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2007 - October
Overland signs for OSL's STYLEman V10 web-enabled ERP solution
STYLEman V10 provides ERP facilities for the global licensee of the G-Star Raw footwear Brand

Option Systems Limited (OSL) has announced that Overland – global licensee for footwear for the G-Star Raw brand – have taken the fully web-enabled version of STYLEman (version 10) to support their rapidly-growing distribution business.

Option Systems is a leading global specialist in the provision of IT solutions for the apparel and footwear industries, and its STYLEman V10 solution will provide Overland’s staff and partners with anytime, anywhere access to real-time information. Using STYLEman will help provide Overland with greater control of its sales, stock and distribution and ensure that customers and suppliers have accurate order and delivery data.

Some 15 Overland staff will access the STYLEman V10 system, which is being hosted in London’s Docklands by Telecity.  Overland are running a small collection for SS08, but plan to be fully live with the AW08 collection.

About Overland Ltd:
Overland Ltd is a specialist footwear sourcing company who have recently won the global licence to design, source and supply the footwear under the G-Star Raw brand.  The principals in the business have a strong track record of managing similar licences in the past, including the Caterpillar footwear brand.

2006 - July
Crowther Ltd goes live with OSL's e-STYLEman web-enabled ERP solution

  • e-STYLEman provides total inventory visibility for Crowther's range of menswear brands including Haines & Bonner, Piscador, Sangan, Pierre Cardin, John Langford and Frederick Theak
  • New solution provides specialist apparel entrepreneur with anytime, anywhere real-time inventory information

Option Systems Limited (OSL) has announced that Crowther Ltd - owner of a range of specialist menswear brands including classic shirt makers Haines & Bonner, Piscador, Sangan, Pierre Cardin, John Langford and Frederick Theak - has implemented a web-enabled ERP solution using OSL's e-STYLEman technology. Option Systems is a leading global specialist in the provision of IT solutions for the apparel and footwear industries, and its e-STYLEman solution will provide Crowther's sales staff and partners with anytime, anywhere access to real-time inventory information. Using e-STYLEman will help provide Crowther Ltd with greater control of its sales, stock and distribution and ensure that customers and suppliers have accurate order and delivery data.

Some 20 Crowther sales staff will access the e-STYLEman system to check on customer orders, progress reports and verify inventory availability - using their notebook PCs or other mobile devices. e-STYLEman's secure web portal delivers real time availability, and allows agents to place customer orders and feed back changes without the need to fax or call. Crowther Ltd has been successfully using the STYLEman ERP system since 2000.

"Since going live with e-STYLEman, our sales executives now have much more time available to concentrate on developing new sales opportunities rather than spending valuable time processing reports and checking-up on existing orders," commented John Edwards at Crowther Ltd. "Using the solution's web portal capability, they can now easily track their customer accounts and gain an immediate and accurate update on their order or delivery. As well as improving the productivity of the sales team, this has also helped us to increase our overall customer satisfaction.

"The solution is so flexible that we also intend to extend e-STYLEman's availability to our network of suppliers. This will be an important step for us, providing tighter control over our wider logistics process, which in turn will ensure we optimise stock management. We have a very good working relationship with Option Systems Ltd and its future-proof technology will provide us with valuable support as we continue to adapt and grow the Crowther business," he concluded.

e-STYLEman allows supply chain partners to check and progress individual purchase orders for which they have responsibility, and feed back changes without the need to fax or call. This has the benefits of increasing accuracy and reducing paperwork, and is especially cost-effective when dealing with partners in different time zones. Using integrated WebSpeed technology from Progress Software, e-STYLEman provides users with secure remote access to STYLEman data. Apparel and footwear organisations can also extend the e-STYLEman service to their customers, allowing them to place orders directly, sharing inventory levels and providing direct access to clearance and promotional items.

About Crowther Ltd:
Crowther Ltd is a specialist apparel entrepreneur focused on developing a number of key brands - including Haines & Bonner, the classic shirt maker which it acquired in 1998, and Piscador, the UK's leading designer and manufacturer of men's formal wear. Additional Crowther Ltd brands include Sangan, Pierre Cardin, John Langford and Frederick Theak, Crowther Ltd focuses on investing in its companies' product range, brand and sales strategies, helping them to exploit the fast-growing Internet opportunity for clothing products and accessories.

