SP Apparel has been making sports jerseys since 1999 and has developed a great expertise in the conception of creative designs, pattern making, sublimation printing as well as producing innovative personalized custom team apparel.
Well-known in the hockey industry, SP Apparel also provides a wide variety of quality athletic uniforms for soccer, football, baseball, dek hockey, lacrosse and basketball under the brand name of SSP.
Over the years, SP Apparel has established a proud reputation for the quality of its products produced in Canada using state of the art manufacturing equipment and the latest technology. This reputation results from the constant efforts and dedication displayed by our team.
“Our ERP system is an essential part of our business and while we were not experiencing any problems there were many changes to our business processes and we felt updating our ERP system to a more technologically modern, functionally rich solution would help our growing business,” said Steve Berard, Executive Vice President and co-owner.
Berard decided to approach this very strategically, realizing this could be an opportunity to not only upgrade the system, but to make changes to improve efficiency and reduce overall costs.
He identified the following 3 steps to manage this important move:
1) Created an RFP and evaluated 5 vendors on their ERP solution.
2) Short-listed Infor & Microsoft.
3) Evaluated total cost of ownership for this new ERP system.
Taking the next step, Berard called Infor and they referred him to Shiv Kaushik, CEO at ICCG. ICCG is an Infor Gold and Global Alliance Partner focused on supporting Infor M3 with deep experience in the Fashion & Apparel industry.
Ultimately, Berard chose Infor M3 as the ERP solution and ICCG as his implementation partner. Implementations of this type can typically take up to 2 years but SP Apparel did not have that amount of time. It had to be live by June 2017 or risk more cost, more time, and ultimately would consume resources dedicated to other projects. ICCG and the fully focused SP Apparel team pulled it off in just under 7 months.
“ICCG has a deep knowledge of Infor M3 and in fact has more than 20 years’ experience implementing different versions of M3 over this time period,” said Kaushik. “This made us the absolute right choice as implementation partner for this SP Apparel. They had a defined budget and timeline and working closely with Infor, ICCG managed to meet the budget and schedule expectations. ICCG also made a commitment to help SP Apparel go live before their peak season hit in June 2017 and we kept our promise, by going live on May 29, 2017.”
“This was one of the best experiences I’ve had in so many IT projects that I led in my career,” said Berard. “Besides offering me turn-key solutions, ICCG was honest and transparent in communication. ICCG certainly understands the application, provided great support, and most importantly, stuck to their word and delivered on-budget, on-time.”