Established in 1991, Andari Fashion Inc. is a full-service sweater and knits manufacturer based in El Monte, California. Since its inception, Andari has been supplying “Made in U.S.A.” products to major department stores and high-end designers throughout the U.S. In addition to domestic manufacturing capabilities, Andari has facilities in China, which enable the company to offer its customers an expanded range of products and pricing options.
According to Andari president Wei Wang, the lack of integration was problematic. “Since all of our departments were operating independently with their own spreadsheet systems, there was no centralized view of where we were in the production cycle. This issue was most noticeable when it came to tracking approvals and deadlines for each customer. Our approach is to keep our customers fully engaged during production, and that methodology involves meeting deadlines for customer approvals at every stage, including fit (multiple times), color and trim (e.g., label placement, zipper, buttons, etc.). If we don’t meet all of our deadlines, then there is a risk of a delay in completing production and that is not acceptable to us. Unfortunately, since we didn’t have a fully integrated manufacturing and production system in place, it was very time-consuming and labor-intensive to get all of our departments in sync so that we could track our production cycles”.
[quote]We needed to implement a new solution right away and then Softengine called – they really did their due diligence~ Wei Wang, President Andari Fashion[/quote]
“It was clear that the time had come to implement a robust, flexible and cost-effective ERP system that could be quickly adapted to the way we do business.” Andari and Softengine worked together to formulate an implementation plan and decide what modifications and enhancements were essential. The first step was to install the SAP Business One system to replace their legacy accounting system. Once that was completed, Softengine spent a week onsite conducting a “go-live” training program to ensure that every user in the company was up to speed with the software.
Within a month of going live with SAP Business One, Softengine added its Fashion One module to the system. Fashion One is specially designed for the apparel industry and contains a number of features not found in standard ERP packages.
“With Softengine’s Production System in place, we can now accurately track where we are in the production process on the manufacturing floor,” said Wang. “For example, if we need 1,000 pieces of crewneck sweaters, we can create the cut tickets, scan the barcodes and instantly know the status of the job. Tickets are distributed to employees in each department and after each step, the barcode from that ticket is scanned with the laborer’s initials into the system and that information is automatically sent to the payroll department. The barcode system enables us to drill into employee performance by department; track production orders on a weekly basis and even run a percentage of completion report for each production order.”
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