Thomas The Baker Revamps IT Systems

A NORTH Yorkshire-based bakery is set to revamp it’s IT software as part of a £200,000 infrastructure overhaul.

Thomas The Baker is installing York-based RedBlack’s CyBake Touch shop control software, across its 33 shops, three cafés and a butcher/delicatessen during a 12-month roll-out.

Simon Thomas, director and general manager of Thomas the Baker, said: “Ultimately we are looking at reconciliation. We can look right at the beginning, from our raw materials right through to the end product, and account for it.

“We also hope to gain a few other things like ease-of-use and improving our control of waste. We will get a lot more information that should allow us to optimise upselling and achieve better product availability.”

The Cybake software will also be used at its Helmsley Head Office. This will help the company to control stock levels so that it is producing the right quantity of goods at the right time. The Cybake Touch software will also enable shop managers to place orders and check-in deliveries via touch-screens.

Thomas the Baker’s famous sausage rolls are extremely popular with the firm selling up to 80,000 a week. They also employ 450 staff.

Jane Tyler, managing director of RedBlack software, said: ‘”While we have customers all over the UK, working on a sizeable local project like this has been really beneficial.  Thomas’s is the kind of independent bakery which fits our own profile perfectly.”

By Stacey Louise McEvoy