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Bon-Ton upgrades its collaborative supply chain solution


Bon-Ton is looking to upgrade its supply chain solution and is turning to technology provider ecVision to help the company improve the existing platform it uses.

Seven years ago, Bon-Ton implemented ecVision's solutions for vendor management, PO integration and production and shipment tracking for its international orders. The company is ready for an upgrade, however, so it can efficiently deal with the more than 100,000 SKUs which are sourced and delivered to stores around the country.

"The first step was to bring Bon-Ton's older ecVision implementation up to today's cutting-edge features. This includes our cloud-based, hosted platform along with the framework functionality for robust collaboration, reporting and tracking tools," said Cheryl Layne, VP of customer success for ecVision. "Then the commercial invoice process was modified to allow suppliers to provide data for "first sale" declarations that lower the customs value when importing into the U.S."

"The upgrade has also enabled us to streamline our business processes and eliminate redundant data-entry points," said Joe Brauer, Bon-Ton's VP of application systems. "The new system significantly reduces the amount of time required to create and maintain international purchase orders, allowing our merchants and private brand teams to spend less time on administrative work and more time driving the business."

With the upgrade and enhancements, the workload for Bon-Ton's suppliers is lightened, processes are streamlined and Bon-Ton's internal teams will be able to ensure compliance with government regulations.

ecVision offers a cloud-based supply chain collaboration platform that optimizes product lifecycle and supply chain processes. The enterprise platform, ecVision Suite, reflects the standardized business processes from design to delivery, creating a single collaborative solution for private label brands, retailers and their trading partners.

The regional department store operates 273 stores in 25 states in the Northeast, Midwest and Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Bergner's, Herberger's, Elder-Beerman, Carson's and Younkers banners.

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