Jewelry Manufacturer Goes Real-time

Selects QAD to streamline manufacturing operations, support growth strategy

Carpinteria, CA  December 2, 2002  Collaborative commerce solutions provider QAD today announced that David Yurman, a U.S. luxury jewelry brand, has selected MFG/PRO eB2 to serve as its enterprise platform for its manufacturing and distribution operations and QAD eQ for order management.

With MFG/PRO eB2 and QAD eQ, David Yurman said it could use real-time information to achieve operational efficiencies, improve collaboration with suppliers and major retail customers, and support the company's future expansion.

David Yurman was established in 1979 and achieved its status as a leading luxury jewelry brand through its blend of sculptural design and craftsmanship in precious and semi-precious materials. To accommodate and support its aggressive growth strategy, which calls for an extension of its product lines and expansion of its retail presence, David Yurman sought a global enterprise solution for the procurement of raw materials through to the fulfillment of personalized orders from retailers' local clientele.

"Discriminating collectors of David Yurman jewelry expect excellence from retailers, who, in turn, expect us to be an exceptional business partner," said David Minster, chief information officer at David Yurman. "QAD offered us a solution that could deliver value quickly, while also providing the flexibility we require to support our growth and plans for the future."

The luxury jewelry producer will use MFG/PRO eB2 and QAD eQ to capture and use real-time data to automate sales order management and analysis, procurement, production planning and execution, quality management, and distribution logistics. QAD said its solutions also offer supplier and customer collaboration capabilities.

In addition to the core MFG/PRO eB2 suite and QAD eQ, David Yurman will implement modules for work-in-process inventory management, service and support, and private trading exchange functions. Planning and scheduling features built into the applications will enable the company to improve work synchronization and resource allocation, according to QAD.