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An ERP for Halloween

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The origins of Halloween can be traced back almost 2,000 years to a Celtic festival celebrating what was their new year, on November 1. All Hallows’ Eve, the night before, heralded the arrival of winter’s dark cold embrace. On what we now call Halloween, it was believed, the boundary separating the living from the dead became permeable, and ghosts could enter our world. Today, it’s all about candy and costumes, and, for the folks at Rubie’s Fun House it is the busiest time of the year.


Rubie’s Fun House is a chain of stores that began in 1950 as a single candy shop in Queens, New York. Over the years Rubie’s inventory grew to include novelty items, funny hats, and in 1970, they began manufacturing their own line of costumes. They soon owned the license for both the Star Trek and Superman brands, and today Rubie’s Fun House manufactures more than 200 licensed costume brands and operates stores in 14 countries.


Rubie’s is still owned by the founding family, but with their costumes now carried by dozens of major chains, including Kmart and Walmart, and inventory being shipped to toy stores, costume shops, and party stores worldwide, the family needed a management system that could keep it all running efficiently. They opted for an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that could provide real time visibility into their supply chain.


Rubie’s does 90 percent of their business at Halloween, and, to make sure every order arrives on time during their peak season, they adopted an ERP capable of projecting what they will need. This is accomplished by tracking the entire history of every customer order, from the purchase to the final warehouse shipment delivery confirmation. Rubie’s Fun House now runs everything on an enterprise solution from Simparel, a provider of both cloud and on-premise management systems for the fashion industry.


Simparel’s ERP is designed to handle all aspects of Rubie’s omnichannel retail, for both B2B and B2C orders. The Simparel suite of solutions includes Product Lifecycle Management, Supply Chain Management, Shop Floor Control, and Warehouse Management. All this so that vampire costume arrives in time for All Hallows’ Eve.


Oracle Cloud Lifts Detroit Out of Bankruptcy


According to a new research report from MarketsandMarkets, the market for ERP in public education, for kindergarten through 12th grade, is expected to grow from $6.77 billion in 2016 to $14.19 billion in 2021. The adoption of enterprise resource planning systems is up across almost all public sector venues. A 2014 survey of the IT decision-makers at state and local agencies indicated that over 80 percent of the agencies had already adopted ERP or were in the process of doing so.


In 2013, the city of Detroit, Michigan, filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy. The city has been making a slow steady recovery, and just recently, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced that the city’s 2016-2017 financial plan will mark the third straight year of balanced budgets. The city council has noted that much of this continuing success can be attributed to the decision to adopt Oracle’s Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud and Enterprise Performance Management Cloud.

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