Lawson Software, a global provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software applications, has signed a contract with Monza Imports, an Australian importer that wholesales and distributes quality motorcycle, bicycle and fashion apparel and accessories to retail stores across Australia.
The contract was signed during Lawson’s third quarter of fiscal 2008, which ended Feb. 29, 2008.
Based in Melbourne with operations across Australia, Monza Imports manages the distribution of approximately 50,000 active stock keeping units (SKU’s) across 43 industry brands to more than 2,500 retailers in Australia.
Monza Imports will implement Lawson QuickStep Fashion, a pre-configured ERP system designed specifically around the needs of the fashion industry.
By pre-configuring 70-90 percent of business processes specific to the fashion industry, QuickStep can help reduce implementation time by up to 50 per cent.
QuickStep Fashion incorporates finance, sales, procurement, warehousing and distribution.
“We are committed to providing excellence in customer service in all aspects of our business,” says John Chiodo, managing director for Monza Imports.
“That’s why we’re recognised as a market leader in the importation and distribution of quality apparel and accessories in a range of industries.”
“To maintain this standard now and into the future, we needed to upgrade our ERP system to one that is already proven in the industry and able to cope with the complex and intense demands of our business.”
The new Lawson system will help Monza Imports reduce operational costs, while at the same time helping the company increase the volume of stock leaving the warehouse.
Lawson QuickStep Fashion will also help improve Monza Imports’ ability to provide quick and efficient customer service through an integrated e-Sales system, including mobility functionality.
Monza Imports will also use Lawson Business Intelligence for improved visibility into business performance.
Lawson QuickStep Fashion will replace a 20-year old system and will provide Monza Imports with the fashion industry-specific functionality it needs to manage the distribution of goods to retailers.
Monza Imports selected Lawson over competing bids from two other major ERP vendors.
According to Stephen Moore, Lawson ANZ Managing Director, the Monza Imports evaluation team saw Lawson as the best fit for them based on its industry focus and customer references in the apparel industry.
“We also clearly demonstrated the value of our industry-specific solutions, particularly with our very strong offerings in warehousing and distribution, as well as solutions in the M3 suite designed to meet the style, size and colour requirements of companies like Monza Imports,” Moore says.