Middle East beauty company tries to smell better with J.D. Edwards

Dubai-based Scion International streamlines business processes, with some help from JD Edwards 5 - Enterprise application suite.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  September 16, 2003

J.D. Edwards (a PeopleSoft company) announced today that Scion International a leading Dubai-based beauty solutions company is implementing an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) platform using the J.D. Edwards 5 family modules of products across its operations.

The beauty company, which has supply and manufacturing facilities in Dubai and Sharjah, has already started implementing distribution and financial modules across its UAE operations as part of its drive to streamline internal processes and delivery mechanisms.

The 30-year old Scion International produces fragrances and cosmetics for many multinational brands and operates through a group distribution network in over 90 countries with manufacturing units in the UAE and South Africa. The group comprises of 17 companies involved, primarily in developing, manufacturing and distributing fragrance care, colour care, skin care, bath care and other personal care products.

Scion has currently rolled out its first phase of its ERP project across its operations in the UAE. During the 18 months, the organization will introduce J.D. Edwards 5 solutions to the rest of its distribution operations around the world, including the USA and Europe.

"Scion International is always striving to develop innovative products to meet the demands of the world market. In the past, we have invested in state-of-the-art research and development facilities, as well as manufacturing facilities, in Dubai and Sharjah, equipped with the latest high-speed automatic production lines," said Berges Fitter, general manager of IT, Scion International.

J.D. Edwards 5 software was selected by Scion after a rigorous evaluation process, which examined both the immediate potential business benefits and the capacity for expansion in the long-term which the company considers is a key factor as it develops its business.

Commenting on the implementation, Tim Caulkett, regional director, sales and marketing, Middle East, J.D. Edwards said, "Our flexible, multiple-language software and our results-oriented approach to customers make J.D. Edwards were ideal for Scion, which has both immediate business needs and aggressive plans for global growth."

The implementation plans to consolidate the procurement approvals process by making senior managers instantly aware of major purchases, which in turn will enable Scion International to better control costs.

The ERP Company recently started its regional headquarters in Dubai.

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