Kathmandu explores ERP landscape

Outdoor retailer Kathmandu will implement Pronto Software's ERP solution to replace an outdated system that could no longer support its aggressive international growth strategy.The equipment and apparel company has 50 stores throughout Australia, New Zealand and the UK, and intends to grow that to 80 within the next three years.

Outdoor retailer Kathmandu will implement Pronto Software's ERP solution to replace an outdated system that could no longer support its aggressive international growth strategy.

The equipment and apparel company has 50 stores throughout Australia, New Zealand and the UK, and intends to grow that to 80 within the next three years.

Kathmandu plans to roll out Pronto-Xi across all of its stores during 2007 to overhaul its point of sale and back officer retail operations.

The retailer's current system was just not up to the challenge, according to a statement released today. "It lacked the functionality to help us further grow the business," said Bryan Moore, Group Information Systems Manager, in the statement.

"There were shortfalls in our CRM and promotion management, and combined with an overall lack of integration, it was time to consider an improved solution."

Pronto-Xi's retail capabilities, including real-time point of sale (POS) and inventory processing, were key features, said Moore.

He was also impressed with Pronto-Xi's Alert Intelligence tools, which he pointed out will enable Kathmandu to react quickly to business situations that need attention.

"For example, if there is a stock outage, we can be alerted to it straight away via an e-mail with a hyperlink to the stock details," he said.

The value of the deal was not disclosed by press time.

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