Tefron Deploys Infor ERP Across All Global Operations

Infor recently announced that Tefron, developer and manufacturer of lingerie and sportswear, has completed an enterprise resource planning (ERP) deployment of Infor M3. The ERP solution, which includes a friendly and convenient user interface, provides capabilities for managing the development and design of new collections, raw material procurement, regulatory compliance, full supply chain visibility, one-to-one production and financial management. Infor partner Intentia Israel assisted Tefron with their implementation. Infor M3 went live across all of the company’s locations with all new components of Infor M3 (version 13.4) embedded in the system. The system is live for more than 100 users across production and distribution centers in Israel, USA, Canada and China. Infor ION (Intelligent Open Network) was included, which enables fast and east integration of Infor solutions and other enterprise solutions.  Tefron will also embed the Infor OS central operating platform later, which enables the management of all solutions and tools under one synchronized, easy-to-use interface.


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Unlocking business potential with AI-integrated ERP software

There is no doubt that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is here to stay, and is revolutionizing the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) space. Mark Bowen at Intelligent CIO recently shared how the partnership of AI and ERP is going to affect the “very essence of the system-controlled business operations.” AI-integrate ERP systems can unlock the hidden potential of your business data.

Impact of AI on industries

  • AI in manufacturing – AI technology help ensure faster production in less time. From planned preventative maintenance to every other operation performed in any manufacturing plant, AI would make them more efficient and less prone to errors.
  • AI in retail –  Virtual reality functionalities in advertising, intelligent chatbot customer service and extensive customer behavior profiles are just a few areas where AI would thrive in the retail industry.


AI is transforming the way ERP functions

Integrating your ERP system with AI opens a world of opportunities and shed some light in your daily operations. With detecting customer behavior patterns and performing routine tasks, inclusion of AI in ERP systems can provide the following benefits:

  • Identify the problems even before they occur
  • Automates routine tasks with system intelligence
  • Improves user experience through interaction

AI is still in its early stages, believe it or not. Though it is no doubt that AI will be a part of ERP systems moving forward. So be ready for this change if you want your business to remain competitive in the years to come.


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LC Waikiki Leads the Fashion Pack with Infor

Infor recently announced that global fashion retailer LC Waikiki has selected Infor CloudSuite PLM for Fashion, to help with the company’s rapid growth. LC Waikiki selected Infor because of the application’s rich user experience, its ability to scale, dedicated capabilities for private brand fashion retailers, as well as the professionalism and knowledge of the team. Because the application is deployed via Infor’s SaaS, LC Waikiki can focus on growing its business and helping users drive greater speed and business value from the solution, saving on time and additional resources in supporting and maintaining it. “The $1.3 trillion fashion industry is enormously competitive and going through significant change,” says Jason Berry, VP Retail & Fashion, EMEA, Infor. Chief digital officer of LC Waikiki Serafettin Ozer stated the importance of winning market share by having a dedicated end-to-end platform designed to support specific dynamics of fashion product lifecycle management. Ozer comments, “The extensive capabilities and intuitive interface of Infor CloudSuite PLM for Fashion mean that we can continue our growth journey with the very best tools and absolute confidence in our performance.”


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APP Group, Mackage and SOIA & KYIO Select Infor for its Digital Supply Chain Transformation

Infor recently announced that APP Group, major luxury outerwear retail giant, has selected Infor Retail CloudSuite to support their exponential growth and global expansion. APP Group manages two global leading brands, Mackage and SOIA & KYO, and will implement Infor CloudSuite Fashion Suite, Infor Demand Planner, Infor Nexus, and Birst analytics to aid in accelerating its direct-to-consumer expansion. APP Group will modernize and consolidate their multiple ERPs with CloudSuite Fashion and leverage the modern, connected platform via Infor Nexus to support growth across their various direct to consumer channels, wholesale, store growth and eCommerce. Donna Lisk, Chief Financial Officer at APP Group, comments that as their business is rapidly expanding, their need for a modernized IT foundation will be invested in Infor’s ERP and supply chaing solutions. This partnership, Lisk hopes, will “help provide the transformation our organization needs to drive agility, improve our time to market for new products and expand globally.”


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Infor Releases New Solution Designed to Transform Price Management for Retailers

Infor’s newest cloud-native price management solution, Infor Price Management (IPM) has been officially released. The newest addition to the Infor Retail sector, Infor Price Management (IPM) is scalable, self-serviceable, and configurable, and serves as “one version of the truth” for price: evaluating prices, identifying conflicts and preventing leakage across applicable selling channels.  It enables retailers to focus on the creation of proprietary pricing models, identifying relevant sources of market intelligence, and differentiating their position in the market through value-based pricing. In addition, Infor Price Management permits retailers to bring together prices from disparate sources into a single execution platform for transparency across the organization – with the goal of eliminating conflicts and reducing price leakage.


