Fashionable handling of data structures
GERRY WEBER, TAIFUN, SAMOON, talkabout and HALLHUBER: these brands are behind GERRY WEBER International AG. Since 1973, the company has been active in the fashion and lifestyle segment. With more than 6,900 employees, the Group sells its products in more than 60 countries worldwide and nearly 1,270 stores.
Gerry Weber exchanges information with his business partners electronically – say via EDI. Each actor uses different formats. For example, a Spanish department store uses different data structures than a department store from Hong Kong. In order for Gerry Weber’s IT systems to read incoming documents regardless of the file format, Lobster_data must convert them. Only then can the ERP system process the information. Conversely, outbound data must be converted to formats that the recipient’s devices recognize. The challenge: The German fashion company continues to grow and interfaces with external systems are continually being added. It gets particularly tricky when new partners from regions like Asia or Russia are connected. Here can be
the IT department does not serve EDI standard formats. But an international expansion
also requires dealing with unconventional data structures. That’s why Gerry relies
Weber on the EDI software Lobster_data.