28 October 2002 | Robin Parker
Lawson Software has expanded its range of retail industry tools to focus on procurement and logistics and to incorporate products inherited from its purchase of Armature.
At the core of the upgraded retail suite is a payables management application, which automates purchasing processes and the three-way process of matching purchasing orders, invoices and receipts.
Lawson is currently integrating the tool with category management and inventory analysis software that it acquired in the purchase of Armature, which specialises in retail supply chain software, in July.
The applications are all based on Lawson's 'Library' platform, on which all the data needed by a retailer to describe product and supply chain specifications can be stored.
Retail is one of Lawson's core target industries. Its other software addresses the supply chain needs of healthcare, professional services, public sector and financial services firms.
It has more than 350 retail customers worldwide, about 30 of which were gained in the Armature acquisition. UK customers include Waitrose, Somerfield, Thorntons and Dixons.
Jeremy Spencer, who moved from Armature to become business development manager at Lawson, said the combined strengths of the firms could now be used to sell its abilities to meet supply chain needs.
"Lawson had a very strong retail reputation in the US, driven by strong marketing of its human resources and finance systems, but it's been less strong in the UK and international market.
"Retail is the first vertical market that's been given a shared focus between the US and the UK, and we hope to lead the way for the company."