Clothing group Jones Apparel has selected SAP's apparel and footwear solution as the core enterprise system for the company.

The company is now in the process of implementing the solution within its apparel business.

Peter Boneparth, Jones' president and chief executive officer, said: "The selection of the SAP software announced today, along with the strategic operating review and actions that we have previously announced to improve our performance, will ensure that Jones Apparel Group remains properly positioned for the long-term benefit of our shareholders."

Boneparth said that the implementation was a key part of the company's push to eliminate redundancies and improve its cost structure and margin performance.

Bill McDermott, president and CEO of SAP, said: "Standardization of business processes and increased visibility across entities is essential to long-term success for today's businesses."

Jones Apparel Group is a leading designer, marketer and wholesaler of branded apparel, footwear and accessories.