SOURCE: International Business Systems

International Business Systems

March 16, 2016 12:50 ET

Reliable Parts Selects IBS for 2016 Expansion Upgrade Project

Two-Phased Program Leads to Full IBS Enterprise Installation by 2017

ROSEVILLE, CA--(Marketwired - March 16, 2016) -  International Business Systems (IBS), a leading global supplier of integrated ERP, warehouse management systems (WMS) and supply chain solutions, announces that Reliable Parts has selected IBS Business Suite 2016 as its go-forward enterprise platform. Reliable Parts, a distributor of parts for major electronics and appliance manufacturers throughout North America, has elected to upgrade its legacy IBS Enterprise system to Enterprise Version 9 in anticipation of future expansion plans.

Reliable Parts recently acquired Appliance Parts Depot (APD) of Dallas, Texas, expanding Reliable's U.S. and Canadian locations by 15. The expansion comes after Svoboda Capital purchased Reliable Parts in 2014. The decision to upgrade to IBS Enterprise V.9 is expected to position them for additional growth heading into 2017.

"We needed a solution capable of processing the thousands of transactions that Reliable Parts runs daily, plus the significant increase in daily transactions we expect as a result of our growth plans. IBS was able to demonstrate the processing power to manage the volume," said Lowell Millard, Reliable Parts CTO. "We chose IBS over two competitors, not only because IBS Enterprise is transaction-capable, but also because it supports our wide geographic dispersion and e-commerce needs now and as we grow."

Reliable Parts has been using the IBS system since 1999. Millard said it had proven to meet their needs, and the fact that it runs on an IBM iSeries platform was also important, as other systems would not be able to handle the load.

The upgrade will launch after Reliable effectively absorbs the APD acquisition, transitioning all APD locations to the original IBS platform before moving the entire company onto IBS Enterprise V.9, part of Business Suite 2016.

"This interim step allows us to transfer the existing knowledge base to APD and sets the stage for an easier transition to V.9 later on," said Jim Smith, president of the Mesa Group, a certified IBS implementation partner with more than 20 years of experience.

Onboarding of APD locations will begin around July 2016, with the full transition to IBS Enterprise V.9 expected in the second half of 2017.

"We are extremely pleased to serve our long-time customer, Reliable Parts, in this transition and upgrade project," said Jayne Archbold, IBS CEO. "Their decision to continue growing with IBS demonstrates confidence in the strength of our products, people and services. We are eager to work together as they move forward with the expansion."

About Reliable Parts

Reliable Parts was established in 1933 and has evolved into one of the largest and most respected distributors of parts for major electronics and appliance manufacturers throughout North America. The company serves wholesale and retail customers for the parts they need to service brands such as Whirlpool, GE, Samsung, LG, Bosch, Maytag, Frigidaire and dozens more. Reliable Parts operates from more than 60 branch and warehouse locations in Canada and the United States, covering both countries with next-day delivery.

About IBS

International Business Systems (IBS) is a leading global provider of integrated ERP, WMS and supply chain management solutions to the distribution, wholesale and 3PL sectors. For more than 35 years, we have helped customers such as WORLDPAC, Associated Pharmacies, Inc., GILLIG, Zwilling J.A. Henckels, Miele Inc., Tri Literal LLC, Mighty Auto Parts, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Volvo, Victory Packaging Inc. and many more streamline, automate and accelerate their distribution network processes, and drive profitability and efficiency. Learn more about IBS at www.ibs.net.

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