Retail supply chain insight, automation
and integration

  Hokura in the News

Learn how Hokura helped the Mervyns department store chain after its break from Target, when the retailer replaced all its operating systems in 18 months. The Apparel Magazine April 2008 cover story, “Mervyns Tackles Opportunity,” reveals how Mervyns’ product design and development team successfully implemented a full suite of integrated, web-based systems that promote vendor collaboration. Read story

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Hokura Client Success Stories

Product Data Catalog Integration Enables Nearly Instantaneous Item Setup and Approval

Domestic vendors use the 832 catalog service to publish product data in a central location. This allows them to avoid going through the item setup process for every retailer. To make the item setup process more flexible and buyer-driven, a major retail department store chain decided to utilize the 832 catalog service from Inovis.

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Synchronizing Product Specifications between Agent and Retailer Saves Time, Eliminates Errors

An agent who handles overseas trading partners for a major retail chain accessed the retailer’s product specifications published in Gerber Technology’s web-based WebPDM application. Those specifications were then printed out and entered into the agent’s own system. Vendors downloaded the specifications from an FTP site.

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Item Set-up System Cuts Processing Time by 87% for Domestic and Imported Goods

A major retail department store chain needed an automated system to manage FOB and direct imports. An import database had been built as a stop-gap measure to house import classification information, but a more robust system was needed. The system had to be implemented before a critical deadline, when database services provided by an outside source would be terminated.

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WebPDM Provides Collaborative Solution for Product Design and Development

When a national retail chain spun off from its parent company, the IT department had 18 months to wean the retailer off the parent-company systems and implement its own independent applications. One major application was product design and development.

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