Record breaking SAP deployment across 20 retail sites

Project completed in nine weeks

Fujitsu Australia has completed deployment of an integrated SAP-based ERP solution across 20 new GSM Retail sites in just nine weeks.

The first retail site went live only four weeks into the project, which is a record delivery timeframe for an SAP project in Australia and New Zealand.

The final integrated solution encompasses all the core business functionality for the entire organisation, including modules for operations, sales, inventory and procurement, along with complete financials.

A national reseller of Vodafone mobile solutions, GSM Retail went to market in July 2007 with an urgent requirement to support 20 new concept stores with an ERP solution before Christmas.

The company chose Fujitsu and its SAP proposal in a competitive tender against Oracle, Microsoft and Netsuite.

The new concept stores are all Vodafone branded retail outlets located nationally within Myer department stores.

In addition to the first 20 concept stores opened this year, GSM will continue its aggressive roll out with 30 more stores early next year and thereafter keep pace with Myer's expansion to 75 stores.

After signing the contract in July, Fujitsu and GSM put the first site into production in August and finalised the entire roll-out by the end of September.

GSM Retail's group financial controller, Alexis Phitidis, said to meet its rapid growth plans the company needed an ERP system capable of supporting its expansion in the lead-up to Christmas.

"We also need a solution capable of providing the functionality, flexibility and scalability to handle increasingly diverse business and product streams over time," he said.

"We were impressed by Fujitsu's ability to meet our aggressive timeframes with a best practice solution.

"Working with Fujitsu gives us a single point of accountability for the software, hardware and services relating to our ERP system."

Phitidis said a staged approach was taken with the project to mitigate material risk.

"Due to successful implementation and proven stability of the system with the new stores, we brought forward the planned conversion of our existing stores," he said.

Fujitsu proposed an SAP baseline solution using SAP Best Practice(TM) building blocks with pre-configured processes installed. This allowed the Fujitsu consultants to leverage existing best-in-class processes and templates to expedite the implementation rather than starting from scratch.

As a result of its successful delivery of the initial implementation, Joe Landsman, CEO of the GSM Retail Group, has commissioned Fujitsu to further expand its solution footprint in New Zealand, Fiji and Japan.

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