Elstead Lighting Selects Epicor ERP to Unify Systems and Drive International Growth

Epicor ERP has enabled Elstead Lighting to prepare for their next stage of growth as a global provider of decorative lighting

Epicor Software Corporation, a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, today announced that Elstead Lighting has chosen its enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. Elstead Lighting has implemented Epicor ERP across a broad spectrum of business processes—from sales to distribution, and design to manufacturing, as well as retail—to support sales across 50 different countries.

After witnessing a sustained period of accelerated growth in the last five years—and rapidly expanding its product portfolio Elstead Lighting was in need of a diverse solution that provided complete visibility across all of its operations. Previously operating on a 15-year-old legacy system was proving to be unnecessarily complicated, and the system was becoming outdated. Due to the changing needs of the business, the software required frequent modifications to keep up with day-to-day business processes. With each country operating on different systems and databases, Elstead Lighting needed one unified solution that would simplify and support the business, both now, and in the future.

After an extensive and competitive evaluation process, the decision was made to go with Epicor ERP. One of the key drivers behind choosing Epicor was the ability to customise the solution without the need for multiple, third-party add-ons.

Chris Coogan, IT manager at Elstead Lighting, comments, “Having the ability to customise the system and change things as we see fit is proving invaluable. Epicor ERP fit the bill straight out of the box.”

Elstead Lighting has already witnessed a number of benefits since implementing the software  the last month including increased automation across the factory floor, which is underpinned by the ERP system “We were a small lighting manufacturer—now we are much more than that. We needed a system that could not only cope with our current growth, but one that could adapt and support the growth to come.” Alistair Ingall-Tombs Senior Operations Manager Elstead Lighting and drives increased efficiencies for Elstead employees.

“Daily processes, which used to take three hours to complete, can now be done in less than 30 seconds. This is freeing employees up to focus on higher-value tasks and adds up to a lot of saved time,” said Coogan. “Not only is the software providing valuable benefits to the business, but it is also having a positive impact on the environment. By ensuring operations are streamlined and gathered in one unified system, paper usage has been reduced dramatically,” added Coogan.

Following the successful implementation of Epicor ERP within its UK facilities, Elstead Lighting now plans to roll out the software to its international subsiduaries, including those in Poland, Slovakia, Dubai, and China.

Alistair Ingall-Tombs, senior operations manager at Elstead, commented, “As we continue to use Epicor ERP, we are excited to see the control and visibility echoed across our different regions, languages, and cultures. To support our future growth, it is important we have a one-stop-shop tool that can provide us with everything we need to know, whenever we need to know it. Epicor ERP is that tool.”

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