Fast Fashion Retailer Implements JDA Portfolio to Support Growth Plans
Scottsdale, Ariz. – August 4, 2005 – JDA® Software Group, Inc. announced that Charlotte Russe Holding, Inc. (Nasdaq: CHIC), a 370 store mall-based specialty apparel and accessories retailer, implemented several JDA Portfolio® applications in just five months for its contemporary fashion Rampage chain. The retailer also converted its junior fashion Charlotte Russe chain in seven months to JDA’s Portfolio Merchandise Management™ (PMM™), Performance Analysis by IDEAS™ and Advanced Planning Solutions by Arthur applications.
With plans to expand to more than 700 stores, Charlotte Russe needed a strategic solution that could handle large transaction volumes and improve inventory visibility and tracking. “Speed to value drove our decision to take such a rapid deployment approach. The entire JDA team demonstrated terrific resolve in supporting the project go-live in a very compressed timeframe. It’s one of the best teams I’ve worked with,” stated Ed Wong, senior vice president of supply chain and systems at Charlotte Russe, a 25-year retail veteran with roots in planning and allocation.
“We needed a vendor that was committed and responsive to resolving issues and JDA demonstrated these values time and time again,” added Wong.
Commenting on how JDA’s services groups provided an integrated approach to the project, Wong added, “For example, the support team was involved throughout the implementation, which gave us confidence that our success would continue from day one of our go live. JDA’s support, including enhancements to current products and the introduction of its next generation PortfolioEnabled® products, gives us confidence that we will continue to receive an excellent ROI.”
“JDA and Charlotte Russe have reached a significant milestone by completing this complex rollout on time and on budget. I am proud to extend my congratulations to Charlotte Russe executives, their enthusiastic business users, as well as the JDA associates involved in this successful implementation,” commented JDA CEO Hamish Brewer.
JDA Tops Industry Vendors in Solution Selection
Wong had a positive experience implementing JDA’s Portfolio™ applications at another retail company, which removed the major variable risk that other vendors posed. According to Wong, other vendors of host systems had unproven solutions, older technology and too much instability among their executive team, while another vendor offered unreliable third-party consulting services with an implementation process described as “very painful” by some retailers.
“We selected PMM because it is a flexible solution that enables us to granularly analyze the sales mix in multiple formats and offers more hierarchy levels, which is important for fashion,” explained Wong.
Regarding JDA’s planning and allocation functionality, Wong stated, “There have been a slew of software products introduced by various vendors, but those products just don’t have JDA’s market traction or broad footprint and we didn’t want to be one of the first implementations for those companies.” JDA Portfolio: Best Solution to Support Growth, Overall Merchandising Process
Wong says that another market differentiator is JDA’s module-to-module integration between the Arthur® suite and PMM, as well as its open database design for easy access and management.
“JDA’s solution is unmatched in the industry. It provides the balance of features and functionality with easy-to-use screens, as well as the scalability, stability and maturity in terms of number of installed sites around the world. By adapting our merchants’ workflow with JDA’s best practice software, we are making more informed decisions and better managing the rapid inventory turns of our trendy, broad assortments,” added Wong.
In addition to PMM, Charlotte Russe is using Merchandise Planning by Arthur®, Advanced Allocation by Arthur®, Assortment Planning by Arthur®, Performance Analysis Web by Arthur™, Arthur Knowledge Base™ and Performance Analysis by IDEAS.
About JDA Software Group, Inc.
With more than 4,800 retail, manufacturing and wholesale customers in 60 countries, JDA Software Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:JDAS) is a global leader in delivering integrated software and professional services for the retail demand chain. By capitalizing on its market position and financial strength, JDA commits significant resources to advancing JDA Portfolio, its suite of merchandising, POS, analytic and collaborative solutions that improve revenues, efficiency and customer focus. Founded in 1985, JDA is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona and employs approximately 1,100 associates operating from 26 offices in major cities throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. For more information, visit www.jda.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-479-7382.
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