Swiss Army Brands Sharpens Business Processes with SAP

Feature Article | March 22, 2006 by admin

After comprehensive evaluations of several vendors, the distributor decided to retire its Oracle/JD Edwards legacy system and turned to SAP to enable faster, more informed decisions while supporting the unique requirements of the various Victorinox Swiss Army product lines. Specifically, the integrated SAP Apparel and Footwear (SAP AFS) application will enable the growing company to implement global strategies, ensure consistent quality and react quickly to customer demands. In the apparel industry, businesses need to react within days or even hours to changes in consumer behavior and customer demand for convenience, choice and value. SAP AFS features a flexible master-data structure that represents sizes, colors and styles at the stock keeping unit (SKU) level and gives planners up-to-the minute visibility into daily activities. By integrating data across the supply chain, the SAP application will enable the company to improve on-shelf availability. “SAP enables small and midsize companies such as ours to adopt the same modern, best-in-class software and business processes that have historically not been available to us due to cost,” said Tom Hennigan, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Swiss Army Brands, Inc. “We view the implementation of SAP as essential for us to provide our customers with the same service levels that much larger brands provide.”
Swiss Army Brands will leverage SAP solutions to integrate its global distribution operations, provide a platform for growth, transform its supply chain and standardize information on an enterprise level. Incompatible legacy systems, coupled with the need to take advantage of new technologies to reduce costs and improve planning and efficiency, prompted the company to select SAP. Swiss Army Brands will leverage SAP applications and the SAP NetWeaver platform to enable smooth system integration across the organization’s distribution facilities, which will help streamline operations and improve financial management controls. Under the agreement, Swiss Army Brands will implement a full range of SAP solutions including enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM) and supply chain management (SCM) in a phased rollout for approximately 200 users. “Swiss Army Brands joins the expanding list of companies that have recognized the need to optimize their business processes for operational success,” said Bill McDermott, president and CEO, SAP Americas. “We are pleased that companies with their sights set on the future choose SAP to deliver solutions that can get up and running today and help ensure their future.”

Source: SAP AG

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