Haribo’s recent deployment of S/4HANA may have led to problems getting its products into stores, but experts believe they could have been avoided with better project management.

Did a troubled SAP S/4HANA implementation project cause the great gummy bear shortage of 2018?

In many parts of the world, especially in Europe, the sweet, gelatinous gummy bears are a holiday season staple treat, but the candy’s maker, Haribo, had serious problems getting the gummies onto the shelves of stores and suppliers late in 2018.

While it’s unlikely the S/4HANA implementation alone was the cause of Haribo’s gummy bear shortage, the problems cost the company lost sales and damaged its reputation. Industry analysts agree that the Haribo case — along with German discount grocer Lidl’s failed SAP deployment — points out the risks involved with large and complex ERP projects.

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