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Phillies Packaging —
Makers of Jewellery Boxes & Packaging for Retailers

Contact: Mike Schmidt, Manager Information Systems
Applications: Purchasing
Manufacturing with Piecework
Inventory Control
Sales Order Processing
Sales Analysis
A/R, A/P, G/L
Payroll (future)
Requirement: In business since 1857 and a leading supplier of jewellery boxes and packaging to the jewellery retailers and to the retail industry in general, Phillies was in need of an enterprise wide system to manage its operations and help plan for the future. Particular concerns included piecework payroll, volume group discounts, special pricing for multiple promotions and an ability to respond to trends quickly and to help cope with seasonal peaks and valleys. In addition, there was a requirement that the system had to provide fast response to 30+ users on the machine they had already purchased (a 486).
Solution: The Cherniak Software packaged PowerDRIVE system provided the vast majority of the solution. In fact, the comprehensive functionality offered by PowerTRADE was the main reason why PowerTRADE was chosen: in the words of the Information Systems Manager Mike Schmidt,

"We've looked at over 80 Distribution systems, and we've never seen one with anything close to the richness of functionality and generality and power your system has."

With some extensions and enhancements to the PowerDRIVE suite, Cherniak Software responded to all Phillies' requirements. The intricate pricing and commission structures were fully addressed as were the complications of the piecework payroll requirements.

The move to the new system was streamlined with the help of an automatic data conversion.
Result: The system was implemented in accelerated mode to meet an extremely tight schedule in time for Phillies' short (6 week) peak season: because of a delay of over two months in the selection of software vendor, there were only six weeks between selection and `live' date \- and yet the system was ready for use as planned.

The system has functioned as expected, providing good response despite the heavy user count and handling all the requirements identified by Phillies.
Last Updated: March 24, 2017