Mothercare to clean up systems brood with Coda

Mothercare is to implement Coda as its group-wide accounting system...

Mothercare is to implement Coda as its group-wide accounting system for integrating its disparate financial management systems as cohesively as possible.

Mike Rainer, Mothercare's group financial controller, said the ease of integration with other business systems was the deciding factor in choosing Coda.

"Coda's software will support our complex group structure," said Rainer. "Their team worked closely with us to show how the application, and its consolidation and reporting capabilities, would meet our critical business issues."

Coda will link its merchandising and EPoS environments into Mothercare's financial management systems, with the goal of automating the retailer's accounting processes.

Coda is already in use at Mothercare UK and Early Learning Centre, but was subject to a competitive evaluation, according to Rainer.

He added that the level of detail that could be captured in Coda was impressive. "All store transactions are held in great detail, enabling in-depth analysis and reporting - for example, by period, by week, by day, by store. It also offers sophisticated high-volume invoice matching which is vital for any retailer."

Coda said that its financial software was popular with retailers because of its flexibility and user-friendliness. It cited user-defined screens as helping untrained staff to adapt to the system more easily.

Mothercare is supplemening Coda with the Cognos business intelligence tool so it can conduct end-to-end accounting and reporting analysis.

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