Infor gets to work on supply chain planning at Arco

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Infor has announced that Arco, a leading UK distributor of safety clothing and equipment, has selected Infors advanced supply chain management (SCM) solution to boost customer service levels even further, streamline global sourcing, improve forecasting and optimise inventory.  Infor SCM Demand Planning is expected to go live in August 2009 for 30 users.

Having reviewed a number of solutions in the market, Arco selected Infor SCM Demand Planning because it was aligned specifically to Arcos business requirements and had a proven track record in the industry.  Arco was particularly impressed with its forecasting accuracy, designed to support the variability of stock movement which is typical of Arcos industry. 

Our previous method of forecasting simply wasnt scalable to keep pace with the increasing demands of our customers and for the long term needs of the business, comments Lisa Johnson, senior group materials manager, Arco.  Having reviewed a number of leading solutions, Infor SCM Demand Planning stood out from the crowd with its depth of functionality and user-friendliness in particular.  We were impressed with the dashboard interface which has exception management capabilities to enable staff to view and solve issues, rather than spending valuable time looking for them.  We can also be more proactive in our forecasting and drive greater performance from our vendors, as we can provide earlier and more accurate forward visibility of orders.

As a top 10 global software company, Infors scale, commitment to R&D and continuous innovation was also attractive as we need to know that the solution will evolve with our business needs and that well continue to be supported for the long term.

We continually review and enrich our products to ensure that they are aligned to the needs of our customers across a number of industry sectors, commented Andrew Kinder, director of product marketing, Supply Chain, Infor.  We introduced new functionality to our supply chain solutions last year based on feedback, and it is testimony to our domain expertise that this functionality is already driving real business benefits for organisations like Arco.  Arco joins a growing number of customers adopting Infor SCM Demand Planning to facilitate accurate forecasting, lower inventory and gain greater control of their supply chains.



About Infor

Infor acquires and develops functionally rich software backed by thousands of domain experts and then makes it better through continuous innovation, faster implementation, global enablement, and flexible buying options. In a few short years, Infor has become one of the largest providers of business software in the world. For additional information, visit

About Arco

Arco is the UKs leading supplier of personal protective equipment, workwear and workplace safety products. As such it is widely recognised as a provider of expert advice, services and safety solutions for businesses in every market sector. Founded in 1884, the Hull-based, 4th generation family business now has over 110,000 customers and an annual turnover in excess of 220m. Through its team of product specialists, its product catalogue and a rapidly expanding 40-strong branch network, Arco offers a world-class range of quality assured, branded and own-brand products, carefully selected from ethically compliant suppliers. Products include personal protective equipment, clothing including front and back-of-house career wear, footwear, gloves, workplace safety and hygiene products. Arco is dedicated to its Corporate Social Responsibility policy and continually demonstrates its support of local business communities and charitable organisations. In 2005, Arco became a member of the BITC Percent Club by donating 1% of pre-tax profits to charities. In 2007, Arco became a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI).


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