Case Study

UST helped global fashion brand automate inventory and allocation management with SAP apparel solution

After automating manual inventory management and product allocation processes, this storied clothing manufacturer improved cash flow, increased retailer customer satisfaction, expanded market penetration, and added flexible processes to address changing market conditions on the fly.


Founded more than 150 years ago as a dry goods business, this company has evolved to become one of the most iconic apparel brands in the world. With multiple clothing categories and approximately 450 stores around the globe, the company generates well over $5 billion annually.


Streamlining cumbersome, manual demand planning processes

Our client was struggling with its inventory management and product allocation processes. The company relied on time-consuming, error-prone, complex spreadsheets and fragmented, transaction-based demand planning processes. It failed to meet retailer product demands since the methodologies weren't strategy-driven or rooted in analytics, business goals, and predictable seasonal fluctuations.

Business leaders wanted to streamline and automate their inventory management and product allocation processes to improve demand planning across sales channels, reduce supply chain costs and lead times, and increase satisfaction among their retail customers.


Implementing a cohesive SAP apparel and fashion management solution

As the manufacturer’s long-standing SAP implementation and innovation partner, UST implemented SAP’s end-to-end omnichannel merchandise planning and inventory management solution, which included SAP Apparel and Footwear (SAP AFS), SAP S/4HANA Fashion Management, and SAP Analytics Cloud, as well as SAP BW/4HANA, SAP Process Integration (SAP PI) and Plural Technology’s FlexPLM enterprise integrations. The apparel industry solution enabled the company to:


Building customer trust with reliable, data-driven inventory management processes

With the SAP inventory and demand planning solution in place, the company can: