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2005 - December
STYLEman ERP to provide IC Companys with total inventory visibility via the Web

  • IC Companys upgrades to latest version of OSL solution
  • Will enable it to track inventory across European distribution centres, and improve stock control of company's 11 top brands

IC Companys, one of Europe's largest clothing companies, will implement the latest version of STYLEman, the specialist ERP solution from Option Systems Limited (OSL), the leading global specialist in the provision of IT solutions for the apparel and footwear industries. IC Companys major Dutch and Danish warehouses operate on a single shared platform for the management of its 11 separate brand portfolios which include Jackpot and Cottonfield. The latest version of STYLEman will provide real-time visibility of the inventory at these sites via the Internet, significantly improving the control of sales, stock and distribution.

IC Companys selected the STYLEman solution because it has been designed to meet the specific requirements of the footwear and apparel industry. This new agreement further extends the strong working relationship between OSL and IC Companys which started in 1997. STYLEman will enable IC Companys to develop a facts-based, systematically and commercially planned design and sales process for each of its 11 brands, integrated into a single point solution. The project, which required extensive consultancy, development and management from OSL, was completed as planned for time and cost.

"When looking for an ERP solution to integrate our Regional Distribution Centres, we looked in great detail at the functionality of the systems available on the market. This investigation highlighted the robust functionality of the STYLEman system especially when dealing with multiple sites and in multiple currencies," commented Ragnar Sævarsson, IT Manager, IC Companys. "Before the introduction of STYLEman we had a limited view over inventory at our various sites. STYLEman has provided us with true visibility over inventory and this obviously has a positive impact upon the level of customer service we can provide.

"We have a very good working relationship with OSL. Together we have put a lot of effort into the development of the STYLEman solution so that it is an exact fit for our particular requirements. That is one of the major advantages about working with OSL - it is able to work with us on specific requirements at a singular level," concluded Ragnar Sævarsson.

"IC Companys is a large and diverse organisation that needs a specialist platform to oversee its European distribution operations," commented Tony Parkinson, Managing Director, OSL. "We are delighted to be extending our relation with IC Companys and that our team was able to undertake an extremely complex implementation and finish the project well ahead of the deadline. OSL will continue to work with IC Companys to develop the solution and ensure the organisation extracts maximum value from its investment in our ERP technology."

STYLEman from OSL has been developed specifically for clothing and footwear companies. As a result it has superior industry functionality and is completely web-enabled. STYLEman monitors the performance, management and results of a company's processes on an enterprise-wide level and establishes where efficiency gains can be made. It allows organisations worldwide to maximise the potential of their operations by simplifying processes, and effortlessly delivering the operational and management information they require.

About IC Companys:
IC Companys is a Danish public limited company created through the merger of Carli Gry International A/S and InWear Group A/S on 30 April 2001.

The company designs and sells a strong product portfolio of clothing targeting quality-conscious women and men all over the world under the brands of Jackpot, Cottonfield, InWear, Matinique, Part Two, Peak Performance, Saint Tropez, Designers Remix Collection, Soaked in Luxury, Tiger of Sweden and By Malene Birger.

IC Companys is one of the largest clothing companies in northern Europe with a turnover of DKK 2,819 million in the financial year ended 30 June 2005, of which DKK 1,907 million was wholesale turnover and DKK 912 million was retail turnover. IC Companys has 207 company-owned shops in 13 countries and 30 factory outlets. The number of distribution points is 9,173, of which some 500 are third-party concept stores

2005 - September
OSL adds electronic measuring tape capability to STYLEprm

  • eTape reduces time needed for fit sessions by automating the measurement recording process
  • Integrated with OSL's Product Range Management solution, eTape removes the need to rekey important data, reducing the likelihood of costly errors

Option Systems Limited (OSL), a leading global specialist in the provision of IT solutions for the apparel and footwear industries, has announced eTape, the latest addition to its STYLEprm solution. The eTape electronic tape measure automates the numerous fit sessions that typically take place in the development stage of any garment, shortening the time taken to fulfil the task and dramatically reducing the risk of manual error in both the measurement and recording stages of the fitting. This new application will enable footwear and apparel designers to maximise the efficiency and accuracy of their sampling process.

OSL's STYLEprm solution goes beyond other product data management (PDM) solutions to deliver a solution specifically developed for the footwear and apparel market. It gives companies the control and visibility necessary to plan, develop and manage its entire range of products at any given time in its life cycle. The addition of eTape to the solution gives designers the ability to record fit sessions via the use of an electronic tape measure, so measurements are entered into the STYLEprm system automatically without the need to rekey measurements.

"The eTape is an exciting addition to an already strong Internet-based product development solution," commented Tony Parkinson, Managing Director, OSL. "By integrating the eTape electronic tape measure into its design process, a company can dramatically reduce the time taken to record the measurements taken in a fit session. Also the fact that the eTape transfers measurements directly into the Product Range Management solution removes the need to rekey information, which reduces the risk of human error in the data inputting phase. Such errors could prove very costly both in terms of time and investment if not detected in the early stages."

"Since its launch, STYLEprm has been extremely well received by our existing customers and new business prospects. The depth of its functionality is continuing to grow rapidly as customer feedback is incorporated," commented Tony Parkinson. "Our user groups are a vital source of information for us and we value their feedback. The eTape is the perfect example of this and we will continue to look for innovative applications that will enhance the functionality of the core PRM solution."

STYLEprm, the Internet-based Product Range Management solution from OSL, features a powerful range calendar that drives production around key dates such as shows, meetings, exhibitions and first deliveries. STYLEprm then uses these key dates to build events in the range cycle that need to be tracked - these can be varied by product type, country of origin, and the specific individuals, groups and suppliers that own each action. STYLEprm's workflow engine then tasks the people responsible, if necessary reminding them of imminent activities and alerting development managers.

STYLEprm also acknowledges that ranges never stay the same and that, as development progresses, new styles may be added, revised versions created and some dropped. With STYLEprm, range developers can view their style mix graphically and structure their range by style attributes to progress towards an optimum style/colour/size balance.

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2005 - June
OSL announces major order from 1927 Limited for STYLEman web-enabled ERP solution

  • UK's only distributor of US label Juicy Couture selects STYLEman to streamline Europe-wide import and distribution
  • Will eliminate data re-entry and improve control of purchase invoices

Option Systems Limited (OSL), a leading global specialist in the provision of IT solutions for the apparel and footwear industries, has announced a major order for its STYLEman ERP solution from 1927 Limited, the UK's sole distributor for US label Juicy Couture. For the first time, the web-enabled STYLEman ERP solution will integrate all of 1927's separate business operating systems across its five sites in Europe. This will ensure that accurate stock information is available across its European operations in real-time and will also provide total control over purchase invoices from the US by eliminating data re-entry.

1927 selected the STYLEman ERP solution to support its recent growth from an agent to a key distributor in the apparel market. The solution will replace an Access based planning solution, which was not designed to meet the business' changing operational requirements. With a showroom in Milan, an office in Madrid and agents in five European countries, a more sophisticated software system was needed to avoid re-keying data which can lead to mistakes through human error.

Sheila Windridge, Financial Director, 1927 Ltd commented, "We evaluated five different ERP systems before selecting OSL's STYLEman. The solution stood out as it offered everything we needed in one package. Other key elements that made STYLEman first choice was OSL's in-depth knowledge of the industry and our very particular business needs as a fashion distributor. We are currently in the final stages of implementation and the service we have received from OSL has been first-rate".

"This latest order from 1927 shows that Option Systems provides solutions that cover a company's entire planning operation," said Tony Parkinson, Managing Director, Option Systems Limited. "The functionality of the STYLEman system appealed to 1927 because it was able to adapt to the recent change in its business model and the problems that have arisen from this change. Most notably, 1927 needed a single solution that could run across its European operations and provide the real-time information it needs to monitor stock levels and distribution."

STYLEman from OSL has been developed specifically for clothing and footwear companies. As a result it has superior industry functionality and is completely web-enabled. STYLEman monitors the performance, management and results of a company's processes on an enterprise-wide level and establishes where efficiency gains can be made. It allows organisations worldwide to maximise the potential of their operations by simplifying processes, and effortlessly delivering the operational and management information they require.

About 1927 Limited
The 1927 Fashion Agency was founded in 1999 and the Milan showroom and Madrid office were opened in 2003. Having initially focused on womenswear 1927's range has broadened to include menswear, childrenswear, accessories and swimwear. With agents in five European countries, unrivalled sales expertise, knowledge of international markets and fluency in four European languages, 1927 is set apart from other UK based agencies.

2005 - July
Option Systems Limited moves to New Headquarters to support expanding client base in the Apparel & Footwear market

  • Move follows strong sales in early 2005
  • Recent orders include Hunter Rubber company, Oxford Industries and 1927

Option Systems Limited (OSL), a leading global specialist in the provision of IT solutions for the apparel and footwear industries, has moved to new headquarters to support its continuing growth. A number of recent high-profile orders from organisations such as the Hunter Rubber Company, Oxford Industries and 1927 have resulted in OSL increasing its customer base and the move to new premises will play a key role in supporting this expanding client network.

OSL's new headquarters in Leicester will ensure that the company has the resources to provide support and sales assistance to both its existing and future customers across the UK.

