Lawson Software has signed a contract with New Zealand menswear manufacturer Rembrandt Suits to implement the Lawson M3 enterprise application suite as part of the clothing company’s strategy to streamline its operational processes.
Rembrandt is one of the oldest manufacturers and marketers of tailored menswear in New Zealand, and sells its products through 400 retail stores throughout New Zealand and Australia. To meet its long-term growth plans, the company said that it needed to establish an integrated business management platform to support the evolving business.
Previously, Rembrandt operated on a heavily customized version of an apparel industry software package, built on a proprietary operating system and database environment. It also utilized many other applications to provide functionality that was not available in the basic software package.
Increasingly, Rembrandt found itself devoting excessive staff resources to access and manage data from disparate silos of information, which reduced the company’s ability to effectively respond to changes in the business environment.
The Lawson M3 suite implementation is expected to dramatically change this, by providing the manufacturer with more sophisticated functionality and increased flexibility.
We had reached the limits of our existing technology system and knew it was time to upgrade to a more sophisticated, integrated platform in order to ensure continuity, reduce inefficiencies and minimize risk to the business, commented David Lyford, managing director of Rembrandt.
With Lawson M3 in place, we expect to see significant improvements and gains across areas such as sales order processing and forecasting, tracking progress through the manufacturing processes, and warehouse and supply chain management, he continued.
The first stage of the implementation at Rembrandt is scheduled for completion in late 2007.