Schleich is one of the largest toy manufacturers in Germany and a leading provider of original play concepts internationally. The famous toy figurines from Schleich are sold in over 50 countries and have found their way into children's rooms all around the world. Headquartered with manufacturing facilities in Schwäbisch-Gmünd, Schleich has production plants in Europe and Asia, and another production facility in Tunisia.
"Our business is subject to several challenges, as the production of children's toys worldwide is accompanied by strict quality and safety regulations, which we often interpret narrower than required by law," said Dr. Andreas Weber, head of operations for Schleich. "We also need to provide high delivery reliability on a global scale. The economics of Schleich are therefore a question of precise coordination of production at home and abroad, including procurement, logistics and quality control worldwide with the incoming orders. Our ERP system thus has to work in real time and offer us comprehensive insight into various business processes."
The global reach of Epicor is important for Schleich. Dr. Weber explained, "With Epicor we will be able to link our subsidiaries in Europe, the USA and Asia on a single system and integrate the processes consistently. Thanks to the tenancy of Epicor, each site can be given the necessary functions through simple adjustments, while we at the same time can obtain a good central overview of the entire enterprise."
Schleich plans to replace all existing business applications with Epicor. The main reason for selecting Epicor was the flexibility of the software architecture, but also its ease-of-use. "The Microsoft Office integration simplifies the usage for employees and increases their acceptance -- an important aspect to help accelerate the benefits of the new consolidated solution, and results in greater productivity," said Dr. Weber. "For our future development, it was essential to choose an open ERP solution. The business architecture from Epicor provides the necessary flexibility for an expansion with integrated middleware that simplifies the connection to advanced features. No programming will be required to adapt further to complex, changing processes, minimizing maintenance efforts and reducing the overall operating costs."
"Epicor's manufacturing product suite enables organizations to completely integrate all their processes: customer management, production and inventory control, purchasing and supply management including finance, controlling and quality assurance," said Patrick Nordling, vice president, sales, Epicor Germany. "The process integration goes as far as the bar-code scanners. Such complete and consistent collection and central storage of data is the foundation for fast business decisions that can be made based on current, not historic, information. This means that companies can react immediately to changing market conditions and stay competitive even in challenging environments."
The company, founded 75 years ago by Friedrich Schleich in Schwäbisch Gmünd, is one of the largest toy manufacturers in Germany and a leading provider of original play concepts internationally. The famous toy figurines from Schleich are sold in over 50 countries and have found their way into children's rooms all around the world. As a global player with Swabian roots, today the company is majority owned by the European investment group HgCapital. Other shareholders are the two managing directors Paul Kraut and Erich Schefold. The design of the Schleich play worlds and the creation of the production tools are done in Germany, as are the quality and safety tests. The production itself takes place both at the company's German headquarters in Schwäbisch Gmünd and in other production facilities abroad.
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