As it moved to Planful for financial planning and close and consolidation, it looked upstream and recognized account reconciliations as the key to faster, more accurate financial data. Adding Adra® by Trintech eliminated repetition and added accountability to its reconciliation process, saving as much as one day per day for its accounting team.
Ferraro Foods delivers delicious products to over 8,000 customers in 26 states. As its business grew and locations/subsidiaries multiplied, it became more difficult to gain an accurate and timely view into the company’s financial performance. Financial data resided in one of two ERP systems, and with consolidations run in Excel, it wasn’t just hard to resolve errors; they weren’t even noticed until the close process was in motion or completed.
With a transition to Planful already underway, Johann and team decided to also streamline its financial performance management processes from the very beginning, at reconciliation, by automating and eliminating much of the manual effort. The company had relied on an email- and spreadsheet-driven process that was entirely manual and lacked accountability.
With the help of CFO solutions, a certified Trintech implementer,, Ferraro Foods was able to gain control of their financial close calendar and automate their large volume reconciliations.
Ferraro Foods chose to enhance its Planful implementation by automating their reconciliation process using Adra by Trintech to standardize, automate, and accelerate reconciliation workflows. It would also make data more trusted as it flowed into close and consolidation processes, and beyond.
Ferraro Foods particularly relies on Adra Matcher to reduce time spent on month-end transaction matching. It can match and reconcile large volumes of transactions quickly and accurately including daily banking transactions, even across different systems and data sources. This takes the repetition out of balance sheet reconciliation for a financial close that’s fast, accurate, and easy to manage while allowing time to concentrate on the most important accounts.
“Reconciliation takes a lot of time, but it’s mostly a redundant effort,” added Johann. “I’d say 80% of the work is just matching across thousands of transactions. So don’t do it; let Adra take care of it. Adra turns hours into an hour, or less. Across our team of four, Adra saves each about two hours per day. We’re saving a day’s worth of effort every day.”
That time saved during reconciliation gives analysts the freedom and flexibility to focus on more valuable efforts, and the reconciliations from Adra immediately flow into Planful to kickstart close and consolidation.
By implementing Adra, Ferraro Foods significantly improved visibility and gained control of their financial close calendar. With Adra’s period-end close and task management features, Ferraro Foods was able to track and monitor close activities, assign and ensure completion of close tasks, set deadlines, and collaborate across teams and people.
“Just like Planful gives us visibility into and control over our financial consolidation process, Adra gives us the same for reconciliation,” Johann said. “Are the account reconciliations done? Are they done correctly? Have they been submitted on time? There’s a constant set of checks and balances to ensure all components of our close process are done correctly and on time. And, we can rely on Planful as the system of record for auditing, too, because we trust the data.”
As a result, Ferraro Foods has achieved impressive results with their close duration reduced from 10 business days to just four-and-a-half days. This improvement was attributed to Adra’s reconciliation capabilities, enabling the identification and resolution of errors before the close process commenced.