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Quicksilver selects SAP solution

BY CSA STAFF

New York City — Quiksilver is targeting its next phase of corporate development using industry-specific software from SAP AG. By replacing its existing business software systems, the sports-themed lifestyle retailer aims to better support the global development, production and distribution of its diversified mix of branded apparel, footwear and accessories.

Quiksilver chose the SAP Apparel and Footwear application based on the widespread adoption of its industry-specific functionality, "Quiksilver operates in highly competitive markets around the world and our ability to rapidly respond to market opportunities is critical to our success," said Robert B. McKnight Jr., chairman, CEO and president of Quiksilver, Huntington Beach., Calif. "By selecting and implementing SAP Apparel and Footwear we gain a proven industry solution that will help us run our company more efficiently so we can focus on what we do best — designing and delivering great, innovative products that represent the boardriding lifestyle."

The SAP Apparel and Footwear solution will help Quiksilver manage critical industry-specific processes on one common global system, eliminating many current standalone regional applications. With SAP software, Quicksilver’s merchandising, production, sales, distribution center and finance teams will have a "built-in" coordinated approach to operations and customer service.

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Harrods taps Predictix to improve planning and decision making

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Atlanta — Harrods is implementing a series of merchandise planning applications from Predictix. The software is being rolled out for Harrods’ Knightsbridge store, as well as its airport locations and online site.

Harrods recognized a need to upgrade its current planning system to allow for more in-depth and more efficient forecasting processes.

"The Predictix application was very flexible in presenting information to the users, and it provided detailed forecasts by season and merchandise class, with far more measures than before,” said Rupert Symes, merchandise director, Harrods. “In addition, the Predictix cloud-delivered model — with no hardware or software to buy and no long-term commitments — proved compelling for Harrods.

With the Predictix Merchandise Financial Planning application, Harrods can set financial performance goals prior to each fashion season, adjust budget parameters, and then buy according to the plan. The software then gives Harrods the agility to review critical performance data each week, determine what adjustments are needed in order to meet financial targets, and instantly adjust the merchandise forecast.

The Predictix planning applications will leverage Harrods’ existing IT applications, including SAP’s data warehousing tool, and provide the retailer with a number of key business benefits, including fast insight into inventory, fewer out-of-stocks and increased merchandising productivity.

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Roller Furniture selects SAF AG to automate ordering

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Dallas — SAF AG said Monday that Roller, a German furniture discounter, will utilize SAF RetailSuite Store software to create automatic orders to optimize the replenishment process and regain valuable time for customer service.

The company signed a license agreement and will use the solution across its 100 stores in Europe.

During a pilot phase, three stores ordered a selected product assortment fully automated by SAF’s software. This assortment consisted mainly of items that would be available for immediate sale, not ordered based on specific customer orders. Using SAF RetailSuite Store software, Roller reduced its ordering time by 50%, said SAF AG.

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