Blake Seals the Deal for Growth with Infor

United States – November 07, 2016, 09:00 AM

Infor, a leading provider of beautiful business applications specialized by industry and built for the cloud, today announced that paper and packaging innovator Blake has deployed Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) at its facility in Yeovil. Deployed on premise, Infor CloudSuite Industrial replaces a bookkeeping-based system and will help Blake continue its aggressive growth strategy by improving the visibility of processes, and enhancing efficiency by integrating information across various departments.

Infor CloudSuite Industrial will also help accelerate procurement processes and develop accurate demand forecasting capabilities. In addition to Infor CloudSuite Industrial, Blake has deployed the Infor Factory Track solution to help optimize resources throughout Blake's operations. Blake also plans to utilize Infor Xi and Infor Ming.le™ to collaborate across various business functions.

Following a thorough review of the market, conducted by independent consultants, Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) was selected on the basis of its configurability, extensibility, and the ability of the applications to integrate with third party software.

Infor solutions have been deployed to help improve a range of processes relating to the cost to serve Blake Envelopes customers, including; order entry, EDI connectivity, packing and dispatch, delivery, goods in, re-work and inventory control and improved warehouse efficiency.

Blake has seen an increase in its use of EDI from under 5% to over 30% of orders, across the past nine months. They have improved efficiency with full visibility in the warehouse locations. Infor CloudSuite Industrial will also increase the availability of information and visibility into processes including; customer interactions, stock, finance value, production operations and sales. This improved visibility will also help Blake with their sustainability compliance.

"Our strategy for growth has led us to invest heavily in our infrastructure and technology," said John Purdy, Blake. "The financial stability of Infor, the extensibility of CloudSuite Industrial and the ability to sell configured items and store and track items in any location in our warehouse created a very compelling business case."

"Distribution-heavy operations such as Blake need world-class processes to carve out competitive advantage," said Phil Lewis, vice-president, solution consulting, Infor. "Points of configuration that cover off idiosyncratic processes have to be fused with the ability to scale and grow. This is a key part of this combination of the Infor solutions that will help drive Blake forward."

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