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TAL Group Implements Lawson Software Solutions

The Hong Kong-based TAL Group, one of the world’s largest apparel manufacturers, recently implemented St. Paul, Minn.-based Lawson Software’s M3 Fashion Planning Workbench and Supply Chain Order solutions. TAL, which has been using Lawson’s M3 Enterprise Management Systems for a number of years, chose the latest Lawson solutions to help it shorten planning and production lead times, improve inventory management and speed its response to market trends.

The Fashion Planning Workbench tool enables TAL to balance production load at multiple sites and assist with style and color planning, while the Supply Chain Order tool — implemented at 10 TAL production sites — links orders with supply chain data, aiding the company in planning and managing order chains.

“With Fashion Planning Workbench, whether it is the sales team loading orders or the planners balancing capacity, all changes are immediately updated for everyone to see,” said Delman Lee, director of technology, TAL. “We also saved time. For 200,000 orders, we used to take eight hours to download and sort date with Excel, but it can be done in 30 minutes now.

“With Supply Chain Order, if we change the quantity of a customer’s order, all other related material requirement orders are taken care of,” Lee added. “We estimate that this gives us 80-percent savings in time spent on these tasks.”

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