Barbour weathers supply chain demands with Lawson

Clothing firm J Barbour & Sons is deploying a new ERP and supply chain system from Lawson Software to improve its operations.

Clothing firm J Barbour & Sons is deploying a new ERP and supply chain system from Lawson Software to improve its operations.

Barbour is implementing Lawson Quickstep Fashion, which runs on an IBM System i platform. It will help the company manage its supply chain across the UK, France, Germany and the US, helping to drive business efficiency.

Lawson QuickStep Fashion is a scalable enterprise resource planning (ERP) package that pre-configures more than 70% of core fashion industry business processes.

This can help reduce implementation time by up to half, says Lawson.

Using the new system, Barbour will focus on improving productivity through enhanced supply chain planning and execution and purchasing efficiency.

The Lawson system is also designed to help companies such as Barbour improve performance monitoring and reporting.

In addition to Lawson QuickStep Fashion, Barbour will implement a selection of additional Lawson applications designed to help improve efficiency, such as Demand Planner, Supply Chain Planner, Warehouse Mobility and Lawson Smart Office.

"Lawson QuickStep Fashion combines industry-specific content with built-in business tools based on Lawson's experience and knowledge of the fashion industry. This made Lawson a great fit for our business," said Brenda Readman-Bell, finance and IT director at J Barbour & Sons.

"With our busiest period beginning in June, it was crucial that we found a software vendor that could deliver within a tight timeframe. Lawson is able to offer lower cost of ownership and faster implementation times with the QuickStep solution, and we're already on the way to achieving this," she said.

The deployment started at the end of last year.

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