Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. Upgrades Collaborative Supply Chain Solution to Increase Efficiency

Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. Upgrades Collaborative Supply Chain Solution to Increase 
ISELIN, NJ -- (Marketwired) -- 11/14/13 --   Even though you may not
recognize its corporate name, you've probably been in one of its
stores. As a regional department store in the Northeast, Midwest and
Great Plains, Bon-Ton operates 273 stores under various names in 25
states: Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Bergner's, Herberger's, Elder-Beerman,
Carson's and Younkers.  
With roots in York, Pennsylvania, Bon-Ton dates back to 1898 and for
its 100-plus year history it has maintained its focus on attention to
detail, quality merchandise at a fair price and a product line that
includes national brand names and private labels that are tailored to
its customer base. In the 1960s Bon-Ton began an era of rapid
expansion which continues today. In 2003, the company doubled in size
by acquiring Elder-Beerman, based in Dayton, OH. And three years
later, Bon-Ton doubled the number of stores again, when it acquired
the Northern Department Store Group from Saks, Inc. Today, from its
Milwaukee, Wisconsin offices, over 100,000 SKUs are sourced and
delivered to stores around the country with help from top technology
provider, ecVision. 
Seven years ago, Bon-Ton implemented ecVision's solutions for vendor
management, PO integration and production/shipment tracking for its
international orders. Working through global sourcing giant William E
Connor & Associates and connected to Kuehne & Nagel's logistics
teams, ecVision is the platform that consolidates all of the data and
functionality to ensure the flow of goods from around the world. But
with new programs and with the desire to enhance its commercial
invoicing processes, Bon-Ton's sourcing teams reached out to ecVision
to improve the existing platform.  
"The first step was to bring Bon-Ton's older ecVision implementation
up to today's cutting-edge features. This includes our cloud-based,
hosted platform along with the framework functionality for robust
collaboration, reporting and tracking tools," said Cheryl Layne, VP
of Customer Success for ecVision. "Then the commercial invoice
process was modified to allow suppliers to provide data for "first
sale" declarations that lower the customs value when importing into
the US."  
"The upgrade has also enabled us to streamline our business processes
and eliminate redundant data-entry points," said Joe Brauer,
Bon-Ton's Vice President of Application Systems. "The new system
significantly reduces the amount of time required to create and
maintain international purchase orders, allowing our merchants and
private brand teams to spend less time on administrative work and
more time driving the business."  
With the upgrade and enhancements, the workload for Bon-Ton's
suppliers is lightened, processes are streamlined, and Bon-Ton's
internal teams will be armed with the information they need to
realize these cost savings and ensure compliance with government
About ecVision 
 ecVision offers a cloud-based supply chain
collaboration platform that optimizes product lifecycle and supply
chain processes. The enterprise platform, ecVision Suite(TM),
reflects the standardized business processes from design to delivery,
creating a single collaborative solution for private label brands,
retailers and their trading partners. With increased visibility and
workflow, users can improve their reaction time to demand changes,
shorten product lifecycles, lower product and materials costs, and
improve sourcing and logistic efficiencies. Tailored specifically for
smaller brands, manufacturer and importers, ecVision Comply(TM) is a
risk management/data management platform that revolutionizes supplier
and product safety compliance. Learn more at  
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Phone: (732) 582-3906 
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