Liberty, the upmarket UK-based retailer, is to invest £1.2m in renewing its entire IT infrastructure. The investment forms part of a wider strategy to renew and modernise the business.

The new system, which is to be provided by Prologic, is slated to go live early next year.

Following its acquisition of Liberty in January 2000, MWB Group found a fragmented IT infrastructure with merchandising, production, finance, retail and wholesale each running on separate systems. Working closely with management consultants KPMG, the new management team recognised that the poor infrastructure was a barrier to development plans.

"One of our principal strategic objectives is to integrate all areas of Liberty so that the company operates seamlessly as a single business," said Adrian Moulds, financial director of Liberty. "That's the only way to have a clear picture at any given time. However, our legacy infrastructure of disparate systems couldn't provide the transparency and access we needed."

After a six month evaluation process, Liberty chose Prologic, the fashion and lifestyle IT solutions provider, to implement the IT overhaul.

"The company's CIMS solution will enable us to manage both the retail and wholesale aspects of Liberty with higher levels of visibility and control than ever before. It was also a major factor that Prologic also has a client-base which is demonstrably in our sector and it clearly has a very close understanding of our business," said Mr Moulds.

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