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Focus International Selects Visual Next


London, UK – 28 March 2017 – Visual Next UK is pleased to announce that Focus International has appointed Visual Next to implement a new suite of software products, to replace their current systems and enable smoother processes across the business, from the sample stage through to dispatch.

The Visual End2End software suite will centralise all of Focus International‘s product information and processes into a single system which will provide increased efficiency as well as streamlined design, product development, production and distribution processes, all of which will offer a smoother process for the Focus International customer. Alongside this, the brand will benefit from a wide range of concept-to-consumer fashion software components including comprehensive PLM and ERP capabilities.

Focus International Operations Director, Andrew Ward, said, “We pride ourselves on innovative design and excellent customer service. Being a true ‘omnichannel’ business selling via ecommerce, direct to retail customers, concessions and wholesale, we needed a system that would seamlessly integrate all these channels together to have one central inventory system to pull from – with advance reporting, financial and merchandising abilities. We have undertaken a detailed market evaluation to find the most efficient and fit-for-purpose solution to support our current and future growth needs. With Visual Next, we are pleased to have found a solution to achieve this. We will now be able to connect all departments, from design to finance, for total visibility within a ‘one stop application’. It’s exciting to combine our business growth with new fashion technology.”

Visual Next UK Managing Director, Tony Mather, commented, “We are delighted to be working with Focus International on this project. Focus International – part of the JD Sports Group of companies is an established, respected business in a fast moving sector and will benefit from Visual’s Rapid Deployment Process (RDP). This will enable quick gains from Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and other key fashion capabilities from an all-in-one business enterprise solution.”

About Focus International
Focus International – part of the JD Sports Fashion PLC – are market leaders in the design, sourcing, marketing and distribution of footwear and apparel for own and licensed brands since 1993. Garments are designed in their Huddersfield and London offices and all management and distribution is handled from their St Albans centre. Focus currently work with the following brands: American Freshman, Duffer, Ecko , Ellesse, Fenchurch, Fly53, Henleys Peter Werth, Starter, Yogi, Zoo York and Unsunghero. For more information on Focus please visit: www.focusint.co.uk

About Visual Next
Visual Next provides End2End software to apparel, footwear and fashion accessory companies. Currently more than 600 companies around the world take advantage of Visual’s advanced ERP, PLM, supply chain management, warehouse optimization and business intelligence software.


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