NEW YORK - Jan 28, 2014
Infor, Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 70,000 customers, today announced that the Orchestra-Premaman group, a children's fashion designer for more than 15 years, has chosen Infor M3, a comprehensive enterprise software application designed for the fashion industry. This choice comes because the group wanted to implement a centralized management system for all group activities including inventory management, procurement, business management, accounting and financial management.
Eric Quivy, DSI Orchestra, said, "We went from 150 to €370m turnover in just four years and it became urgent for the group to develop a single information system capable of supporting the all of our activities and integrate business characteristics and management related to each of them, while benefiting from a centralized database. After the acquisition of the Swiss childcare retail chain Babycare, which has been in operation for 10 years and was the first to open a 3000 m2 baby megastore in 2012, this merger with Premaman accelerated our decision."
Managing two different information systems which were partly obsolete, Orchestra decided to align its management tools into a single system, the choice of which quickly and naturally focused on Infor Fashion. Several reasons have prevailed in this choice including the broad functionality of M3 - especially the ERP's ability to help Orchestra work internationally - and the confidence in working with a global vendor like Infor.
Infor M3 differs from other ERP systems with its innovative user interface, a wealth of integrated applications, industry-specific functionality - especially for the sectors of fashion, food and distribution - and its flexibility to cater for mixed and complex environments. In addition, Infor M3 is a multi-lingual, multi-company and multi-site solution, which adapts to changing business needs.
Eric Quivy adds, "Besides the fact that it supports all of our core business processes and transactions related to our distribution, logistics and finance operations, Infor M3 has particularly impressed us with its automation supply module. This feature perfectly meets the constraints of our childcare business, based on the purchase and resale of materials and it works on short cycles, unlike those related to the manufacture of fashion clothing. With this module, we will now be able to guarantee the right timing in terms of booking and availability of inventory items for our customers, and this until the date of birth of their child."
The deployment of the solution, which will involve 150 users located on two sites, one in France and one in Belgium, and a dozen additional users located in different European subsidiaries, is scheduled for the second half of 2014. During this first phase, the procurement and accounting & finance capabilities will be deployed, while the complete deployment including the integration of all central inventories is expected to happen in 2015.
Eric Quivy concludes, "In the long term and to strengthen our multi-channel strategy development, we expect M3 to connect to our Website. The goal is to optimize the management of incoming orders with the availability of the items in our central warehouse and inventories held by all of our sales channels to fulfill customer demand."
Infor is fundamentally changing the way information is published and consumed in the enterprise, helping 70,000 customers in more than 200 countries and territories improve operations, drive growth, and quickly adapt to changes in business demands. Infor offers deep industry-specific applications and suites, engineered for speed, and with an innovative user experience design that is simple, transparent, and elegant. Infor provides flexible deployment options that give customers a choice to run their businesses in the cloud, on-premises, or both. To learn more about Infor, please visit www.infor.com.
Infor customers include:
- 19 of the top 20 aerospace companies
- 12 of the top 13 high tech companies
- 10 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies
- 21 of the 25 largest US health delivery networks
- 16 of the 20 largest US cities
- 84 of the top 100 automotive suppliers
- 31 of the top 50 industrial distributors
- 5 of the top 9 brewers