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Destination XL Group Selects Infor to Optimize Customer Engagement

Infor’s newest partnership is with Destination XL Group (DXLG), the industry’s leader in men’s big and tall apparel. This partnership allows DXLG to increase their market share and top line sales, improve customer segmentation and drive state-of-the-art marketing activities. Infor Alliance partner Three Deep Marketing will work alongside DXLG to leverage Infor’s rich breadth of customer engagement solutions to deepen relationships with existing and new customers by better understanding preferences around promotions, pricing and assortment. DXLG will implement Infor CloudSuite CRM, Infor Marketing Resource Management (MRM), Infor Omni-channel Campaign Management (OCM), and Infor Loyalty powered by CrowdTwist to provide relevant communications across all channels. “With Infor’s end-to-end customer engagement solutions, we can understand our customers better, produce rich and deep customer profiles and drive incredibly smart segmentation to connect and engage with our customers in a more meaningful and targeted way,” said Jim Davey, CMO of Destination XL Group. Infor’s Retail division now supports more than 2,500 global fashion, retail, and grocery brands that work to modernize operations by taking advantage of the latest consumer and business technologies — mobile, social, science and cloud.


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Infor and Mashfrog Join Forces for Fashion & Industrial

Infor’s latest channel partner is with Mashfrog, an IT and digital services company based in Italy. The partnership is designed to help manufacturers in both the fashion and industrial industries in Italy to modernize through technology and pursue digital transformation programs. Mashfrog will have access to the Infor CloudSuite Fashion (based on Infor M3) and combined with the company’s service delivery credentials, it will help local businesses to capitalize on digitization, drive performance and expand market share. “Infor’s continued innovation and cloud first strategy is impressive and we are delighted to join forces with them to consolidate our proposition for the Italian market,” comments Federico Zuin, Mashfrog Group CEO. “Fashion and apparel companies face huge challenges and complexity, but through making the best decisions about where to invest in digital capabilities, they stand to win market share in what has become a global mega industry. Infor’s cloud first strategy combined with deep domain functionality and industry expertise, together with our credentials, industry knowledge and experience in service delivery, mean that we have an impressive proposition to take to the Italian market.”


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Infor Helps Forever New in Digital Transformation to Take the Lead

Infor recently partnered with Australian-based fashion and accessories brand Forever New to transform its supply chain and warehouse management operations in order to remain agile in a dynamic retail industry. Forever New will leverage Infor’s Supply Chain Execution (SCE) and Intelligence Open Network(ION) solutions across its warehouses and supply chain to help cater to demand across its channels including in-store, e-commerce and drop-ship for online marketplaces. SNS, a global supply chain alliance partner, will assist in implementing the solution and will help streamline Forever New’s warehouse management operations. This allows for dynamic order processing capability and enhanced stock optimization with voice-based operations, activity-based billing, labor management, better inventory visibility and accuracy. “Forever New’s desire to be an agile retail player is matched by Infor’s drive to deliver finely-tuned, industry-specific capabilities in the cloud. We are committed to helping this new-age dynamic retail leader carve out new markets by continued innovation, and supporting their growth and digital strategy,” said Helen Masters, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Infor Asia Pacific.


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Infor partnering with Oxford and Carnegie Mellon on machine learning

Infor is making great strides in the education sector by recently signing a new research partnership with the University of Oxford and extended its partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, both to study machine learning. Infor is supporting an on-going work on in-database machine learning to the Factorised Databases (FDB) Project with the Computer Science Department at Oxford in the UK. Leading the project is Oxford professor Dan Olteanu who’s goal for the FDB project is to build a scalable system for training machine learning models over relational databases. Olteanu was a consultant on development of Infor’s LogicBlox – a core part of Infor Retail’s demand forecasting, allocation, replenishment, and assortment optimization capabilities. Infor began a similar partnership with Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in October of 2018. Head of the project at Carnagie Mellon is Professor Benjamin Moseley and his work on advanced algorithms for scheduling execution graphs of declarative languages. This research is expected to improve the task scheduler of the LogicBlox platform.

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STL Partners in Transformation with Infor

Sociedad Textil Lonia (STL) has partnered with Infor Retail CloudSuite and Infor GT Nexus to support its innovation and transformation initiatives. With over 800 stores in over 50 countries, and managing two leading fashion and luxury brands Purificación García and CH Carolina Herrera, STL plans to establish an Innovation Center in Barcelona to focus on customer experience in the European fashion industry. Carlos Fernández-Couto, COO, at STL says of the decision, “Our efforts, supported by Infor, will power growth for years to come, delighting our customers and empowering our employees.” Furthermore, Corey Tollefson, SVP and GM of Infor Retail, comments, “This partnership is based upon relationships, trust, and industry proven solutions such as Demand Management and Infor GT Nexus Supply Chain Network which are key strengths within our Infor Retail CloudSuite.” Infor and STL will also collaborate on the development of new customer-centric capabilities that connect the fashion and retail business process from design and production to distribution and customer management.

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