Flexnet is a platform-based software solution for global manufacturing operations management, and will help L’Occitane manage its strong growth by standardising production, weighing, dispensing and packaging operations across its business, and to improve operational throughput, as part of an overall manufacturing transformation initiative.
The software has been adopted after a period of considerable growth, enabling the company to re-evaluate select operational processes for increased efficiency.
The evaluation criteria primarily consisted of three points:
- proven, powerful solution for quality execution and implementation
- ease of use
- scalable solution aligned well with business
Thus, as well as the required re-evaluation, there is, according to the company, the prospect of new factories opening in the future, which led to Apriso’s selection.
“Our selection of Apriso was largely based on demonstrated experience within our industry. By treating manufacturing operations as an enterprise process where real-time visibility and control is effectively delivered to each of our operational functions and geographic locations, we expect to achieve greater operational efficiency and higher quality for a lower total cost,” explained Jean-Francois Gonidec of L’Occcitane.
Elaborating further, L’Occitane has insisted on the importance that its manufacturing processes run flawlessly and consistently, across the entire organisation, in order for high quality products and customer satisfaction.
Recent financial reports show L’Occitane has seen growth; net sales grew by 26.1 per cent in the year ended 31st March 2011, to €772.3 billion from €612.2 million a year ago, with China, Hong Kong and Russia among the best performing markets in net sales growth.
Operating profit increased 19.9 per cent to €132.1 million from €110.2 million. Profit for the year increased 21.5 per cent to €102.7 million from €84.6 million.