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Homax Group is a leading supplier of home improvement solutions for contractors and do-it-yourselfers. The company wanted to establish a centralized Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system to unify diverse business groups, including many formed by acquisitions, and to sustain company growth. It also wanted to accommodate diverse pricing options for consumer and business to business sales, including discounting options. Homax wanted to provide the agility a home improvement products company needs to adapt to dynamics, including housing market fluctuation, and cost changes, such as commodity price spikes. This reshuffling of IT infrastructure included replacing numerous disparate legacy systems with Oracle's JD Edwards Enterprise One 8.10 applications and JD Edwards Enterprise One Tools 8.96, establishing one central, scalable ERP system to improve efficiency and support growth, with decreased revenue recognition cycles, as evidenced by a 10 to 12 point reduction in day's sales outstanding. This helped to streamline management of unique discounting for Homax's big box retailer partners - such as Wal-Mart, Lowes, and Home Depot - avoiding manual processing. It also helped standardize the best practices and centralized administrative offices, which improved staff optimization and positioned the company well for future acquisitions and growth. With Oracle's JD Edwards Enterprise One applications, they have been able to standardize processes and bring several previously disparate businesses under the umbrella of one central ERP system.
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