Fashion house updates core systems

Fashion accessories firm Meller Designs has installed a Syspro 6.0 distribution and financial system to achieve better visibility into its supply chain.

Fashion accessories firm Meller Designs has installed a Syspro 6.0 distribution and financial system to achieve better visibility into its supply chain.

The firm designs and supplies clothing gift sets and fashion jewelry to high street retailers such as Marks and Spencer, Next and Dunnes, sourcing manufacture through international partners. It has to respond speedily to seasonal and new market trends.

Meller’s Syspro 6.0 installation, project managed by Morgan Technology Consulting, went live in April. The new software, supplied by McGuffie Brunton, replaced the company’s 20 year old legacy systems.

The fashion firm’s group finance director, Jo Christodoulou, said the fashion firm was looking for a modern system that could be used “as a tool, rather than just logging information” to support a more proactive approach to sales and make efficiency gains.

Integration of the Syspro system with MS Office had provided tighter control of the sales ledger, while automatic posting of cash for hundreds of lines of payments a week now took a few moments, where it had previously taken two people a significant amount of time, she added.

Christodoulou said the new system gave the firm a clearer view of which lines were selling and which were not. “I’d say the system has already paid for itself – we’ve been able to record our margins more accurately,” she said.

“We’ve already seen lots of benefits, with the reports out of the system and better visibility. We are also able to see problems and fix them before they become an issue.”

The Syspro system was selected after an evaluation that also considered packages from IFS, SSA Global, Navision and SAP.

 

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