At Oracle OpenWorld in Beijing last month, Oracle announced Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Apparel Management, a new module within Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.0 portfolio, aimed at optimizing the management of products that consist of a variety of different attributes including styles, colors and sizes.
To meet increasingly volatile and specific consumer expectations, manufacturers and distributors need to be able to streamline the management of complex multi-attribute items, Lyle Ekdahl, Oracle group vice president of JD Edwards, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "We definitely wanted to carve out a niche for apparel because of the growth of apparel manufacturing and distribution in emerging markets, but when you take a look at the overall global economy, we think that there are a lot of good uses for the product," says Ekdahl, pointing out that the capabilities of the module can be applied to any industry that deals with multi-attribute items.
Built on the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne technology platform, the new module can also be used in other diverse industries such as food and beverage, carpeting, consumer electronics, life sciences, or pulp and paper.
By accommodating the management of multi-attribute items, dynamic order priority allocations and seasonal collection lifecycles, the new module supports the development of multi-attribute products from components to finished goods.
As an example of the need for the module among Oracle's customers, Ekdahl cites Spyder sportswear, which turns over approximately 2,000 new SKUs every year, and may be tracking something on the order of more than 100,000 SKUs at any point in time, spanning multiple years.
To further strengthen the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne applications suite, Oracle said it has also enhanced JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools by introducing new end user productivity features, system administration tools, reporting capabilities and additional platform certifications. The new JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools 8.98.4 is compatible with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 8.11, 8.12 and 9.0.
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