It’s no surprise to anyone that these are uncertain times for global trade. Countries are levying new tariffs on commodities like aluminum, steel, clothing and more. Manufacturers, retailers and distributors are starting to feel the crunch of rising commodity and product costs and they’re concerned that these new tariff “wars” will upset and in some cases destroy the trading ecosystems that have flourished under a decades-old free-trade business environment.
Challenge: This footwear company is a leading manufacturer that prides itself in producing a wide range of shoes, from athletic to fashion, in hopes of crafting the perfect style for each customer. Because of the company’s emphasis on creativity, its manufacturing environment is highly complex — consisting of more than 3,000 patterns, 11,000 types of materials and various outdated IT systems. Attempting to manage design and order generation, the company implemented Amber Road’s SAP ERP and PTC FlexPLM systems, which only rendered partial functionalities since the system was not yet fully integrated.