Founded in 2005, Bedrock Manufacturing Co. is a Texas-based private equity firm backed by Tom Kartsotis, founder of accessory firm Fossil Inc. Bedrock brands include Shinoloa and Filson. Detroit-based Shinola makes luxury watches sold through its international retail locations and wholesale. Seattle-based Filson is known for its high-end outdoor clothing and accessories sold through its own retail stores, catalog and eCommerce site, as well as through U.S. and international distributors.

CHALLENGES

  • Multiple disparate ERP platforms running across divisions leading to cumbersome business processes 
  • Unstable financial platform running on QuickBooks providing poor cost management and financial reporting
  • Manually intensive distribution operations due to unintegrated warehouse solution
  • Lack of integration between retail and supply chain systems causing product and financial visibility issues
  • Lack of real time inventory visibility during manufacturing process resulting in production delays

SOLUTION

  • Microsoft Dynamics AX offered an integrated financial, supply chain, WMS, and retail solution within a single platform
  • Consolidated multiple brands under the parent company's portfolio on a single instance of Microsoft Dynamics AX
  • Microsoft Dynamics AX offered a strong road map to the cloud with Dynamics 365
  • Sunrise offered a strong blend of product expertise and apparel industry solutions that would maximize value

BENEFITS

  • Improved platform stability with integrated financial, supply chain, distribution, and retail solutions 
  • Enhanced reporting capabilities with more granular detail and accuracy
  • Real-time financial performance and supply chain visibility
  • Greater business efficiency and order response time

Bedrock Manufacturing is a private equity and brand management firm with a portfolio of "Made in America" consumer brands. Detroit-based watchmaker Shinola and Seattle-based outdoor apparel company Filson are two of their brands that had independently selected Microsoft Dynamics AX before being acquired by Bedrock Manufacturing.

Both Shinola and Filson each had outgrown their own disparate financial, retail, and supply chain systems, making it very difficult for each brand to operate efficiently. Each with their own pains and challenges, they needed greater system stability to support their domestic and international growth.

Both Shinola and Filson selected Microsoft Dynamics AX independently before being acquired by Bedrock Manufacturing. The companies had experienced significant growth and had outgrown legacy source system that could offer a global, omni-channel, Tier 1 supply chain capability without all the cost and complexity.

By implementing Microsoft Dynamics AX with the Sunrise Quick Start solution, these two Bedrock Manufacturing brands benefited from a new ERP that allows for international growth and supports multiople omni-channel brands.

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