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paris of Havaianas sandals produced every day.
A vibrant fashion company in Brazil, Alpargatas has been a leader in unique footwear, clothing and accessories for more than 100 years.
Over the years Alpargatas has maintained amazing growth in sales and revenue by infusing their brands with the most advanced technology and design available. They are committed to always being environmentally and socially responsible as demonstrated through the Instituto Alpargatas, aimed to improve education in Brazil. Alpargatas also strives to make their business operations more efficient and sustainable, resulting in gains for the environment and for people.
São Paulo, Brazil
For Alpargatas USA Inc. - Argentis Consulting LLC and Third Wave Business Systems LLC
Manufacturing, Supply Chain
Consumer Products, Retail
SAP Apparel and Footwear, SAP Business One
Alpargatas’ business model is aimed at creating and managing footwear and apparel brands worldwide. Their products are sold through retail brand stores around the world, online, through franchises and independent retailers. There has been a focus on expanding Havianas’ franchises and export markets which now reach more than 80 countries.
Across the infrastructure of Alpargatas, IT systems and production processes were disconnected, not allowing enough control over variations in product data, product lifecycles and supply chain processes. The subsidiary Alpargatas USA, faced many of the same challenges, most specifically needing automation to manage complex product data and to create efficient operations.
With comprehensive ERP solutions for the Retail Industry, SAP was the company needed to redesign and improve the production, export and sales processes at Alpargatas. The successful implementation of the SAP ERP Apparel and Footwear System focused on the integration and standardization of connections existing in the company’s systems.
Alpargatas USA also had a positive SAP implementation experience through partners Third Wave Business Systems and Argentis Consulting. SAP Business One was chosen because the specialized solution for the footwear and apparel provided the functionality they needed.
The Alpargatas USA operations were similar to a start-up company. Because of the positive experience with SAP in South American Alpargatas locations, the USA selected a solution from within the SAP ecosystem. SAP Business One worked well, giving AlpargatasUSA the flexibility to set up processes to suit the precise needs of an evolving business.
The SAP Apparel and Footwear System (AFS) helped simplify the process management lifecycle, allowing for more control and alignment in operational processes from purchase orders to merchandise delivery.
SAP was selected because of the operational program offered with SAP ERP, and the specific Industry Solution, Apparel and Footwear System (AFS).
In Alpargatas USA, operations have become faster and more efficient. With the specialist product data management solution in place, employees at Alpargatas USA can quickly and easily set up products with multiple attributes in the software. That was a process that used to require time-consuming manual input.
Clarity of processes involving the entire business cycle is something necessary for large companies. With the adoption of ERP and the Apparel and Footwear Solution from SAP, visibility is critical to determine wise decisions and actions. Alpargatas has a much more comprehensive view of its business context, especially with regard to the control of its operations, supply chain and production.
- José Roberto Lettiere, CFO, Alpargatas
With up to 3,000 fashionable product variations at a time, the USA subsidiary must manage operations carefully.
- Vito Dileo, Senior IT Manager, Alpargatas US
- José Roberto Lettiere, CFO, Alpargatas
- Vito Dileo, Senior IT Manager, Alpargatas USA
As Alpargatas continues to achieve incredible growth year over year, it is also looking to keep improving its innovative business through expanding its SAP footprint and adding more SAP solutions such as Supply Chain Management, Extended Warehouse Data Management Systems and Customer Relationship Management.