In the past nine months Panache Lingerie has doubled its turnover and won back a major contract - both of which, it says, have been made possible by the company's investment in a scaleable computer solution.
 
Panache designs, manufactures and distributes of a full range of quality co-ordinates for the lingerie industry, with customers including Debenhams, John Lewis, Allders and Matalan. Exports to 32 countries around the world account for 60 per cent of its revenues.

According to general manager Derek Ewers: "We stock as many as 300,000 pieces, in numerous colours and up to 36 sizes in any one style. It used to take us days to allocate this stock to orders. We can now do it at the touch of a button, saving much valuable time, and making it possible to deliver to our promised delivery dates."

The company invested in the Supply Chain system from clothing industry specialist Prima Solutions. Panache implemented Prima's fully integrated Order Processing, Distribution and Financial modules, and has since introduced its technology for Internet access and email.
 
Online links are provided between Panache's Hong Kong sourcing business and UK head office - which has eliminated paperwork and brought in massive savings.

"Accurate information is vital to our business now," says Derek. "With an integrated system we have stopped the double entry of data that we had previously - saving us lots of time and enabling us to focus on real business development issues, including our own customer service priorities."