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Create, Play, and Care—
the Heart of a Booming Shoe Company

7,500 pairs of shoes

donated to aid cleanup of hurricane Sandy

 

Encouraging everyone to “create, play, and care”, KEEN’s mission is to create innovative, sustainable products that inspire everyone to have fun and play outdoors, while being equally passionate about making a difference in the world. Keeping up with their aspirations for progress and philanthropy during tremendous growth meant they needed help to grow-up as a company.

 

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SAP Helps KEEN with the things that really matter most…

Company

KEEN Footwear

Headquarters

Portland, Oregon, USA

Customer Website

www.keenfootwear.com

Number of Employees

~130

Implementation Partners

Gravity Pro Consulting LLC

Line of Business

Sales, Finance, Supply Chain

Industry

Consumer Products

Featured Products

SAP BusinessObjects BI, Edge edition, SAP Business All-in-One

History

A different kind of company from the beginning

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One of the main pillars of who we are…

 

  • 2003 KEEN was founded by Martin Keen and Rory Fuerst.
  • 2004KEEN donated their entire annual advertising budget (about US$1 million) to the relief efforts following the tsunami that struck southeast Asia, starting what became the HybridCare program.
  • 2006Moved headquarters from Alameda, California to Portland, Oregon.
  • 2010Opened a plant in Portland to begin manufacturing some of their products in the United States.
  • 2012KEEN HybridCare organized relief efforts after Hurricane Sandy in New York: coordinating 2,300 volunteers and donating 7,500 pairs of shoes, 2,500 pairs of socks, and US$15,000 to the American Red Cross.

Business Model

The original hybrid footwear company

KEEN’s philosophy is reflected in over 300 styles of footwear and accessories, from bags made out of recycled rice paper and airbags, to seamless left and right socks that feel custom fitted. KEEN products are currently sold in more than 5,000 stores in over 60 countries.

 

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A special company that knows about fun…and growth

KEEN began by asking a simple design question:
Can a sandal protect the toes? The answer was yes.
The answer was the Newport – the first hybrid sandal.

 

The Challenge

Keeping the positive growth curve

As a small company that was growing tremendously, KEEN needed a solution that would help them meet increasing demands. KEEN’s legacy enterprise software could not keep up, especially given KEEN’s desire to seamlessly collaborate with their supply and retail partners to ensure that products were reaching their many fans around the world.

Enter SAP

Following respected competitors

When KEEN decided they needed a new ERP system, they looked to the major name-brand companies in the footwear industry, and wanted to implement the same type of solution and benefit from their established best practices. SAP offered the perfect solution.

The SAP Experience

Amazed and impressed

When KEEN decided they needed a new ERP system, they looked to the major name-brand companies in the footwear industry, and wanted to implement the same type of solution and benefit from their established best practices. SAP offered the perfect solution.

 

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Everyone’s embraced the customized system…

KEEN worked with their implementation partner, Gravity Pro Consulting, to figure out what steps needed to be taken and how to best prepare for this new experience. KEEN’s thorough training of business users was critical factor for a successful implementation. Gravity Pro provided technical and business process expertise to KEEN and both companies worked in partnership to ensure that the right resources, schedules, and decisions were in place.

Running Better

Being proactive on a real-time basis

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SAP makes it possible

SAP Business All-in-One has given KEEN visibility across the organization and encourages collaboration at all levels of their global operations. KEEN is also able to streamline operations with their business partners.

Benefits

Faster, global friendly results

For the first time, KEEN can directly ship their products from their production facilities to retailers around the world. KEEN also relies on the SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence suite to provide teams across the company with comprehensive analysis and reporting; reports can now be run in minutes, not hours, and the information is always current and reliable.

Today

Ongoing benefits of scalability

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Better customer satisfaction and better business…

KEEN is using the data from the SAP solutions to better predict demand and ensure the right products are in the right place at the right time; this lowers costs and increases customer satisfaction. KEEN can now plan production requirements with greater precision and with more lead time for product runs.

Journey Ahead

Growing together

KEEN plans to start using the SAP Advanced Planning & Optimization component to further improve demand planning and execution. The company also wants to use the SAP Business Planning and Consolidation application to enhance company-wide performance and decision making.

 

The scalability of SAP Business All-in-One will make it simple to integrate these new solutions and it will continue to grow with the company.

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