About Hans Ploenes
Hans Ploenes is a family-owned manufacturer of ties and trades in men’s scarves and fashion accessories. The company has its headquarters in Krefeld, Germany, under the J. Ploenes brand.
In business for more than 75 years, the company’s products (which independent representatives sell to retail businesses) are available in many European countries.
"With Microsoft Dynamics NAV and TRIMIT Fashion, we are on solid ground for production and delivery of high-quality fashion products during our company’s next 75 years in business."
In a change to its business strategy, Hans Ploenes decided to outsource tie manufacturing to other German companies.
Hans Ploenes continues to design the seasonal collections, and maintains firm quality control over the finished products. For most ties, the tailoring of the fabric still takes place at Hans Ploenes, where contract manufacturers collect the materials and produce the finished ties in their facilities.
With the change in the business model, Hans Ploenes also needed to change the way it managed operations, with greater control of contractors and finance, and more efficient business planning and materials management. This provided an opportunity for simplifying the company’s technology infrastructure.
As its enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, the company used an older version of Microsoft Dynamics NAV with many customisations. The complexity of the customization made it difficult to upgrade and maintain the solution.
Christoph Ploenes, CEO of Hans Ploenes, says, “We wanted to streamline our ERP system and make it easier to upgrade. At the same time, we looked for software functionality that was a good fit with our industry and that would support our new business model.” In addition, Hans Ploenes hoped to gain certain new capabilities, including the ability to interact with tax authorities for mandatory, regular business reporting.
Working with Microsoft partner Hanse Solution Hans Ploenes re-implemented and upgraded to the most current version of Microsoft Dynamics NAV with TRIMIT Fashion.
Together, Microsoft Dynamics NAV and TRIMIT Fashion are a standard solution that provides all the functionality Hans Ploenes requires.
TRIMIT Fashion, designed to run in integration with Microsoft Dynamics NAV, enhances the ERP solution with a wealth of industry-specific functionality to manage design, cuts, colors, sizes, and more.
Today, Hans Ploenes relies on a low-maintenance, reliable ERP solution that helps the organization create and efficiently market the products consumers want.
As Ploenes states, “With Microsoft Dynamics NAV and TRIMIT Fashion, we are on solid ground for production and delivery of high-quality fashion products during our company’s next 75 years in business.”
By using Microsoft Dynamics NAV, together with industry-specific software, Hans Ploenes has all the fashion industry–specific capability it requires. However, the technology is mainly standardized and not customized as it was in the past.
Microsoft and TRIMIT release updates and enhancements simultaneously, making it easy for Hans Ploenes to remain current.
“We run Microsoft Dynamics NAV and TRIMIT Fashion as a standard solution without the need for an IT department,” says Ploenes. “The technology is extremely reliable and requires minimal attention. Even better, it completely fits our changed business model and helps us operate very efficiently—for example, in the timely processing of a high number of small invoices for many different products.”
More Focused and Productive
Today, the small Hans Ploenes team works with utmost efficiency.
Because of a more holistic design of business processes, some employees perform more steps in certain areas, but the overall workflows with the RoleTailored Client are more streamlined than they were in the past.
Ploenes states, “We see that our entire team gets more done in the same time it had before. We were able to fit the software tools very closely to the roles people play in the company, so that everybody works within a unified, comfortable software environment that gives easy access to exactly the functionality and data people need. The entire company has become more focused and productive.”