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Recticel is a Belgian manufacturer of foam fillings for top-brand seating furniture, mattresses and bed bases, as well as insulation material, material for car interiors, and various other products for industrial and domestic use. Recticel produces renowned bed brands; Beka®, Lattoflex®, Literie Bultex®, Schlaraffia®, Sembella®, Swissflex®, Superba®, and Ubica®. An Insulation division supplies high-quality thermal insulation products under the well-known brand names of Eurowall®, Powerroof®, Powerdeck®, and Powerwall®

The Challenge

With a busy manufacturing business, Recticel needed a way to more effectively assess the creditworthiness of customers and assign the appropriate credit limits and lines. They recognized it was essential to have access to sufficient, accurate information and external data.

The Solution

After thorough consideration, Recticel chose to work with Dun & Bradstreet, leveraging two Dun & Bradstreet risk management solutions; Portfolio Manager and DBAI.

Portfolio Manager allows analysis to be made on customer portfolios. The decision to use Portfolio Manager was based on the ability to also leverage competitively-priced, high-quality global information from Dun & Bradstreet that allows Recticel to apply a consistent credit management process in risk evaluation and rating, based on the ability to assign credit limits in all its branches.

Also important was Dun & Bradstreet’s ability to integrate with SAP. In addition to Portfolio Manager, Recticel also uses DBAI. This online portal enables Recticel to download detailed reports from every legal entity, concerning existing customers, potential customers, suppliers, competitors, and so on. DBAI is a useful addition to Portfolio Manager because the module gives access to even more detailed information, such as the turnover and net profits of companies, their complete balance sheets, or important legal information. These extensive reports allow Recticel to carry out even more in-depth analyses

How it Works

Recticel can now check the percentage of its customers that have received a high, medium, or low failure risk rating from Dun & Bradstreet. At the same time, they receive an instant picture of a customer’s payment patterns, more easily answering questions such as: Is this customer likely to pay more quickly or more slowly than average? In addition, with information from Dun & Bradstreet, they can immediately identify changes in payment patterns.

The system also provides an interface between Portfolio Manager and the FSCM module in the Recticel SAP system, so that the rating and payment information from D&B can be integrated into SAP. Van Tendeloo continues, “We work with internal score boards. Every customer is given a credit score that serves as a basis for determining credit limits. Because we can import external data in our SAP system, we can determine the score on the basis of our own internal data and the external information from Dun & Bradstreet. That is important added value. It is also possible to integrate information from SAP, such as the aging balance, in Portfolio Manager via the interface. That gives us an immediate picture of outstanding amounts for high failure risk customers, for example.”

Results & ROI

Today, twenty people in more than eleven countries are leveraging the Dun & Bradstreet solution. And as far as Karel Van Tendeloo is concerned, the solutions have more than proved their worth based on the huge gains they’ve had in efficiency.

With Portfolio Manager, Recticel is much more accurately targeted with analysis of their customer portfolio. They can also focus specifically on certain sectors, and to rapidly gain a clear picture of exposure to particular risks.

Another major benefit is the integration with SAP. Before the partnership with Dun & Bradstreet, credit scores and limits were granted solely based on internal data, such as payment histories. The addition of Dun & Bradstreet insight and ratings has enabled more variables to be directly incorporated into a ‘Recticel score’ via the interface.