Lebus Upholstery manufacture quality commercial upholstered furniture from their custom built 250,000 square feet factory in Lincolnshire. They create and develop their own exclusive ranges to the latest trends in furnishing design and fabrics. Heavy investment in the latest computer technology improves both quality and efficiency.
Lebus operate in a “Fast Moving – Make To Order” manufacturing environment and with their Management Team highly focused on process improvements it was identified that their business systems, consisting of bespoke manufacturing package alongside a second application for financial accounts and payroll and a variety of spreadsheets, were holding back progress and that a new ERP system would help support growth in a market of increasing product complexity and with high customer expectations on quality and delivery.
Lebus was looking for an integrate ERP system coupled with updated IT hardware infrastructure to provide a platform for future development. Manufacturing 1800 separate furniture items per week, and with the majority of the factory operatives on “Payments By Results” schemes, efficient product configuration, production planning and material control functionality were key requirements of the new system.
Gradient initially assisted Lebus with the selection of their new ERP system by understanding their processes, documenting their requirements, researching the market for suitable vendors and facilitating demonstrations. Gradient then went on to project manage the 9 month implementation with Lebus employees forming the project team and senior management as part of a steering committee.
"Lebus initially shortlisted three IT consultant companies, and it was clear from this process that Gradient had the range of expertise we required across specification, selection, project management and hardware. The work done to select a preferred solution and then project manage was key to a successful implementation, which will lead to improved business performance and control as well as open up opportunities for longer term continual improvement."
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