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Abercrombie & Fitch strengthens supply chain strategy


Abercrombie & Fitch has extended its contract with GT Nexus to expand its cloud supply chain strategy and improve visibility into the movement of orders, payments and goods.

Since 2010, the company has used the GT Nexus platform to support international sourcing and supplier collaboration.

Abercrombie & Fitch operates 1,053 apparel stores in 20 countries across four unique lifestyle brands: Abercrombie & Fitch, Abercrombie Kids, Hollister Co. and Gilly Hicks. The retailer operates distinct e-commerce sites for each of the four brands.

"GT Nexus simplifies the way we manage global commerce and allows us to work in a transparent, efficient environment," said Larry Grischow, group VP of supply chain for Abercrombie & Fitch. "We are able to transact more efficiently with suppliers around the world in ways that simply weren't possible previously. We have fewer people answering calls from factories and handling paper invoices, and more staff focused on strategic initiatives to support our growth."

In fiscal 2013, Abercrombie & Fitch expects to open a flagship retail location in Seoul, as well as approximately 20 international Hollister stores.

"Abercrombie & Fitch is a brand that has just taken off globally in recent years," said Sean Feeney, CEO of GT Nexus. "As they expand into new markets, open new stores and process greater volumes of orders, they have the advantage of a cloud-based supply chain platform that's scalable and flexible. This allows Abercrombie & Fitch to handle more business without adding resources or offices around the world to keep up with its growth."

Abercrombie & Fitch automated its procure-to-pay process in the cloud using GT Nexus to create a transparent workflow environment for purchase orders, invoices, amendments and settlements. The platform has allowed the retailer to grow its number of stores overseas without adding new staff or resources to its supplier-facing team.

GT Nexus operates a cloud-based business network and execution platform for global trade and supply chain management. More than 25,000 businesses across industry verticals, including Adidas Group, Caterpillar, Citi, Columbia Sportswear, DHL, Electrolux, Levi Strauss & Co., Kohl's, Nestlé, Pfizer, Renault and Sears share GT Nexus as their standard, multi-enterprise collaboration platform.

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