Cloud computing has gained a reputation as a way to access instantaneous business information without the cost and manpower of an in-house system. A cloud platform has the potential to provide manufacturers with real-time information from all points in the supply chain. Clothing maker Aventura SAC chose the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) collaboration platform from TradeCard Inc. -- now part of cloud supply chain platform provider GT Nexus Inc. -- to bring its customers faster and more accurate shipping and invoicing data.
Aventura SAC is a knit-cotton garment manufacturer and exporter based in Lima, Peru, specializing in polo and rugby shirts. When the company first started working with TradeCard in February 2013, it was responding to a suggestion from one of its biggest customers, luxury fashion designer Ralph Lauren.
"Ralph Lauren asked us to work with the TradeCard system for the payment of our invoices and for payment and delivery follow-ups," said Manuel Murayama, commercial manager at Aventura SAC.
Implementation of the TradeCard platform was fast and simple, according to Murayama. The training and setup was done entirely online and completed in just an hour and a half, he noted. Two months after selecting TradeCard, Aventura SAC became a GT Nexus customer when the two companies completed their merger.
GT Nexus cloud supply chain touches shipping, billing, production
Today, Aventura SAC uses GT Nexus for a number of daily businesses functions, including order processing, customer collaboration, scan and pack processes, billing and production processes, invoice submission and payments received.
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A wide range of departments accesses the GT Nexus platform, according to Murayama. "The system is used by the packing area to issue the packing list, and then the export area for issuing the invoice and creating the ASN [advanced shipping notice] number for the customer to acknowledge the delivery was done," he said. The finance area also uses GT Nexus to follow up on invoice payments. "It is now easier to check the process of payment of our invoices and to also check the estimated date of payment," Murayama added.
Since Aventura began using TradeCard/GT Nexus, Murayama has observed some positive changes in how the company does business. Shipping has become more streamlined because inputting the data for the packing list only needs to be done once for the scan and pack process. This information can also be accessed by other areas, such as billing and production, he explained. Warehouse personnel inputs the data for packaging and delivery, which workers in the export area can use for invoicing without having to reenter the information.
Cloud supply chain untethers system users
The flexibility afforded by the GT Nexus cloud is one of its biggest advantages, according to Murayama. "By this system, we can know in advance when we will receive the payment, which is good for finance purposes," he explained. "And it can be checked from anywhere, even when I am traveling." The cloud platform also helps Murayama solve order processing issues while on the road. "It allows me to check the status of the process, where it is blocked and why," he said.
Aventura SAC's customers are also benefiting from the GT Nexus cloud platform, according to Murayama. "I think that this system helps them to follow up on their deliveries and to have control of their invoice payments." He also noted that the faster order and billing processing that came with the cloud system has enabled the company to finance advance payments at lower interest rates.
In the future, Murayama hopes that the GT Nexus cloud will become more easily accessible to non-English speakers. "The system could be friendlier if it is also offered in a Spanish version," he said. "I think more people in my company would use it. Now it is limited to those who speak English. [Those] who do not speak English [are] limited to some common operations only, as they do not understand the different options they have."
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