has stood the “test of time”
When Phil and Barbara Jones launched
the FABRIX software management system
17 years ago and targeted the ragtrade
as a key area of their DDNC operation,
garment manufacturer, Cliff Foxton,
was among the first to appreciate that
“this was the way to go”
Cliff, who headed the then LWR owned
company of Beardsley Pearce in Levin,
and involved for many years in garment
manufacturing and administration, chose
FABRIX and, in fact, stayed with it
throughout the following years –
and into a further new management system.
When cliff moved to become managing
director of Bouzaid & Ballaben in
1997, now an independent company within
Canterbury International Group, the
FABRIX management system (previously
involved with the Beardsley Pearce operation),
along with other hi-tech manufacturing
programmes, moved with him to Greytown,
Cliff is proud to claim to be the first
of the FABRIX licensees in the DDNC
line up. His company, Bouzaid &
Ballaben, which employs a staff of around
112 people, is involved in the manufacture
of women’s and girl’s fashion
apparel, with production of around 1.5
million garments per year.
The company’s FABRIX system is
totally integrated with all customer-oriented
systems; production planning and control
and general ledger systems, among others.
Cliff proudly makes claim to having
worked with the FABRIX team in the initial
programme of development some 17 years
ago, which has evolved into the dynamic
system that FABRIX is today.
He says: “If the system hadn’t
been right, we wouldn’t have persevered
with it”. And while updating of
the systems have naturally been standard
requirements throughout the years, these
upgrades have not cost an “arm
and leg” in Cliff’s words.
“FABRIX gives us total control,”
And Phil Jones, ‘mastermind ‘
behind FABRIX, comes in for special
praise from Cliff in the years the pair
have been involved in it’s development.
“He understands what’s involved,”
says Cliff. “He’s a business
oriented person as distinct from a programmer
of systems. That’s important!”
The Bouzaid & Ballaben system optimises
and uses most of the 22 system modules.
B&B gain maximum benefits from the
production and raw material control
modules, particularly utilising and
benefiting from the batch/colour shade
management feature of the software.
The production resource planning modules,
with garment tracking, enable staff
productivity and rewards to be monitored
and evaluated. The integration with
the accounting modules, ensures quick
and accurate financial control of the
important feature of the FABRIX system
to be used by B&B is the EDI or
Electronic Data Interchange between
B&B and its clients. This feature
automates the sales order capture between
customer/client, minimising inputs and
ensuring real time information is available.
FABRIX is an evolving and constantly
changing system, with new releases and
versions being offered frequently. These
new releases are available to all clients
as part of the annual software upgrade
fee, ensuring all users benefit from
the advances being made in the software.
Various new features are available to
clients including E-commerce, Web interfaces,
Email Ordering links with customers,
to name but a few.