"More and more wholesalers, distributors and retailers are looking for ways to improve their business processes, which has resulted in an increased demand for both Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Product Range Management (PRM) software," commented Tony Parkinson, Managing Director at OSL. "We experienced a significant upturn in sales during late 2004 and early 2005. In recognition of this we took the decision to move to new premises.

"The recent launch of our STYLEprm solution, coupled with the ongoing success of our STYLEman ERP system, means that there is a definite requirement for us to develop as a company to be able to meet the ever evolving needs of our customers. The new premises will give us the increased flexibility we require to not only meet, but exceed the requirements set by our clients both now and in the future."

STYLEman, from OSL, is the leading enterprise solution developed specifically for clothing and footwear companies. With unparalleled industry functionality and completely web enabled, STYLEman allows organisations to maximise the potential of their operations by simplifying processes, and effortlessly delivering the operational and management information they require. The new STYLEprm system is a powerful, web-based collaborative range lifecycle management application that goes beyond traditional Product Data Management (PDM). By utilising STYLEprm designers and suppliers ensure that they have the information and control they need to plan, develop and review an entire product range as it evolves, creating the right mix of designs and products.

2005 - April
Oxford Industries adopts STYLEprm for true Product Range Management capability

  • STYLEprm to oversee Oxford Industries' Product Development Process
  • Option Systems Limited solution chosen ahead of established PDM application suppliers

Options Systems Limited (OSL), a leading global specialist in the provision of IT solutions for apparel companies, has announced a major order from Oxford Industries for its Product Range Management solution, STYLEprm. Oxford is a leading US producer and distributor of branded and private label apparel whose brands include Ben Sherman, Tommy Bahama, Indigo Palms, Island Soft, Ely and Walker and Oxford Golf. OSL will provide Oxford Industries with an initial 120 user license of the STYLEprm solution for the first implementation which will involve the four divisions that make up Oxford's Menswear Group. In total, this would represent more than 15,000 unique styles per year. STYLEprm goes beyond traditional Product Data Management (PDM) solutions to ensure that Oxford Industries will always have the control and visibility necessary to plan, develop and manage its entire range of products at any given time.

STYLEprm replaces Oxford Industries' incumbent PDM systems - a well-known commercial package, an "in house" developed solution and the customary office products - and offers unrivalled control over its clothing ranges all the way from initial sketches through to production for real-time range revision. Unlike many other PDM systems available on the market STYLEprm has been specifically designed with the needs of the apparel and footwear industry in mind and the fact that it is Internet-based means that users can have access to the system anywhere in the world via a standard web browser.

"We needed to replace and improve our existing PDM applications and evaluated all the leading solutions in the market before choosing Options Systems," commented John Baumgartner, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Oxford Industries. "There is no question on our part that we selected the best product and we greatly appreciate the manner in which OSL conducted the evaluation and accompanying negotiations. We look forward to a long and meaningful relationship."

"This order from Oxford Industries is another significant step for Option Systems and comes on the back of a number of exciting orders from other leading apparel companies such as Hunter Rubber Company and Profile Bodywear in the last quarter. We are finding real traction in the marketplace and have become a de facto alternative to the established competition in the PDM arena, complementing our position in the ERP area," concluded Tony Parkinson.

STYLEprm's workflow engine features a powerful range calendar that drives production around key dates such as shows, meetings, exhibitions and first deliveries. STYLEprm then uses these key dates to build events in the range cycle that need to be tracked - these can be varied by product type, country of origin, and the specific individuals, groups and suppliers that own each action. STYLEprm's workflow engine then tasks the people responsible, if necessary reminding them of imminent activities and alerting development management.

STYLEprm also acknowledges that ranges never stay the same and that, as development progresses, new styles may be added, revised versions created and some dropped. With STYLEprm, range developers can view their style mix graphically and structure their range by style attributes to progress towards an optimum style/colour/size balance.

STYLEprm takes full advantage of STYLEman's flexibility, with a browser-based architecture that means it runs equally well on Mac, PC or Linux clients, it can be accessed from anywhere in the world, is available in a range of different languages, and can be integrated easily with third party ERP, CAD and merchandise systems for true end-to-end supply chain management.

About Oxford Industries, Inc:
Oxford Industries, Inc. is a producer and marketer of branded and private label apparel for men, women and children. Oxford provides retailers and consumers with a wide variety of apparel products and services to suit their individual needs. Oxford's brands include Tommy Bahama®, Indigo Palms®, Island Soft®, Ben Sherman®, Ely and Walker® and Oxford Golf®. The Company also holds exclusive licenses to produce and sell certain product categories under the Tommy Hilfiger®, Nautica®, Geoffrey Beene®, Slates®, Dockers®, and Oscar de la Renta® labels. Oxford's customers are found in every major channel of distribution including national chains, specialty catalogues, mass merchants, department stores, specialty stores and Internet retailers.

