Marks & Spencer supplier Dewhirst Menswear Tailoring has implemented the Fastreact planning system to help improve customer service, speed of response and lower its stock holding.

The system - Fastreact Evolution - enables the closer coordination of functions within the business and this has facilitated a better materials planning process.

It provides supply chain planning, critical path management, flow reporting and raw materials visibility in a single coordinated system that is linked to and working with Dewhirst Menswear Tailoring's existing JD Edwards business system.

This means that the impact of changes in any one area, such as sample approvals, flow requirements, raw materials availability and current production performance can be immediately reflected in other areas, providing clear notification of priority changes and a clear warning of potential problems.

Glenn Walker, finance director at Dewhirst Menswear Tailoring said the company has reduced the stockholding on materials by 40-50 per cent (25-30 days stockholding down to an average of 15 days), and has improved the raw material availability to the production floor.