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Fibre-Craft Selects Lilly Software for Best in Class Distribution Functionality



02 October 2002, Hampton, NH (USA) — Wanting a solution to better manage its inventory and to react cost-effectively to changing customer demand, Fibre-Craft Materials Corp.® recently purchased Lilly Software’s comprehensive Warehouse Management System (WMS), VISUAL DCMS™.

Located in Niles, Illinois, Fibre-Craft is a leader in creative activities, marketing its craft supplies, dolls, floral and decorative accessories to mass market retail outlets around the world. The company is proud of its quality products and responsive, reliable customer service.

With worldwide sales, Fibre-Craft handles high business volumes and must turnaround orders rapidly. Striving for continuous improvement, the company re-invests in its operations and has made many strategic decisions over recent years, but it has left processes in the warehouse untouched. After designing a five year growth plan, Fibre-Craft realized its existing warehouse system was becoming harder to maintain as the company expanded. It needed a WMS.

“We decided that our warehouse operations needed a software solution that would enable us to manage growth, control costs, and automate tasks, while also meeting the ever-increasing demands of the marketplace,” explains Bob Reszke, Director of Operations at Fibre-Craft. “We are importers in the craft industry and our customers are typically mass merchants. As we grow, we want to be able to handle customer compliance requirements in our distribution center. We were looking for a system with built-in flexibility so we can accommodate the needs of new accounts.”

Fibre-Craft examined a variety of WMS providers before deciding on VISUAL DCMS for its price and functionality. VISUAL DCMS is part of Lilly Software’s VISUAL Enterprise™ product line. The application helps companies optimize their inventory flows, plan labor, and manage resources in the warehouse. It offers execution-based management tools and uses Radio Frequency barcode scanners for real-time data collection. It also incorporates relational database technology, which allows companies to manage inventory throughout the entire distribution cycle.

“Right now, we spend a lot of time controlling our inventory and checking activity on the floor,” says Reszke. “With features such as the DC Window™, I will be able to easily view order progress and understand what is going on in the warehouse at a glance. We’re looking forward to having tools that allow us to expertly track inventory and see the big picture.”

With the new system, Fibre-Craft looks forward to improving order accuracy and better managing orders. Fibre-Craft will begin implementation of VISUAL DCMS on October 1st, 2002.

About Lilly Software Associates

Lilly Software Associates, Inc. provides a complete line of enterprise and supply chain solutions for manufacturers and distributors. The VISUAL Enterprise™ suite of products helps companies capture and analyze real-time data about all their business processes using ERP, Project Management, Business Performance Management, Quality Management, Customer Relationship Management, and Warehouse Management System capabilities. From award-winning software to strategies in Lean Manufacturing and TOC, Lilly Software offers companies the tools they need for higher productivity and profitability.

Most VISUAL® applications run on Windows® 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, UNIX®, LINUX, Novell®, using SQLBase®, Microsoft SQL Server®, or ORACLE® relational databases.

Lilly Software has received many industry awards for its products, service, and financial growth since its inception. Most recently, the company has been voted one of the Top 10 Best of Breed solutions for manufacturing by readers of Consumer Goods Technology, listed in Software Magazine's Top 500, selected as a Top 100 Logistics Information Technology Provider in Inbound Logistics, listed in the Top 100 Application Vendors in Supply Chain e-Business, included in MSI's Top 100 for its eighth year, and ranked as one of Start magazine's Hottest Companies.

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