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Denis Maure - GM at Sepamat Europcar Atlantique (French episode)

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Denis Maure
Managing Director at Sepamat

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Welcome to another episode of our podcast, hosted by Emmanuel Scuto, the CEO and founder of WeYield, the leading revenue management company specializing in the car rental industry.
In this episode of the podcast, Emmanuel talks with Denis Maure, co-partner and Managing Director of Sepamat, the leading Europcar franchisee in France. They delve into the ambitious project of migrating Sepamat's 40-year-old ERP system to the modern solution, Wheels.

Main topics discussed:

  • Why and how to change an ERP system? The reasons behind the need to update their operational system and the method followed to successfully transition.
  • Key project stages: How Sepamat structured the project phases to ensure a smooth transition.
  • Team management: Strategies for organizing and motivating internal teams throughout the project.
  • Success factors: The crucial elements that contributed to the success of this migration project.

Background and Challenges of Sepamat:Sepamat, a pioneer in automotive mobility in western France, manages a fleet of 7,000 vehicles with a revenue of 60 million euros, operating under the brands Europcar, LocEco, and Marguerite. Faced with the obsolescence of its ERP system after four decades, the company had to act swiftly.

Migration Process:

  • Audit and Solution Selection: An internal audit, conducted with the help of a consultant from Next Decision, preceded the choice of Wheels by Invensys, a platform dedicated to car rental.
  • Project Management: Coordinating multiple interfaces, website revisions, and data management were essential. Weekly meetings and a regular project committee facilitated tracking.
  • Adaptations and Training: Necessary adaptations were made internally, with effective management of the language barrier.
  • Launch Planning: Initially planned for the end of February 2021, the launch was postponed to the Easter weekend to optimize resources.

Results and Impacts:The project went beyond a simple software update; it transformed Sepamat organizationally, requiring significant team availability (50% of their time). The successful launch resulted in increased efficiency and productivity, enabling new advancements, particularly better tracking of back-office impacts.

In this episode, discover how Sepamat navigated the challenges of an ERP migration and the lessons learned that could benefit others in the industry.

📌 Here's a glimpse into the enriching discussion:

  • 0:00:00 à 0:05:40 introduction de Denis Maure, présentation de Sepamat Europcar Atlantique
  • 0:05:40 à 0:9:15 pourquoi changer de PMS-système opérationnel ?
  • 0:9:15 à 0:17:30 organiser un audit interne pour aider à réaliser le cahier des charges
  • 0:17:30 à 0:28:50 choix de la solution Wheelsys par Invensys avec quels arbitrages
  • 0:28:50 à 0:40:00 comment coordonner tous les intervenants et animer le(s) projet(s)?
  • 0:40:00 à 0:50:00 go live : quelle date ?
  • 0:50:00 à la fin enseignements et résultats tirés de cette migration
Denis Maure
Managing Director at Sepamat

Meet our guest

Denis Maure

Managing Director at Sepamat

Denis Maure is the co-director of SEPAMAT, a family-owned automotive solutions company established in 1983, located in Orvault, Pays de la Loire, France. With a robust background in finance and organizational management from Audencia Business School, Denis has led SEPAMAT for over three decades, developing innovative mobility solutions and a range of fleet services, ensuring the company's leadership and responsible engagement in local markets.

Emmanuel Scuto
CEO of WeYield & Podcaster

🎙️ As the host of The Revenue Machine podcast, I am passionate about transforming the car rental industry through Yield, Revenue Management, and new technologies. Entrepreneur since 2007, I founded WeYield to empower and, more importantly, to provide greater freedom to all entrepreneurs and professionals in the Mobility sector.

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