Prima Solutions supports clothing and footwear industry shift towards local design and global manufacture with
Progress® OpenEdge™ eBusiness technology.
Prima Solutions, an established Progress independent software vendor (ISV) specialising in the clothing and
footwear sector, has invested heavily in the development of PrimaNet®, its supply chain and order fulfilment
Using the Progress OpenEdge™ eBusiness platform for building applications and Progress WebClient deployment
technology, PrimaNet enables clothing and footwear businesses - contract and branded - to exchange
content-rich product and order information, such as garment specifications, contract and delivery details,
stock movement and product and component availability, with their global manufacturing partners via the
internet. It also delivers the familiar graphical user interface functionality of a Windows desktop on a Local
Area Network (LAN) or over an intranet, extranet or the internet.
Prima Solutions started developing the new generation of PrimaNet applications in response to a business shift
in the clothing and footwear industry.
“Branded and contract suppliers need a supply chain system that delivers the rich functionality required to
share product and order information across the world,” explains John Norman, joint managing director at Prima
Solutions. “Many of our UK customers have moved away from manufacturing and are focusing on the design and
product development processes, sourcing the components and finished goods from more cost effective operations
abroad. Effective communication with company colleagues, retailers, suppliers and agents is the key ingredient
PrimaNet brings the administration and control of the entire order fulfilment process into one central point.
It is a fully integrated, comprehensive solution that gives a solid foundation for managing orders and stock
consistently and efficiently, whilst minimising costs.
“We have established our position within the clothing and footwear industry by listening to our customers and
working in partnership with them to deliver high quality, comprehensive, responsive solutions proven to work
in a wide range of differing business operations. In developing PrimaNet it was vital that we maintained this
position – and the reaction from our customers suggests we have.”
John concludes: “We have a number of old customers now using this new generation solution and the feedback has
been fantastic. We have been winning new customers at the rate of more than one per month since launching this
product in February 2001, and we expect to announce more new deals very soon. With this release of PrimaNet
our customers have taken control of their global supply chain without getting up from their desks!”
As one customer puts it “I am pleased to say that the system and the service from Prima Solutions, just like
their references has been excellent. I cannot put into financial terms how much we have benefited. We are far
more efficient and the system has had a significant influence in the way we do things.”
About Prima Solutions
Prima Solutions was founded in 1991 and is established as the UK’s leading supplier of specialist business
solutions to the clothing and footwear industry. The company has a turnover of approximately £4m and over 50
customers using the PrimaNet® supply chain solution. PrimaNet has been developed to provide fast and effective
supply chain communication for importers, exporters, manufacturers, distributors and retailers, and bring a
range of benefits including reduced stockholding, decreased lead times and costs, improved cash flow and
customer service. Modules cover Product Development, Manufacturing, Order Management, EPoS, CRM, e-Commerce,
Web Site Design and Development, Financials and Business Intelligence. Customers include leading retailers and
manufacturers such as Debenhams, Chester Barrie, Church’s Shoes, de Baer Corporate Clothing, Faithful Group,
Jaeger, Jockey, John Smedley, Lambert Howarth, Loake Shoes, Panache Lingerie, Peter Werth and Start-rite.
About Progress Software
Progress Software is a global supplier of software technology and services for developing, deploying,
integrating and managing e-business solutions. The company provides a comprehensive suite of products that
includes application development tools, application servers, the leading SonicMQ/XQ range for intelligent
e-business messaging and standards-based integration, and the industry's most widely used,
lowest-cost-of-ownership embedded database.
Progress Software’s partners include more than 2000 independent software vendors (ISVs) and application
service providers (ASPs) who supply annually over $5 billion in Progress®-based applications and related
services. Over 50,000 organisations across more than 120 countries - including 70% of the Fortune 100 - rely
on Progress-based applications. The Progress Company, and Sonic Software are operating companies of Progress
Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS). Sonic Software designs and develops the Sonic range of products in the
USA. In Europe, they are distributed by Progress Software. Progress Software Corporation is headquartered in
Bedford, Mass., and can be reached in the UK at 01753 216300 or on the web at www.progress.com
Progress is a registered trademark of Progress Software Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. OpenEdge
is a trademark of Progress Software Corporation in the U.S. Any other trademarks and/or service marks
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