SOURCE: Intentia

May 16, 2005 10:28 ET

Demand and Supply Chain Planning No Longer an Inexact Science With Powerful Intentia Solutions for Apparel Manufacturers

Fashion Industry Operations Expert Available to Discuss Advanced Demand and Supply Chain Planning at National Apparel and Technology Show Booth 104

MONTREAL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 16, 2005 -- Intentia, the global enterprise solutions provider for the manufacturing, distribution and maintenance industries, will showcase the advanced forecasting capabilities of its Demand Planner and Supply Chain Planner solutions for today's fast-moving and highly competitive global business environment.

Part of the Intentia Supply Chain Management suite, the Demand Planner and Supply Chain Planner applications optimize operations and sales processes to achieve supply chain visibility and collaboration across an enterprise, ensuring that the right materials and finished products are available when and where they are needed.

Apparel retailers, distributors and manufacturers are constantly seeking ways to reduce product lead times and excessive stock levels that tie up capital. Demand Planner allows organizations to quickly adapt production and supply to meet evolving industry demands such as sales targets, promotions, and the buying and selling behaviour of customers.

By bringing together the intelligence of those responsible for forecasting, including logistics managers, account managers, product managers, retailers and suppliers, Demand Planner establishes workflow processes that accurately capture and consolidate information that is close to the customer.

With the identified business forecast, Intentia's Supply Chain Planner then synchronizes the flow of materials through the supply chain and coordinates procurement, production and distribution to ensure that the projected demand is met in the most efficient manner. This creates and streamlines processes including master production planning, time-phased sourcing rules, stock build plans, high-level capacity decisions and input for supplier agreements.

"Supply chain management for the fashion industry is extremely complex. In today's global environment, manufacturers need technology to navigate the maze of logistics, languages, currencies and regulations," said Bob McKee, the fashion industry solutions director for Intentia Americas.

"Intentia's Demand Planner and Supply Chain Planner are built to meet the unique needs of the apparel industry and help achieve profitability. Manufacturers and retailers can be confident that, because of a flexible Java technology foundation, these solutions will remain relevant over a long period of time, while adapting to changing business demands," McKee said.

Demand Planner also provides features designed for fashion manufacturers and retailers, including a margin calculator that cuts up to 50 percent of the time normally needed to calculate sales prices based on predefined margins over cost figures. Organizations can also establish multilevel forecasting with a hierarchy of demand based on categories such as country, region, customer group, product group or individual item. This gives organizations the flexibility to easily update the central forecast and view or report information in any aggregate grouping.

With more than 20 years of experience serving mid-size manufacturing organizations, Intentia enterprise software is built to meet 90 percent of the apparel industry's needs without customization.

Intentia executive Bob McKee is available during the National Apparel and Technology Show (NATS) in booth 104 to discuss supply chain and demand forecasting or other manufacturing issues in the apparel industry. Please call to reserve an appointment time.

About Intentia

Intentia is the only global enterprise solutions provider 100% dedicated to bringing software applications and consulting services to companies whose core processes involve manufacturing, distribution and maintenance -- what we call the "make, move and maintain" market.

--  100% of our resources are committed to this market.
--  100% of our software is designed for this market.
--  100% of our experience is in serving this market.
    
Intentia customers are typically medium to large organizations that operate in complex supply chains with tough competition and limited internal resources. They require the reliability, experience and security of a substantial supplier with the flexibility and specialist knowledge of their industries and processes.

Intentia solutions are built from the ground up with the specific needs of these customers in mind, and the ability to grow and change easily with their businesses. They simplify complex processes, anticipate customer demands and deliver added value in both the short and long term -- making them the intelligent choice.

Intentia was founded in 1984 and serves over 3,000 customer sites in some 40 countries around the world. Our business solutions currently comprise enterprise management, supplier relationship management, customer relationship management, supply chain management, value chain collaboration, enterprise performance management and workplace management.

Intentia is a public company traded on the Stockholm Stock Exchange (XSSE) under the symbol INT B. Visit Intentia's Web site at www.intentia.com

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The Intelligent Choice

Contact Information

  • For further information, please contact:

    Steve Polilli
    Public Relations Manager
    Intentia Americas
    Telephone: 847-413-2865
    Cell phone: 919-632-1890
    e-Mail: Steve.Polilli@intentia.com

    Jaclyn Saccone
    Cohn & Wolfe for Intentia Americas
    Telephone: 212-798-9518
    Cell phone: 917-969-3551
    e-Mail: Jaclyn_Saccone@nyc.cohnwolfe.com