Van de Velde takes steps to support etail partners

Belgian lingerie manufacturer and retailer Van de Velde is upgrading its business management software to support current and potential ecommerce partners.

The company, which designs, produces and sells lingerie and swimwear under several own-brand names, will deploy a new ERP (enterprise resource planning) system in the next 18 months, to improve supply efficiency and reduce lead times.

Hedwig Schockaert, the company’s ICT and supply chain director, told Computer Weekly that the manufacturer, which saw turnover of €209m in 2015, had been using the same iteration of Infor M3 since 2011.

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But the company is now looking for improved performance in some areas. “Lead times are always getting longer and longer,” he told the technology news site.

“We might need a supply chain with shorter lead times, both in terms of our suppliers and our own production. It can be 10 to 12 weeks, which is quite long.”

Although Van de Velde has 80 stores worldwide, including Rigby & Peller in the UK, US and Dubai, most of its trade is wholesale, with stockists selling its PrimaDonna, Marie Jo and Andres Sarda collections.

Schockaert is concerned that as its retailer partners sell more online, lead times will become unsustainable.

“So far, e-commerce has not had a big effect on us – it is still relatively small,” he explained. “But in the future, it will have an effect. Because consumers will not to wait 10 to 12 weeks to get the product, we have to store more inventory to provide that availability on the spot. The risk will shift to our side due to the e-commerce way of working.”

The new Infor M3 ERP system provides capabilities to manage large multiples of colourways and sizes.

It is used across forecasting, planning, purchasing, warehouse management and sales order processing.



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