Supply Chain Efficiency In Under 12 Months

Posted by Maeve Sugrue on 21-Sep-2016 13:53:32

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.

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Topics: PLM, Supply Chain, IT Transformation, IT Architecture, ERP, Interview, New Systems Implementation

IT Systems Transformation: The DKNY Story

Posted by Maeve Sugrue on 06-Sep-2016 13:15:55

For a leaner, more efficient global business, DKNY knew they would need to overhaul their current IT systems architecture. They decided on a full enterprise wide suite of tools including PLM and ERP selecting RLM as a partner, and identified future projects that would arise given the magnitude of the transformation.

To ensure a successful implementation and subsequent systems integrations, they created a complete enterprise-wide system suite roadmap that would minimise disruption to the business, and provide a measurable ROI.

Now in the second phase of their company-wide roll out, VP of Wholesales Applications at DKNY, Cindy Payero shares how, alongside a series of changes to the business, they have been making this momentous change work and grow in tandem.

In this short interview, Cindy shares:

  • How they structured communications 'bottom up' to stay on track with the implementation
  • How a standardised communication process has been used to communicate new systems capabilites to users 
  • How the executive committee has worked with IT for a lean transition
  • How they have measured the ROI of their transformation
  • Which departments have been most influential in the transformation at the various stages

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Topics: PLM, IT Transformation, DKNY, ERP, Implementation, Interview

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