
1.1 Background of the Study - - - - - - 1
1.2 Historical Background of Nigeria Breweries
Plc - - 2
1.3 Aims/Objectives of the Study - - - - - 10
CHAPTER TWO: LITERATURE REVIEW
2.1 Introduction - - - - - - - - 11
2.2 Conceptual Framework - - - - - - 16
2.2.1 Concept of Information Technology - - - - 16
of Supply Function - - - - - - 20
of the Concept - - - - - - 22
2.3.1 The Impact of Information Technology on Supply
of Nigeria Breweries Plc - - - - 22
2.3.2 Function of Information Technology on Production
in Nigeria Breweries Plc - - - - 32
2.3.3 Functions of Information Technology on Supply
of Nigeria Breweries Plc - - - - 38
2.3.4 Advantages of Technology to Nigerian Breweries
Plc - 41
SUMMARY, CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS
3.1 Summary - - - - - - - - - 43
3.2 Conclusion - - - - - - - - - 44
3.3 Recommendations - - - - - - - 44
References - - - - - - - - - 46
of the Study
research work focuses on the impact of information technology on the supply
function of an organization, a case study of the Nigeria Breweries (NB) Plc.
This research work is carried out in order to know the benefit or role
information technology has impacted in the modern day business operation and in
the entire human life as a whole.
technology is the application of computers and telecommunication equipment to
store, retrieve, transmit and manipulate data. Information technology, as
defined by the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) is “the
study, design, development, implementation, support or management of
computer-based information systems, particularly software application and
computer hardware. Information technology deals with the use of electronic
computer and computer software to convert, store, protect, process, transmit
and securely retrieve information. Information technology has introduced modern
ways of working in many organization which Nigeria Breweries Plc is not an
exemption, because the primary reason for the increase in popularity and
utilization of information technology especially in large manufacturing
industry like Nigeria Breweries (NB) is efficiency, speed, low procurement cost
and accuracy in handling of multiple task simultaneously than using the manual
system of keeping record because it is very difficult to consider running a
business today without information technology.
Background of Nigeria Breweries Plc
Breweries Plc, the pioneer and largest brewery company in Nigeria, was
incorporated in 1946. In June 1949, the company recorded a landmark when the
first bottle of Star lager beer rolled off its Lagos brewery bottling lines.
This first brewery in Lagos has undergone several optimization process and as
today boasts of the most modern brew house in the country.
1957, the company commissions its second brewery in Aba. Kaduna brewery was
commissioned in 1963 while Ibadan brewery came on stream in 1982. In 1993, the
company acquired its fifth brewery in Enugu. In October 2003, a sixth brewery,
sited at Ameke, in Enugu State was commissioned and christened Ama Brewery. Ama
brewery is today, the biggest and most modern brewery in Nigeria, operations in
the old Enugu brewery were however discontinued in 2004, while the company
acquired a malting plant in Aba in 2008.
October 2011, Nigeria Breweries acquired majority equity interest in Sona
System Associates Business Management Limited (Sona System) and life breweries
limited from Heineken N.V. This followed Heineken’s acquisition of controlling
interests in five breweries in Nigeria from Sona group in January 2011.
systems two breweries in Ota and Kaduna and life breweries in Onitsha have now
become part of Nigeria Breweries Plc, together with the three brands: Goldberg
lager, Malta gold and Life continental larger.
from the humble beginning in 1946, the Nigeria Breweries now has eight
operational breweries from which its high quality products are distributed to
all parts of Nigeria in addition to the ultra modern malting plant in Aba and
Star lager, launched in 1949
Gulder larger, launched in 1970
Legend extra stout, launched in June
Maltina, launched in 1976 the grouped
into Strawberry and Maltina pineapple.
Amstel Malta, launched in 1994
Maltina sip-it launched in 2005.
Fayrouz in pear and pineapple.
company has a total of 2,240 employees with Kola B. Jamodu as the Chairman and
M.J. Herkeniyi as the C.E.O. Its total net profit is
N30,332,118,000 while its total revenue is N186,122,212,000.
company being large and widespread is divided into department to create an
avenue for diversification, division of labour, professionalism and efficiency.
The company is subdivided basically into eight (8) departments whose areas of
specialization are very unique to each department, these are:
The brewing department;
The packaging department’
The engineering department;
The human resources department;
The finance department;
The brewery control department;
The logistics department;
The information and communication.
Brewing Department: Is directly involved in the
brewing of the beverage roper. Here, the grains and all other condiments are
taken in and processed in their respective manners to produce the various
brews. The grains are ground, the wort extracted, additives put in and finished
product is sent to the packaging department through overhead insulated pipes.
Packaging Department: Takes delivery of the brews and
goes ahead to put them in bottles, cork them and pasteurize them. The filled,
corked, inspected and pasteurized bottle are then palletized. This stage, they
are moved with the aid of tractor pulled trolley to the finished products
Engineering Department: Ensures that every mechanical
aspect of the brewing process runs smoothly, all boilers, pasteurizers,
palletizer, pumps, valves, millers etc are all working perfectly. They also
ensure that the availability of power to runt the business. The company runs solely
on generators, routine maintenances and repairs are also taken care by the
engineering team. Other areas of work here are the deep wells and the water
plants (production and purification).
Human Resource Department: Takes of all staff
issues, from recruitment, training, selection and welfare packages. They do the
planning of leave roasters, calculate clocked work hours (including overtime)
and deduce wages. Another important aspect of their work is taking care of the
Finance Department: Is in charge of all issue
relating to funds, assets and account belonging to the company. They also
verify and make payouts to winners of various promotions the company does.
Vouchers for fuel and cheques, for contracts being carried out or finished, are
issued in the department. The finances department is in control of all the
finances and provision of necessary funds as required for the implementation of
projects. They accept the cheques and ensure that all the staff get their
salaries at the end of the month.
Brewery Control Department: Is established to
work alongside the finance department. Its duties are to serve as in-house
auditors, reconcile accounts, justify spending and keep an eye on the packaging
Logistics Department and Engineering Department:
It is a department committed to clarify (of the company’s accounts – inflow and
outflow). They are expected to present all these accounts to the brewery
manager at the right time.
Information and Communication Department: This provide
necessary information to both staff in various department and also to the
consumers of their product in general. They also provide information to their
various consumers on new products, prices and also crate an efficient, flexible
online/offline platform for doing business with customers supplier and
of the Study
aim and objective of this research work is to examine the impact of information
technology on the supply function of an organization.
To identify the impact of information
technology on the supply function of organization.
To identify the basic concept involving
in the design and operation of information system in relation to supply
To identify the innovative approaches
that has been recently developed in relation to supply function of an
To determine whether the process is
reliable enough in ensuring efficiency and effectiveness in increasing