Pepsico – Plant Visit – 18thNovember 2011
On 18thNov. 2011, the first batch of IIM Kashipur visited the bottling plant of PepsiCo in Bazpur, Uttarakhand. It was the first official plant visit as part of industry interaction of the students. Students were accompanied by Mr. Dinesh Saxena and Mr. Daljeet from the administration. On arrival at PepsiCo bottling plant, students were received by Mr. Maya Prakash from the HR department. After a small introduction session, the students proceeded towards the manufacturing unit where the students were introduced to the quality officer and his associates. As a safety requirement, everyone was required to wear leather shoes and the students complied with this requirement without fail. Anyone entering the manufacturing area is required to cover his heads and shoes and the required kit was provided to us. After all the essential safety and quality control requirements were fulfilled, we entered the production floor and were taken to the various sections of manufacturing viz., Water treatment, Syrup mixing, Bottle molding and Filler Units. After the production floor, students were taken to the warehouse. We got the opportunity to meet the store manager, who was recently awarded by Ms. Indra Nooyi for his warehouse management techniques. He briefed us on different warehouse management intricacies and students got their doubts clarified on supply chain issues. Later students had a 45 minute interaction with Plant’s HR manager, Amitabh Adhikary and Manufacturing manager in a conference hall. HR manager briefed about the plant’s organizational structure, various incentives being provided to the employees and the culture of the organization. Manufacturing manager briefed us about the different KPIs, seasonal challenges, price fluctuations of key ingredients and other minor issues. This was followed by a healthy Question-Answer session. Members from Placement Committee and Industry Interaction committee had a short meeting with the HR manager. They expressed their eagerness to have a long term relationship with PepsiCo and received a positive response. Overall the visit was successful in terms of the insights the students received about supply chain management and the overall manufacturing process. It also opened doors for further interaction and industrial assignments.