Sunrise Technologies’ Sunrise 365® Supply Chain for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Is TEC Certified for ERP for Fashion Industries

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Sunrise Fills Critical D365 Product Gaps

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TEC is pleased to announce that the Sunrise 365® Supply Chain solution for Microsoft Dynamics 365 (D365) is now TEC certified in ERP for fashion industries. Sunrise became a MSFT partner in 2003. Sunrise 365® Supply Chain solution was first released in 2006. The Sunrise 365® Supply Chain solution adds a number of critical capabilities to D365 that are particularly important to manufacturers and distributors of fashion, apparel, and footwear products. Sunrise recently added the Sunrise 365® Retail Replenishment application, which builds on the Sunrise 365® Supply Chain solution for managing and generating the retail replenishment configurations and plans for retail stores.

Sunrise Fills Critical D365 Product Gaps

The Sunrise 365® Supply Chain and Sunrise 365® Retail Replenishment solutions have been developed by Sunrise Technologies to support the unique needs of fashion, apparel, and footwear industries. The first set of extensions to D365 are in the underlying data structures of the D365 enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Sunrise 365® Supply chain adds scale management (dual sizing and NRF code mapping), season management, and other attributes to the product master including brand, category, and class.

The Sunrise 365® Supply Chain application adds functionality across the product, sales, procurement, production, distribution, and supply chain areas of D365. In the sales and procurement areas, size and color matrix management is added to the sales order and purchase order to let one enter multiple sizes and colors on a product in a matrix fashion against the single base product. For example, a pair of shoes will most often be manufactured and sold in a range of colors and styles. Many ERP systems do not handle this matrix concept and companies end up with no choice but to create a different base product master entry for each size and color of the matrix. Having a different base product for each then has ripple effects across all areas of the ERP system. With the Sunrise 365® Supply Chain solution, it is very easy to create a sales order or manage purchase orders for all the different sizes and colors of this single shoe.

Sunrise has also built out an integration framework to support the integrations between D365 and other systems that are commonly used by the organizations in Sunrise’s target industries. These frameworks have been built for integration to product lifecycle management (PLM), point-of-sale (POS), and third-party logistics (3PL) systems. There is a complimentary set of monitoring and reporting tools to make it easy for information technology (IT) groups to manage these integrations.

Other significant capabilities include the ability to properly manage the supply and demand for products across channels. To better manage supply channels, Sunrise has introduced what they call “soft allocation.” The soft allocation allows for the management of demand by channel. For example, a manufacturer may want to prioritize e-commerce over wholesale orders because they have higher margins. The soft allocation will ensure that the e-commerce channel is filled before the wholesale channel. D365 customers who don’t have Sunrise would have to do a number of steps to simply analyze the situation and understand what’s going on. Then they would have to manually adjust all these demand and supply process flows. Figure 1 shows how these capabilities and advanced analytics of D365 come together.

Figure 1. Channel rebalancing within Sunrise 365®

Sunrise 365® Retail Replenishment

Sunrise’s customers also benefit by the relatively recently—about 2 years ago—introduced retail replenishment product. (Note, Sunrise 365® Supply Chain is required to run the Sunrise 365® Retail Replenishment.) Sunrise’s customers had been asking the vendor for some time to develop a retail solution. The current solutions on the market are very pricy and will often require expensive integrations with the retail POS solutions. Sunrise’s solution pulls in all the actual demand from stores, applies a set of replenishment rules, and produces the appropriate retail plans to meet the demands. The retail replenishment configurations set minimum and maximum supply and they target weeks’ supply and seasonality coefficients. The figure below shows how the parameters are set up.

Figure 2. Retail replenishment setups

There many more areas of the Sunrise solutions that warrant a thorough look under the hood. As part of the certification process, TEC was given a hands-on demonstration of the latest release of the Sunrise 365® solutions and Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations. I am currently writing the full Sunrise certification report based on this demonstration, with more on the product’s background, highlights, features and functions, and competitive strengths and weaknesses. Stay tuned for the full report, available in a few weeks on the TEC Certification Reports page.

By, Technology Evaluation Centers at https://technologyevaluation.com/

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