From ERP & EDI Expert, Glenn McPeak: When it comes to implementing Microsoft Dynamics ERP into the fashion apparel and footwear industry, most companies face the same critical operational issues - profit pressure from operational costs and managing complex global supply chain delivery systems. Companies are further challenged with a 24/7/365 business cycle, controlling inventory and unnecessary labor costs, such as data entry, that add no value to the goods being delivered.
One technology that can address these challenges is a strong integrated EDI solution. The right EDI solution will drive significant reductions in overhead costs, error reduction and simplification of tasks surround supply chain execution. Microsoft Dynamics ERP users can gain a competitive advantage by introducing a solution that can automate interaction with partners and deliver a “management by exception” infrastructure so that attention can be focused on other areas of the business.
However, the EDI functional requirements are different for fashion companies compared to most consumer products sold through retail channels. The right solution should not only complement Microsoft Dynamics, but also solve the unique and complex issues that nearly all apparel and footwear companies face in their efforts to boost profits through tight integration.
When evaluating ERP and EDI solutions, there are key features that no fashion company should overlook. To properly address industry-specific EDI challenges, companies should look for a solution that handles Assortments, Musical Runs and Master Pack Explosion / Implosion Logic.
Data Masons’ fully-integrated Vantage Point EDI solution pairs with Microsoft Dynamics, addressing these challenges with ‘plug and play’ configuration and tight integration. Offering a unique technology platform and flexible business model, integrated EDI for Microsoft Dynamics fully automates EDI processing and eliminates unnecessary transaction fees that can compromise ROI and a company’s ability to do more with less effort. Furthermore, there is no need to customize the ERP platform to make full supply chain integration possible. Instead, all of the complex processing, exception management and powerful transaction auditing is handled by Vantage Point EDI.
Read how other Microsoft Dynamics customers in the apparel industry are leveraging EDI to accelerate their ROI and advance their business:
- Key Industries, the largest manufacturer of farming apparel in the Midwest, and quality uniforms manufacturer, The Fechheimer Brothers Company, shed ERP customizations with integrated¸ easy-to-implement EDI.
- Global footwear manufacturer FitFlop simplified operations when they integrated EDI in and out of Dynamics and also with the Pebblestone solution that is specific to the apparel and footwear industry.