Perry Ellis Upgrades Sourcing Solution

Clothier moves acquired menswear division to solution from Jesta to standardize business processes

New York — July 16, 2004 — The menswear division of apparel company Perry Ellis International has gone live with an upgraded version of a sourcing solution from Jesta in a move to improve productivity and profitability, while at the same time reducing risk in the company's supply chain.

Perry Ellis Menswear division has gone live with Jesta's Vision Sourcing and Demand Management 7.2. In addition, the clothier has upgraded to Vision Sourcing and Demand Management 7.2 across all its divisions.

"Jesta's ... solutions have helped us manage the growth of our organization and improve our results," said Luis Paez, chief information officer for Perry Ellis International.

Verdun, Quebec-based Jesta said its solution allowed Perry Ellis to smoothly integrate its acquisition of Salant Corp. (now Perry Ellis Menswear) and its Axis and Tricots St. Raphael divisions in June 2003.

"Merging new business units is always a difficult process," Paez noted. "We have worked with Jesta in this scenario before and expect the integration process to be seamless."

The solution provider said that Vision Sourcing and Demand Management would allow Perry Ellis Menswear to meet the demands of future growth. The product is able to process vast amounts of information and manage the large volume of transactions required in sourcing operations like those at Perry Ellis, Jesta said.

Perry Ellis Menswear will look to the solution to help streamline its business process and employ the same business practices used throughout the Perry Ellis organization.

Functional benefits of Vision Sourcing and Demand, according to Jesta, include optimized delivery of available merchandise, management of all phases of order processing, as well as prioritizing the allocation of inventory.

"Perry Ellis International is now positioned to manage its entire supply chain, enabling it to lower product cost, while increasing profitability and efficiency," Jesta said in a statement.