Haggar Clothing Ironing out Wrinkles in Merchandise Flow

Retail subsidiary using allocation/replenishment, planning capabilities in Jesta solution to better manage product flow

Retail subsidiary using allocation/replenishment, planning capabilities in Jesta solution to better manage product flow

New York — June 21, 2005 — Haggar Clothing is looking to iron out wrinkles in its merchandise flow by implementing a solution from Jesta I.S. to maximize inventory sell-through for its more than 80 retail stores using the application's allocation/replenishment and planning capabilities.

The retail subsidiary of Dallas-based Haggar will use Jesta's Vision Merchandising Solution, which the software company says can help manage the diverse needs of style-managed retailers.

With the solution, mass replenishment and allocation are done at the style/color/size level with minimal user involvement. With sales history data and more accurate inventory, intelligent store transfers become automated, resulting in retailers having more time to focus on more pressing and strategic issues, the solution provider said.

David Specht Sr., vice president and chief information officer for Haggar Clothing, said that the company views systems that will allow Haggar to effectively manage product flow into its stores as being key to the continued success of its direct-to-consumer initiatives.

"We recognize that the need to boost visibility and response time to trends and product availability is essential for survival," Specht said. "We are confident that, with the Vision Merchandising solution, Haggar will be better positioned for the road ahead."

Vision Merchandising will be integrated into the Haggar wholesale and retail business model, becoming a key component of its enterprise system, according to Jesta. The solution will manage and share data and processes with various business applications, including warehouse management (WMS), point-of-sale (POS), planning and financials.

"As an organization that prides itself on being the first at taking on many initiatives, including fabric technology and the first apparel company to ticket merchandise with UPC bar codes, it is no surprise that Haggar has forward-looking focus for it's retail operations," said Leslie Belcher, president of Jesta I.S.

Jesta provides solutions for manufacturers, distributors and retailers primarily in consumer goods industries. Its other customers include such companies as Perry Ellis International, Genesco, UNIONBAY and Jones Apparel Group.

Additional Articles of Interest

— The focus in the retail sector has shifted from managing the movement of goods to managing information about goods. Read more in "Ramping Up the Retail Supply Chain," in the February/March 2005 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

— For more information on the current state of the sourcing and procurement markets, see the articles "The Analyst Corner: Sourcing" in the June/July 2004 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive, and "The Analyst Corner: Procurement" in the August/September 2004 issue of the magazine.