The future has arrived and its automated, yet many manufacturers are still living in the spreadsheet stone age.The same was true of Sport Obermeyer. An overcustomised IT system that no one knew how to use, meant people were relying on spreadsheets. What’s wrong with spreadsheets the Luddites ask?….
Obermeyer’s cost margins were out by as much as 10%, and a high maintenance system that was near impossible to extract data from was starting to affect the bottom line, and ultimately see the company out of business.
Enter Greg Bannister, COO, who within a year, completely transformed the IT Infrastructure with “the most aggressive strategy anyone has ever heard of”. With a new ERP system fully implemented in a 3 month turnaround, warehouse management in 4, PLM in 5, and supply chain before the year was out, Obermeyer now have a far more efficient supply chain with a single database across all platforms.
The end result? A much more successful company. In this PI Apparel interview, Greg shares how he managed this momentous system overhaul, and why a ‘sink or swim’ implementation really is the only way to go.
Boosting Supply Chain Efficiencies with Modern Technology with Greg Bannister, COO, Obermeyer
What we mandate is that we train factories, and the first thing they have to do is acknowledge our PO, then we know that they are interested in building our product
Sport Obermeyer is a perfect example of how storing data in silos affects the bottom line, and how with the right leadership your IT systems transformation can turn this around quickly.
P.S. Sport Obermeyer isn’t the only apparel brand to be adopting such an aggressive IT strategy. On 5th October, Mustang join PI Apparel Berlin to share their 4 month PLM rollout strategy.
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