The world is full of unknowns.
We cannot possibly predict what is going to happen every minute of every day. But we can prepare for it. In the gear we carry. The clothes we wear. The mindset we hold. Whether we are on duty or off road. In country or out of cell range.
The mindset is always the same...
ALWAYS BE READY!
5.11 Tactical, a leading apparel company, was looking to reap the benefits of operating an FTZ.
- ICRS provider needed to be nimble and flexible
- Limited IT resources (current resources tied up in ERP upgrades)
- Inventory issues; kitted and de-kitted product, multi-sourced same SKUs sold based on end customer
- User and organizational change management
Choose a provider that believes in their core philosophy - ALWAYS BE READY!
GTKonnect, already known in the industry for being nimble and flexible, sat down with 5.11 and outlined a support plan for both their business and compliance goals.
We understood that like all companies the priorities of the "business" often are not 100 percent in alignment with the tactical IT activities required for something like ERP upgrades. The business' goal was to get near 100% automation with all data interfaces, but to get there with limited resources required a multifaceted implementation plan. While IT was working on the necessary data for the interfaces, GTK focused on training users in the GTK FTZ software and overall zone management processes.
As the interfaces and data flow entered the UAT phase, it allowed for trained users for testing and validation. This in turn resulted in a better go live experience and creation of superusers.
"When we decided to take advantage by becoming an FTZ, we quickly got to software selection and compared GTKonnect FTZ against other leading providers. What we found in GTK the willingness to work with our specific situation, the flexibility to accommodate our IT requirements and timelines for integration with our existing ERP and the excellent support to our team to help with a smooth go live, especially since we were completely new to this whole FTZ process. Their tool automates almost 100% leaving us just to intervene on an exception basis resulting in a smooth zone operation day in day out."
Ehsan Argand, Director, Global Logistics & Customs Compliance
5.11 Tactical - http://www.511tactical.com/