US footwear firm Vida Shoes International has implemented a software solution to help simplify its supply chain network, achieve process improvement, and achieve real-time data.

The company has selected a suite the Infor CloudSuite Fashion application, which offers access to industry specific analytics providing metrics and key performance indicators to end-users through a unique user interface that utilises Infor ION, a purpose-built middleware, and Infor Ming.le, a social collaboration engine.

The enhancements support global value chains by allowing users to view real-time data at any time and from any location. In addition, Infor Fashion PLM will deliver tools to bring products to market faster and finish in a few days what would otherwise take weeks or months, linking every step in the product development process, which will help reduce errors, costs, and time to market.

Vida says better collaboration tools will help the company automate communications to save time, communicate more effectively across the supply chain, and connect more closely to partners, while supplier self-service functionality will provide the teams with up-to-date real-time information.

"We decided to partner with Infor because of its ability to provide footwear specific business software and applications that will help our company respond quickly to changing market demands and streamline communication across divisions," says Arthur Levine, CFO, Vida. "We have grown rapidly over the past five years, both organically and through new licenses and brand acquisitions. We needed to be sure that we were partnering with a company that could provide us with software and solutions to support similar future growth. We needed a technology platform that would unify our operations and give us a single, trusted source of data from the supply chain through to the end user."

Vida will also implement a suite of GT Nexus-powered supply chain solutions including Purchase Order Collaboration and Procure to Pay to deliver rapid payment approval and notice of discrepancies, with a clear picture of cash flows and expected payment dates to suppliers. Vida will have a single view of order data between its suppliers, and confirm or negotiate order terms across multiple orders and items simultaneously.