E-business software solutions provider SAP AG said on Thursday that sportswear giant Nike Inc has boosted its US supply chain strategy with SAP's Apparel and Footwear Solution (SAP AFS).

The Florida-based firm said that as Nike's North American operations have 5,000 users, the deployment is the largest implementation of the SAP AFS solution. Nike will extend the roll-out of the SAP solution to its European operations later this year.

"This major supply chain represents a significant building block for future growth by allowing the company to implement updated systems that will streamline processes and create new efficiencies for both Nike and its customers," said Roland Wolfram, vice president of global operations and technology, Nike.

"With the SAP solution, we have implemented a sophisticated IT system that will allow us to improve our manufacturing lead times, increase the performance of our supply chain, and present a more consistent face to our retail customers."

The solution integrates global sourcing, in-house and offshore manufacturing, subcontracting, and direct shipment processes so that global strategies can be implemented and a consistent quality ensured.