2005 - March
Hunter Rubber Company orders STYLEman ERP solution to cope with 50 per cent sales growth

  • Can view order status in real-time from the sourcing of raw materials to location of finished product

Option Systems Limited (OSL), a leading global specialist systems provider for the apparel and footwear industries, has announced a major new order for its STYLEman Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution from Hunter Rubber Company Limited, the market leading manufacturer of quality wellington boots.

STYLEman ERP provides Hunter with the ability to monitor and track orders across the entire production process, thereby accurately monitoring progress throughout. Hunter has 60 lines of boots and 35 lines of clothing and accessories, which it supplies to 18 countries worldwide. The company is reporting a year on year growth to the end of February 2005 of 41 per cent, as market leader in the quality end of the wellington market (Hunter has a 60 per cent share of the £50 plus market).

Hunter has recently changed its business model from a traditional manufacturing focused operation towards the sales and distribution market. This shift has led to an increased demand for a more customer-centric planning system. STYLEman was developed by OSL expressly for the apparel and footwear industry, and is a fully Internet enabled import, distribution, production and retail application. STYLEman will provide Hunter with the ability to view an order's status in real-time, from the sourcing of raw materials to the location of the finished product.

"STYLEman replaces the incumbent Movex application, which wasn't designed with sales and distribution in mind," explained Mark Sater, Chairman, Hunter Rubber Company. "STYLEman is a tried and tested formula, supported by a strong development team. It made sense to use OSL. Since the transition from a manufacturing business a year ago, our sales have increased dramatically. Sales are expected to grow by a further 50 per cent when STYLEman is fully installed."

ERP monitors the performance, management and results of a company's processes on an enterprise-wide basis to highlight where efficiency gains can be made. STYLEman, from OSL, is the leading ERP solution developed specifically for clothing and footwear companies. Completely web enabled, and offering unparalleled industry functionality, STYLEman allows organisations worldwide to maximise the potential of their operations by simplifying processes, and effortlessly delivering the operational and management information they require.

About Hunter Rubber Company Limited:
Hunter Rubber Company Ltd has been a leading manufacturer of Wellington Boots in Scotland since 1856. They were originally designed for walking in Scotland's rugged terrain and combating its unpredictable weather due to their performance, durability and comfort. Each pair of Hunter Boots is made entirely by hand and Hunter develop various ranges, with innovative technology inside the boot and out, to cope with various types of weather. The company is currently experiencing a strong growth in worldwide sales.

2005 - January
OSL announces order from Profile Bodywear for STYLEman ERP solution

  • Underwear and Sleepwear manufacturer will manage entire production of 450,000 items a month from order through to manufacture and distribution

Option Systems Limited (OSL), a leading global specialist in the provision of IT solutions for the apparel and footwear industries, has announced that Profile Bodywear has selected the STYLEman enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution to streamline its entire order fulfilment processes. Profile Bodywear sources underwear and sleepwear at a rate of 450,000 items per month for a large number of leading UK high street brands including Topshop, BHS and Ann Summers. It will use the STYLEman ERP solution to streamline its import and distribution processes.

STYLEman is OSL's fully Internet enabled import, distribution, production and retail application specifically designed for the apparel and footwear industry.
In any given season Profile produces approximately 600 lines of underwear and STYLEman will enable Profile to have complete control and visibility of the entire logistical process. It will oversee the ordering of materials from the Far East, monitor the production to allow Profile to know which items are at which stage of production and then match the products to the correct distributor channel.

"The reason we chose Option Systems is simple - experience," explained Robert Ferguson, Joint Managing Director, Profile Bodywear. "We wanted to replace our old ERP system, which was not designed specifically for our area of expertise and delivered limited functionality that was impacting our ability to move the business forward. Having looked at the solutions on offer, STYLEman from Option Systems stood out. Option Systems' experience in our particular market was unmatched. The fact that so many other companies in our sector utilise the solution gave us real confidence that STYLEman was the correct choice for Profile."

Ian Forsyth, Operations Director at OSL added: "The integration of our system offers tangible business benefits to Profile right the way from the initial order through to the actual delivery of the goods to the client. We already have a strong presence in the underwear market and this order from Profile further increases our reputation in this sector. Recent orders, such as that from Profile and other leading brands in the apparel and footwear industry, have seen OSL firmly entrench itself in the market and experience continued growth."

ERP examines the performance, management and results of a company's processes on an enterprise-wide basis to highlight where efficiency gains can be made. STYLEman, from OSL, is the leading ERP solution developed specifically for clothing and footwear companies. With unparalleled industry functionality and completely web enabled, STYLEman allows organisations worldwide to maximise the potential of their operations by simplifying processes, and effortlessly delivering the operational and management information they require.

 

 

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