Single Instance ERP for Sister Companies Drives Growth, Lowers Costs
LAS VEGAS (Inforum 2007) - September 12, 2007 - Infor today announced International Home Products Inc. (IHP), the world's largest distributor of Lifetime cookware, along with its sister company Health Distillers International, Inc. (HDI), the leading provider of the most advanced water purification systems in the Caribbean, will deploy Infor ERP LN throughout their facilities in Puerto Rico and North America, replacing their previously-installed SAP R/3 system.
IHP and HDI will benefit from LN's multisite functionality, which will allow the multinational companies to control and manage business processes in local languages with a single application. The solution will provide the organizations with a holistic view of the entire enterprise for improved sales, customer service and operational efficiency.
The companies chose Infor for its business-specific solutions that address critical operational areas such as order and inventory management, sales, finance, warehouse management, and logistics. LN inherently includes robust capabilities with built-in deep domain experience to help companies like IHP and HDI successfully meet industry requirements, while providing ease of use and a lower total cost of ownership.
"The lower total cost of ownership we expect to achieve with Infor will result not only in dollars saved but will create efficiencies in areas such as employee productivity, staffing, training and capacity," said Miguel Lopez, IT Manager for IHP. "Infor's dynamic modular system means that we will save time and money since we only upgrade the functionality we want and leave the core system alone. Unlike other large vendors, Infor enables flexibility to upgrade when you are ready, and never forces a company to move to an entirely new solution just to get support."
Infor's product strategy, which enriches the value of customers' current investment in Infor solutions, extends their core ERP applications with business-specific solutions and evolves the Infor product line to produce next-generation solutions, continues to be successful.
"Our unwavering strategy is to provide business-specific solutions that offer the flexibility and agility our customers need to meet the requirements of their industries," said Kevin Piotrowski, Infor's director of industry and product marketing. "LN's multi-language and multi-currency capabilities enable global companies to improve the flow of goods, eliminate waste, and realize efficiencies across their enterprise."
Additionally, the two companies will benefit from LN's comprehensive supply chain functions including warehouse management, which is critical for managing the companies' various warehouses. This will improve their ability to keep appropriate inventory levels in stock. LN's rich supply chain functionality will enable the companies to improve order accuracy and inventory turns, allowing them to more efficiently serve their customers.
LN also makes recommendations on what inventory is needed and in what quantities the companies should order for a particular warehouse. This is especially important since the inventory levels vary from warehouse to warehouse. Additionally, improved order management will decrease the time required to process and dispatch orders, allowing the companies' sales force of more than 1,200 independent distributors to focus on selling, while greater visibility into accounts enables customers to benefit from a comprehensive approach to account management.
Infor ERP LN includes multiple key industry solutions, providing companies with flexible business operations support across all departments, and rapid return on investment (ROI). The solution can be reconfigured quickly and is designed to lower operating costs and improve competitiveness. Infor ERP LN supports global operations, is easy to use and provides real-time visibility for decision makers.
About International Home Products
International Home Products is a leading distributor of premium cookware. Health Distillers International is a distributor of water distillers and other related products. With $50 million in annual revenues, IHP services Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. The company has facilities throughout Puerto Rico and North America.
Infor delivers business-specific software to enterprising organizations. With experience built in, Infor's solutions enable businesses of all sizes to be more enterprising and adapt to the rapid changes of a global marketplace. With more than 70,000 customers, Infor is changing what businesses expect from an enterprise software provider. For additional information, visit www.infor.com.