Uniform manufacturer and marketer Strategic Partners Inc is able to process orders twice as fast as before following the recent upgrade of its supply chain software to Essentus Vision Sourcing and Demand Management 2.2.

Los Angeles-based Strategic Partners sources and distributes a wide spectrum of products around the globe and has been operating with Essentus' supply chain solutions since November 1999. The upgrade and additional enhancements to the way in which data is exchanged between existing accounting and warehouse management applications have resulted in a significant increase in system performance.

Because Strategic Partners distributes to large retailers, and equally as demanding, smaller specialty shops, its sales order entry is a very complex process. It must handle a high volume of orders from several different channels, including EDI, direct from sales people, and telephone and fax.

Along with the increase in system performance, item availability is now visible to users and a complicated allocation procedure has been improved, ensuring that even small orders can be completed and shipped on time.

"The Essentus upgrade was performed while we continued to execute our business and it went extremely well. As usual, we shipped out orders the same day as received," commented chairman and CEO, Michael Singer of Strategic Partners.