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// EXPERT PROFILE //

Behind the image lies a complex industrial dynamic for Lemahieu , which controls the entire production chain , from product design to manufacturing , quality control and shipping . “ All of the data and information generated by our various businesses at each stage of the manufacturing process must be immediately usable in order to accelerate our processes thanks to a global and real-time vision ,” Baert said . “ We aim not to increase production in terms of scale , but to diversify it in order to meet the specific expectations of customers seeking to stand out with original and personalised products .”
Lemahieu assessed more than 20 software solutions before choosing Infor Cloudsuite Fashion . Without an in-house CIO , the company worked closely with a consultant and its Production Manager , Alexandre Payoux , who was already familiar with Infor M3 ( the ERP backbone of Infor CloudSuite Fashion ). The company undertook the integration of Cloudsuite Fashion in close collaboration with Infor ’ s partner , Authentic Group .
“ The project was ambitious for a small business used to processes inherited from ageing solutions but strongly anchored in the company ’ s practices and culture ,” said Fabrice Caumette , Authentic Group ’ s Operations Manager . “ That said , the numerous references in the fashion and textile sector displayed by Infor – including Zadig & Voltaire , Orchestra , Chausport and Dresco – reassured Lemahieu of the product ’ s ability to embrace its requirements and to integrate its businesses within an agile , modern and scalable tool .”
For Infor , the project is also ambitious in that it must demonstrate the ability of an enterprise solution to meet the demanding requirements of a company whose relatively modest size conceals an organisation of business processes as numerous as they are complex .
“ Lemahieu is not just another player in one of the world ’ s most dynamic fashion sectors ,” said Philippe Maillet , Infor SMB and Channel Sales Director for France . “ The quality of its products , resulting from a dynamic organisation – from design to production to shipping – and its desire to respond quickly to specific orders from customers who are very attached to strong socio-environmental values are all elements that must be integrated into the IT project . Infor Cloudsuite Fashion is the ideal solution to meet these challenges , not only because of its functionalities dedicated to the textile industry , but also because of its cloud deployment mode .”
Loïc Baert , Co-Director of Lemahieu told Intelligent SME . tech more about the implementation .
Why did you choose Infor Cloudsuite Fashion ?
We went to a fashion expo and saw three different options . Infor was one of them and we liked what we saw . Lemahieu was also advised by an external consultant who pushed for Infor . Even if the Infor solution seemed a bit ‘ too big ’ for Lemahieu ( a SMB ), it was the one that could best accompany its growth and also integrate all complexities of production processes , as Lemahieu does not go for quantity but for diversity of product . We also work with loads of local providers and needed a solution that could manage the complexity of those relationships
How has it affected day-today processes ?
It is still not deployed , we had to push back full integration ( for production processes ) to March 2022 ( it started in March 2021 ). The stepby-step plan is to have no disruption and to extend the whole IT ( with a product life cycle management , some 3D design solutions and a special eye to detect defects in the goods ). At the moment , we are still teaching our teams to use the solution .

WE AIM NOT TO INCREASE PRODUCTION IN TERMS OF SCALE , BUT TO DIVERSIFY IT IN ORDER TO MEET THE SPECIFIC EXPECTATIONS OF CUSTOMERS SEEKING TO STAND OUT WITH ORIGINAL AND PERSONALISED PRODUCTS .
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