Burberry SAP system delivers on £20m efficiency promise

Burberry's major SAP implementation has delivered on a promised £20 million in cost reductions so far, the group has said.

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Burberry's major SAP implementation has delivered on a promised £20 million in cost reductions so far, the group has said.

The benefits were principally attributable to supply chain efficiencies, the fashion retailer said, as it rolled out SAP across its offices, in European retail and its supply chain. Operating profits for the year to 31 March rose 28 percent year-on-year to £201.7 million.

The group said that during the implementation it faced “typical data and process issues”, which it has not disclosed. Last October, it announced it was slowing down the rollout to avoid problems.

It said the project “is now starting to deliver very early benefits, especially in the core central product and merchandising functions”.

Burberry spent £19.6 million on the SAP rollout, called Project Atlas, in the year. It plans to roll out the systems to the US and Asia by March 2009, costing “about £4 million”. It has spent £52 million on the project in the last three years.

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