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Clarks kicks outdated supply chain solutions, processes to the curb

BY Dan Berthiaume

Global vertical footwear retailer Clarks is removing steps from its supply chain.

Clarks is automating its supply chain environment with the MuleSoft Anypoint platform. Leveraging Big Data specialists Whishworks, Clarks deployed Anypoint to streamline operations across its supply chain after implementing a new warehouse management solution at its distribution center for the U.K. and EU.

Anypoint creates an application network of apps, data, and devices, both on-premises and in the cloud. This hybrid integration platform includes integration platform as a service (IPaaS), enterprise service bus (ESB), and a unified solution for API management, design and publishing.

Clarks is replacing existing point-to-point integrations and manual processes in its supply chain by building an application network that can quickly incorporate new technologies and respond to changing business and consumer demands. The integration of a new warehouse management system is the start of a series of programs that Clarks plans to launch.

“Merchandise financial planning is a significant program that Clarks and Whishworks are working on,” said Guy Mason, CIO at Clarks. “Our goal is to implement a global merchandise planning solution that will replace multiple legacy systems across many business functions, creating a step change in the global annual planning of 50 million pairs of shoes across price, product and location.”

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