British Retail Brand Underpins Growth Strategy with Industry Specific Cloud Solution
FARNBOROUGH – Oct 18, 2016 – Infor, a leading provider of beautiful business applications specialized by industry and built for the cloud, today announced that British lifestyle brand, Cath Kidston, has selected Infor CloudSuite Fashion to support its global operations and underpin international growth.
Infor CloudSuite Fashion will deliver enhanced visibility for the British retail brand, tighten processes and reduce manual re-keying of data, particularly around managing stock across multiple trading channels. The cloud-based solution, which will support all business areas from PLM, purchasing, merchandise inventory management and financials, to business intelligence and industry-specific analytics will also help to reduce its IT footprint; expedite time to market; and reduce risk. In turn this will allow Cath Kidston to pursue its omni-channel operational platform and international growth strategies, and increase profitability.
Cath Kidston engaged Lumenia Consulting to perform a thorough evaluation of the software market place and selected Infor CloudSuite Fashion based on Infor’s commitment to, and investment in tailored functionality for the fashion industry, which was unparalleled.
A unique retailer with a business model driven by its iconic vintage-inspired prints, Cath Kidston faces a high degree of complexity in its operations, and in the wake of strong international business growth, the fashion brand had outgrown its existing legacy systems. Infor CloudSuite Fashion will be deployed using Infor’s Implementation Accelerator for Fashion, in order to compress implementation time and expedite time to benefits, while the cloud provisioning will reduce TCO and ensure resources are focused on developing the Cath Kidston brand.
“Infor’s investment in, and commitment to building tailored functionality for the fashion and retail industries is unparalleled and having reviewed the market, we had no hesitation in selecting Infor Cloudsuite Fashion,” said Geert Peeters, COO, Cath Kidston. “Having a fashion-focused retail solution delivered via the Cloud means that we will benefit quickly from having all our key systems totally integrated. Furthermore, its modern, smartphone-esque interface is slick and intuitive to use, which is hugely beneficial in encouraging user adoption and getting the most out of the system.”
“Working with a provider which could support financials on a global basis and provide 24/7 support, particularly in countries which operate within a more complex taxation and regulatory framework, was crucial, and having access to this level of capability, combined with the ability to support the dynamics and nuances of a unique fashion business, means that we have immense confidence as we move forward in the next chapter of our growth.”
“By choosing Infor CloudSuite Fashion, the team at Cath Kidston can dedicate all of their energies into delivering on the company’s strategy, and continued development of the brand, with absolute confidence that its systems are aligned perfectly to the task at hand,” said Duncan Angove, president, Infor.
To learn more about Infor CloudSuite Fashion, visit the web site.
About Cath Kidston
Founded in 1993 with a single shop in London’s Holland Park, Cath Kidston Ltd is today a fast-growing global lifestyle brand with stores in 19 countries including France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand and the UK.
In January 2015, the brand opened its first store in the Middle East on Olaya Street, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and now operates a further 15 stores across the region. Known as the “home of modern vintage”, the brand offers a range of products from accessories and womenswear to childrenswear and home furnishings. For more information please visit www.cathkidston.com.
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