2006 - July
Leading UK footwear importer orders STYLEman ERP to increase control of global supply chain

  • Will enable GoldlineUK to eliminate spreadsheet reporting and improve visibility of global orders, imports and distribution processes

Option Systems Limited (OSL), a leading global specialist in the provision of IT solutions for the apparel and footwear industries, has announced that GoldlineUK, a leading UK footwear importer, has selected the STYLEman enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution to streamline its entire import and distribution processes. For the first time, STYLEman will enable GoldlineUK to eliminate stand-alone spreadsheet reporting, to provide total visibility over the company's global orders, imports and distribution to leading UK supermarkets. Accurate stock location information will also ensure that GoldlineUK improves financial control of its business.

GoldlineUK currently has to manually input supply chain and financial accounting data into separate excel spreadsheets. This process is both labour-intensive and unreliable as information has to be taken from a number of different applications. STYLEman ERP will manage the ordering of shoes from all over the world, monitor production and display the location of product in the import process.

"We chose Option Systems after a very competitive tender process, due to its extensive footwear and apparel experience," commented Roy Burrows, Chairman of GoldlineUK. "The fact that STYLEman is a flexible, open solution that can adapt and change as our company grows was a major factor for us. With integrated accounting modules, the system enables us to have tighter control over all of our financial information - again, a key requisite for a growing business."

GoldlineUK is a key player in the footwear importing industry and sources footwear - with a particular focus on childrens shoes - from all over the world and distributes them to a large number of leading UK retail outlets.

Tony Parkinson Managing Director, Option Systems Limited said: "As a complex, expanding business, GoldlineUK needs tight control over its stock location and its finances. Total supply chain visibility, combined with integrated accounting modules within STYLEman ERP, will deliver an increase in efficiency and profit for the company. We are working hard to ensure that the software is fully operational within 12 weeks, so that GoldlineUK can see an improvement as soon as possible."

About GoldlineUK
GoldlineUK began trading twelve years ago importing ladies footwear from South Africa. The company now purchases substantial quantities of products across all genders from the Far East. These products are designed in the UK by Goldline designers and are then distributed from designated warehouses to UK Chain Stores and Multiple Footwear Retailers. The business employs people who are highly skilled, not only in the design and manufacture of footwear, but in the control and management of the supply chain.

2006 - March
OSL and Eurostop partner to deliver end-to-end merchandise management system

  • New solution will integrate retail and wholesale supply chains to provide 'single view' of production and sales
  • Enables wholesalers and retailers to improve planning, inventory cost and management

Option Systems Limited (OSL), a provider in the provision of IT solutions for the apparel and footwear industries, recently announced a partnership with Eurostop, a supplier of retail systems to the fashion, footwear and general merchandise sectors. Under the agreement, the two companies will develop and deliver an end-to-end merchandise management solution that provides a single view of the entire production and retail cycle - from design and manufacture, through to distribution, branch replenishment and stock flow.

Wholesalers and retailers are increasingly working closer together to streamline operations and logistics, to ensure they optimize sales and service. The new solution will address this by enabling them to integrate retail and wholesale supply chains to improve planning, production costs and inventory management. It brings together Option Systems' specialist STYLEman ERP solution and Eurostop's Windows Retail Management Information System (WinRMIS) and WinPOS that includes specialist business intelligence, reporting, price management, stock tracking, customer loyalty and gift accounts.

"Our joint initiative clearly shows the value of collaboration between wholesale and retail specialists, and demonstrates how two complementary technologies can be successfully integrated to offer a business solution for wholesalers and retailers," said Richard Loh, Eurostop's Managing Director. "Together, we were able to quickly develop a distinctive new solution based on our respective areas of expertise, which provides a single system to manage wholesale and retail operations. In today's competitive climate, these organizations need better
insight into planning, replenishment and stock management to ensure they can rapidly react to market trends and changes."

Tony Parkinson, Managing Director, Option Systems Ltd commented: "Our STYLEman product suite already provides organisations with unparalleled industry functionality thanks to its powerful information management system that enables wholesalers to model actual workflow and real-time decision-making. Now, thanks to the added retail expertise offered by Eurostop, we are able to develop a comprehensive, end-to-end solution, where users need only implement a single system to access and control both retail and wholesale operations.."

Designed from the outset to meet the specialist needs of apparel and footwear producers, the STYLEman suite delivers a complete set of solutions for the entire business, from product development through to shipping. With added integration into Eurostop's WinRMIS solution, this comprehensive solution will now extend from concept to consumer. Because the software is entirely web-based, authorised users can access essential information from a standard web browser anywhere in the world.

About Eurostop
Eurostop is a leading supplier of retail systems to the fashion, footwear and general merchandise sectors. The company has developed a state-of-the art PC Based Software System that is used by leading retail brands such as Ann Summers, the White Company, Joseph and Ben Sherman. The user friendly solution is highly scalable and can be used by retail organisations with between one and many hundreds of stores.

 

 

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