ST. PAUL, Minn., May 20, 2010 —Lawson Software (Nasdaq: LWSN) announced today that J.R. Watkins recently completed an organization-wide deployment of Lawson QuickStep Food & Beverage. The Lawson Quickstep solution, which is designed to help meet the unique demands of the food and beverage industry, will help J.R. Watkins coordinate its financial, manufacturing, supply chain and procurement processes. This will help reduce the time, cost and risks associated with bringing its products to market. Lawson QuickStep solutions provide a proven foundation for faster, successful enterprise software implementations.
J.R. Watkins also selected CIBER, Inc., a leading international IT outsourcing and software implementation consultancy specializing in Lawson M3 solutions, to partner with Lawson to provide implementation support. In addition, CIBER provided project management expertise and employee training workshops to help J.R. Watkins realize a smoother transition to using the new Lawson system.
J.R. Watkins, based in Winona, Minn., is a natural consumer products manufacturer with specialties in personal care, home care, remedies and organic food flavorings. The company is known for its natural, environmentally friendly ingredients and is emerging as one of the largest companies in southeastern, Minn. To help it maintain its competitiveness during this growth period, J.R. Watkins needed to update and align its business processes to improve efficiency.
“Our old system was comprised of several disparate software systems that didn’t talk to each other. This created data redundancy, data integrity discrepancies and considerable manual efforts to access and input information from procurement to finances,” said James Yenish, vice president, Operations, J.R. Watkins. “We chose Lawson and CIBER because we felt confident in Lawson’s food and beverage industry expertise and CIBER’s technical implementation expertise. We needed a flexible solution that can grow right along with our expanding business. Lawson and CIBER helped us move to a leaner environment. With this cohesiveness, we have greater visibility into customer orders, which helps us provide improved customer service and makes our day-to-day business easier.”
“The U.S. food and beverage industry faces many challenges today, including ever-increasing pressures on profit margins,” said Jeff McKinnon, director, Food & Beverage, Lawson. “Lawson QuickStep is designed to help companies like J.R. Watkins streamline and simplify complex supply chains. And since it can help companies get up-and-running quickly on their enterprise software, Lawson can help deliver faster business benefits for our customers’ technology investments.”
About Lawson Software
Lawson Software provides software and service solutions to 4,500 customers in equipment service management and rental, fashion, food & beverage, healthcare, manufacturing & distribution, public sector (United States), service industries, and strategic human capital management across 40 countries. Lawson Software is a global provider of enterprise software, services and support to customers primarily in three sectors: services, trade and manufacturing/distribution. Lawson’s solutions include Enterprise Performance Management, Human Capital Management, Supply Chain Management, Enterprise Resource Planning, Customer Relationship Management, Manufacturing Resource Planning, Enterprise Asset Management and industry-tailored applications. Lawson solutions assist customers in simplifying their businesses or organizations by helping them streamline processes, reduce costs and enhance business or operational performance. Lawson is headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., and has offices around the world. Visit Lawson online at www.lawson.com. For Lawson’s listing on the First North exchange in Sweden, Remium AB is acting as the Certified Adviser.
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