Not many people can say that they helped save a life today – but at Reflexite they can make such a statement and it’s reflected in everything they do. Within their Reflective Solutions business, they work to save lives by increasing visibility and recognition. They also save lots of energy – their Energy Solutions business saves energy by reducing consumption and increasing efficient use of renewable resources such as solar energy. Founded in 1970, the Avon, CT based Reflexite is a global leader in high-visibility reflective and optically-engineered energy-saving products. The former are part of the company’s Reflective Solutions Business and include reflective tapes that help keep people such as firefighters, police, road-construction workers, U.S. soldiers and everyday motorists be safe. It also makes reflective sheeting used, for example, on temporary signs and other devices found in construction zones.
Reflexite had grown into a global company, but their lack of a global and modern corporate-wide information system had created inefficiencies and created several forms of waste, including high freight costs, over-bloated inventory and wasted materials. A major cause was that the company was on a mixed IT environment that included different legacy software packages and hardware platforms running at the company’s many worldwide locations. Different systems worked in their own silo and there was no global model. Applications and systems couldn’t communicate with each other. The company knew they had to go to one ERP package and to one platform.
Reflexite looked at different packages and in the end selected JD Edwards (JDE) and GSI, Inc. as their implementation partner. GSI gathered the requirements from the myriad of systems and environments and sorted through a multitude of issues such as multi-currency, multi-company, and intra-company. From this, GSI developed a Global Model implementation plan, created without modifications. Reflexite reviewed different packages and in the end selected JDE and GSI as their implementation partner.
The project ran and concluded on schedule within 12 months. The complexity of such a project proved to be a perfect match for the advanced functionality of JDE – all done without customization. Reflexite was open to the Global Model and also to globally adaptable business processes that would standardize their business, making the company’s life easier and more adaptable to capitalize on current and future business growth and expansion. The company’s processes were streamlined and then aligned to standard JDE functionality in the Global Model. This approach turned out to be a blueprint for value and success – and more importantly for Reflexite’s ability to run their business. With GSI’s expertise and strong project leadership, the project was delivered on time and without modifications. GSI also worked with the RFSmart solution to replace a supply chain legacy system that was fraught with issues. This enabled Reflexite to streamline their logistics/manufacturing processes greatly and added value while bringing Reflexite further toward a higher level of best practice technology! GSI also leveraged the UPK tool to create procedures and documentation that after GO LIVE became part of the JDE user interface easily accessible by “role” to quickly guide users through complex processes quickly and effectively. The success of the JDE project provided Reflexite a superior ROI and helped the company promote itself as an industry leader. More importantly, GSI’s Global Model blueprint and knowledge transfer helped to minimize costs by empowering Reflexite’s employees with the knowledge to implement future sites at international facilities with minimal outside consulting help.