Just in Time—SBS Masters Complexity with Infor M3
Scandinavian Business Seating has deployed Infor M3 to improve just-in-time manufacturing of its complex product portfolio and support international expansion.
Scandinavian Business Seating (SBS) is a leader in office seating with 7% market share and sales of 420,000 units per year. It sells a wide range of products from individually customized chairs to mass-produced seats for new office builds through its three brands, HAG, RH and RBM. To rein in this complexity, meet customer expectations, and ensure efficient service levels, the company relies on just-in-time manufacturing at its two plants in Norway and Sweden.
All SBS' entities across nine countries are now fully integrated on Infor M3, enabling consistency and economies of scale.
"We operate in an industry that is highly fragmented but predicted to consolidate significantly over the next few years," says John Tronsaune, vice president of IT, Scandinavian Business Seating. "In Infor M3, we have a tool that will allow us to capitalize on this as we have 100% confidence that we can set up new entities, irrespective of geography, quickly and easily. Infor M3 allows us to scale with the flexibility to support our complex product manufacturing in the most efficient manner possible."
Infor M3 facilitates information visibility by generating an alert immediately after a product is completed to maximize efficiencies and enhance customer service. Substantial time savings have been achieved already across picking, goods received, dispatch and inventory by making Infor M3 available on PDAs in SBS warehouses.
"Infor M3 has the potential to help organizations to capitalize on opportunities by equipping them with the real-time information visibility to react to events and make decisions quickly," says Henrik Billgren, Infor VP of Product Management. "For growing companies such as SBS, the ability to establish a new entity quickly and easily means that they can hit the ground running and maximize return on their investment."
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