Infor today announced a £300,000 license and services agreement with R&M Electrical Group Limited, a UK distributor of electrical equipment to the commercial, industrial and oil and gas sectors. R&M Electrical will now deploy Infor Distribution Essentials to provide over 120 users with a single and real-time view on its inventory, worth more than £4.5 million across 13 locations worldwide. It will enable the company to automatically calculate rebate agreements with manufacturers and help set up purchasing terms for it’s expanding customer base . Staff will be able to track orders and reduce cash collection times, improving margins and productivity.
R&M have specialist divisions that supply certified products to the oil, gas and petrochemical sectors. Customers require documentation related to these products to satisfy their traceability, safety and compliance requirements. Distribution Essentials will provide global access to all certification in an electronic format so that documentation can be easily found, collated, presented and eventually stored.
The growth of R&M Electrical Group pushed the limitations of its current operating system. The company has recently expanded it’s UK branch network with the launch of new companies in Oxford and Pembroke and overseas in Dubai and Kazakhstan. R&M Electrical looked at several systems but were impressed with the flexibility of Infor’s solution because it could evolve with R&M and enable new sites to be set-up quickly. Infor Distribution Essentials will be integrated with R&M’s product and pricing catalogue, from TSI Luckins.
R&M Electrical will work together with Infor on the implementation, using Infor’s industry proven methodology. R&M’s cable distribution company based in Bristol, UK, will be the first site to go live on Distribution Essentials, scheduled to occur in late 2007. Following testing, the solution will then be deployed at all of its 13 sites in the UK and overseas.
R&M Electrical selected the solution from Infor because it was impressed with the business-specific functionality built in for electrical distributors and Infor’s commitment to future product development. To ensure the solution meets the constant demands of the electrical industry Infor works with user groups around the world. Commenting on this recent development William Crook, finance director for R&M Electrical Group stated “Infor came highly recommended from other members of ANEW, the largest electrical buying group in the UK. We were impressed with their expertise and the time that they have been prepared to spend in an effort to understand our specific needs and requirements. One of the key challenges for our business is to grow into new markets and have complete visibility of all of our stock. We chose Infor because the team demonstrated that the system could support our operations and any future growth. By using the Infor solution, stock levels and orders will be visible to our company branches throughout the world and help us to increase our customer service levels.”
Ian Kirkwood, sales director for Infor Distribution UK, said: “Infor clearly demonstrated it’s industry expertise within their chosen marketplace. No other systems provider could match the speed with which we could get R&M Electrical up and running on a fully integrated system. By providing R&M Electrical with complete visibility of its stock, Distribution Essentials will ensure that customer orders are fulfilled more efficiently. At the same time, the system will free up vital resources for the company and enable it to extend its business further still.”
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