|Country/Region: Hong Kong|
Industry: Watch manufacturing
Apps Implemented: Inventory, Barcode
Number of Users: 13
Company Size: >100
Implementation Type: Odoo SH
About Solar Time
Founded in 1977, Solar Time is a global designer and manufacturer of timepiece and fashion accessories. The company's widespread operations in Hong Kong, London, and the US reflect its extensive experience in the industry. After extending from retail to eCommerce in the last decade, the company crossed geographical borders and grew rapidly in the international market. This digital transformation reshaped the business and allowed it to reach the height of its success today.
Building It Up From Scratch
As Solar Time depended on a 3PL (third-party logistics) company to carry out warehousing, fulfillment, and distribution processes, it had low control over its data and supply chain management. When the COVID-19 outbreak suspended its promotional activities, its management board decided it was a good opportunity to make the most of the vacant time with a long-considered project; building an in-house logistics system.
It was a revelation when they realized they were capable of building the system from scratch. This daunting transition was worthwhile, as it granted them costs reduction and full control over the supply chain and distribution networks. The company freed itself from third-party support, but it came at the expense of a narrow window of time—its fast-approaching contract deadline.
Mission Possible with Odoo
Solar Time’s Odoo functional consultant, Mirto Bonan, carried out a ‘quick-start implementation’ to ensure the new logistics system was up and running before the contract deadline. The implementation journey completed ahead of time, in 40 hours. The major stepping stones towards the speedy launch were system set-up, data migration, and employee training.
During the system set-up, Solar Time implemented Inventory and Barcode Odoo applications. A remarkable feature that had triple benefits in the Inventory app was stock forecasting. It helped the sales, shipping, and purchasing teams with intuitive decision making, and accurate data predictions. Having access to the system via mobile also accelerated the inventory operations, as central warehouse tasks (scanning and organizing inbound/outbound orders) could be handled with greater precision and efficiency.
“We did not hesitate to implement the Odoo success pack, as it was the fastest path towards our goal, and every minute was definitely worth it."
Íñigo Muñoz Bilbao, Head of Operations, Solar Time
Making the Workspace a Better Place
Towards the end of the implementation, the employees’ doubts turned into admiration for Odoo’s system after an introduction to the applications. They were surprised that they could effortlessly navigate the system without having prior software experience. And thanks to Odoo’s user-friendly interface and Inigo and Mirto’s persistent efforts, the employee training was a success.
Mirto Bonan takes up the role of a catalyst in implementation projects by providing steadfast support and optimal solutions. Mirto aims to lay a strong foundation of customers’ trust and confidence in Odoo. And two important benchmarks, great results, and satisfied clients.