Marlies Dekkers has become known around the world as an innovator and design powerhouse of men’s and women’s underwear and intimate apparel. The company currently has 750 outlets, 11 Marlies | Dekkers brand stores and 170 employees. With celebrity clientele ranging from Britney Spears to Janet Jackson, tremendous growth necessitated software solutions that could keep up with the designer’s reputation.
Marlies | Dekkers needed a solution that was user friendly and accessible by a variety of parties. It would have to facilitate the planning and production of new designs, from initial concept development to a final bill of materials. This process involves many steps and many stakeholders.
The challenges involved in the project were varied but mainly centered on the required integration with prior internal systems. Until now, the product planning process for the company had been facilitated by Microsoft Excel. Due to the involvement of different parties, it was a complex and fuzzy process ranging from initial concept design to the final purchasing of materials.
It was previously impossible to get real time information as well as an overview of the whole process from design to delivery.
The goals set forth for the Mendix project team involved three parts:
Modules were created in the order noted above. The team started after a track and trace module was built on the Mendix App Platform. The track and trace module used data from Axapta, an external application. Three functional modules – PDM, Purchasing, and Production Planning – were delivered separately. After the PDM module was completed, the data migration process began. Finally, the data imported from Axapta to the track and trace module was replaced with data from the PDM module.
Currently, a Phase 2 is defined to expand the current functionality of the internal solution. This project contributed to the following Marlies | Dekkers targets:
The Mendix platform was technically superior to the alternative packaged software, more flexible and easier to adjust to the changing needs of a rapidly growing retail brand. The logistical manager of Marlies | Dekkers made the final decision to go with Mendix, a decision that has since made growth for the renowned fashion brand manageable. The team at Mendix looks forward to facilitating growth for yet another organization striving to achieve business agility.