July 27, 2001, 12:00 AM

How PacSun uses the web to move merchandise through the DC faster

Pacific Sunwear expects to cut two days out of its transit time from distribution to store with a web-based supply chain system.

Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. is adding suppliers to its web-based supply chain management system at the rate of 100 a week, Ron Ehlers, vice president of information services, tells Internet Retailer. He expects all 400 of PacSun’s suppliers will be online by the end of August.

Earlier this year, Anaheim, CA-based Pacific Sunwear began a test, then implementation, of a web-based system by which the retailer and its manufacturers trade purchase orders, advance shipping notices and invoices electronically over the web. They are using an ASP system from St. Paul, MN-based SPS Commerce Inc.

Ehlers says Pacific Sunwear expects to cut two days out of the time it takes inventory to be received at a distribution center to when it moves to stores. “The merchandise doesn’t sell until it gets to the store selling floor and if you can reduce the time it takes by two days, you get those two extra days on the selling floor,” Ehlers says. “That means you get to re-order two days earlier if it’s a hot style-and that can help you beat your competitors.”

 

 

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