Fashion wholesaler and retailer Esprit Europe has selected Retek Merchandising Operations Management solutions to integrate and streamline retail operations and support international growth.

The Hong Kong-based company will use the system to improve merchandising efficiencies at its 540 stores which along with its 2,500 franchises help generate annual sales of $1.2 billion, Minneapolis-based Retek said.

"With the continued growth of our retail operations, it has created the need for a more advanced and efficient information infrastructure to better serve our customers," commented Jerome Griffith, Esprit's global retail manager.

"Implementing the Retek solutions will enable us to streamline and automate our operations with a single, comprehensive source of accurate sales and inventory information, exception driven management based on retail alert information, improved promotions handling and improved merchandise allocation."