The company’s decision to deploy Manhattan SCALE was driven by a broad review of the company’s supply chain strategy from factory to store. While consolidating its warehouse operations through the opening of a new centralised DC in Melbourne, the company wanted to replace its legacy in-house Warehouse Management System (WMS) with a proven, state-of-the-art solution based on industry best practice.
Manhattan SCALE is a portfolio of distribution management and transportation management solutions built on Microsoft .NET technology.
Andrew Grant, general manager IT & Logistics at Jeanswest Corporation explained that the company recognised an inherent need to review its entire supply chain operations and replace the in-house WMS, following exceptional growth throughout Australia and New Zealand and more recently in the Middle East and China. The existing WMS was simply too antiquated to support their requirements, both in terms of physical store locations and online operations.
Key requirements for Jeanswest in a WMS solution included facilitating better inventory management and stock accuracy, improving space utilisation within the DC, supporting new business processes and providing greater efficiency through streamlined operational processes and greater control of resources.
The Manhattan SCALE solution was chosen following a competitive selection process.
Key reasons included:
- Flexibility and extensibility in terms of its core functionality and features
- Integration strength with third party IT systems including Jeanswest’s ERP system
- Manhattan Associates’ ability to demonstrate proven success by facilitating on-site visits with other leading apparel groups based in Australia
Manhattan SCALE’s ability to facilitate data exchange with suppliers from overseas has also proven beneficial for Jeanswest with impressive improvements in its receiving and put-away procedures when processing stock sourced from outside Australia in addition to fully integrating with the systems of its domestic freight and online delivery partners.
Commenting on the new agreement, Raghav Sibal, Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand at Manhattan Associates says that their wealth of experience in providing supply chain solutions to some of the leading retailers in Australia as well as their ability to demonstrate a proven track record in the apparel industry specifically were significant factors in Jeanswest’s ultimate decision to select Manhattan.
He adds that Manhattan SCALE drives cost savings and increases productivity for its retail sector clients by automating and optimising processes for a more effective distribution network.
Manhattan Associates specialises in various supply chain products including Manhattan SCOPE, a portfolio of software solutions and technology, Manhattan SCALE, a portfolio of distribution management and transportation management solutions built on Microsoft .NET technology and Manhattan Carrier, a suite of supply chain solutions specifically addressing the needs of the motor carrier industry.