Extreme Online Order Management

The North Face can focus on core business and streamline processes with new system

Denver  November 15, 2002  In a bid to keep the costs, as well as the implementation time, of an online order management system down The North Face, a VF Corp. company, selected CenterStone Technologies Inc. CenterStone develops Web-based software for B2B purchase transactions via the Internet. The North Face offers technically advanced products to accomplished climbers, mountaineers, extreme skiers and explorers.

"After evaluating the cost involved to build an online order management system in-house, and the timeliness with which CenterStone could have us up and running, it was clear that CenterStone's software would give us the best return on investment," said Richard Hays, vice-president of information services at The North Face. "The software will streamline our order management process and save us money, while we remain focused on our core business."

CenterStone said its software will allow The North Face to provide its sales reps and retailers with the ability to access their product catalogs and available inventory, place orders over the Internet and check order status online and in real time. The North Face will also use the software in conjunction with its current enterprise resource planning (ERP) system by delivering orders from specialty retailers in electronic data interchange (EDI) formats.

The North Face, a 35-year manufacturing veteran of outdoor apparel and equipment, joins a growing list of other companies that have chosen CenterStone Technologies' software for their B2B order management solution.

"We are delighted to be working with The North Face," said Tom Detmer, president and CEO of CenterStone Technologies. "And more importantly, we're pleased to see so many consumer products companies recognize that selecting an order management system can help them to eliminate expenses, drive revenue and increase profits."