AUSTRALIAN furniture manufacturer, Moran Furniture, has secured a new ERP agreement worth approximately $1m with Intentia . Moran Furniture anticipates a 60% reduction in order and delivery cycle times with the new software platform.
Moran recognised a need to replace its 20-year-old legacy system with a modern technology platform. After a comprehensive evaluation process, Intentia was selected over industry competitors to implement its Java-based application suite.
Moran CEO Dan Pekin said the company had been operating on an in-house supported, pick-based system that was more than two decades old.
“As with many such situations, this system was no longer able to provide the functionality, integration or management reporting capabilities required by our business.
“It did not have the ability to adequately meet our current demands, and we knew it would be very difficult to adapt to support our future needs,” he said.
“Investing in a new technology platform became a cornerstone of our plans for the business.”
Moran was also looking for a solutions partner that would not only give it the functionality it needed, but could also help implement world best practices in furniture manufacturing.
“Intentia came out on top in our evaluation, both in terms of product fit and industry experience,” Mr Pekin said. “Intentia offers tools and functionality that are invaluable to our industry-specific needs.
“One notable example being the Product Configurator. Moran has designed a range of standard products, but in reality these form the basis of what is a configure-to-order and manufacture-to-order environment.
“The end product that we manufacture for our customer is a unique variant that is ‘designed’ in real time as part of the sales process. We believe the Configurator will play a major role in helping us manage that process by bringing together the many components and attributes required to make the end product,” Mr Pekin said.
With manufacturing facilities and headquarters based in Victoria, Australia, Moran Furniture sells via a major reseller network throughout Australia, Asia and the Middle East.
According to Mr Pekin, the Intentia application suite will greatly increase visibility of information across the business, improve collaboration and ultimately enhance their customer services.
“We expect to see significant improvements in production and order tracking capabilities throughout the factory,” he said, “we are aiming to reduce cycle time from customer order to delivery by more than 60% and to provide a more streamlined sales process while managing our margin performance more accurately.
“Additional benefits we are looking to achieve include increased visibility across our business with particular emphasis on the total supply chain. This is all aimed at further enhancing the strong relationships we have with the major retailers who carry our brand,” Mr Pekin added.