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get those styles into customers' hands in
time. "It's about our product and how
quickly we react while differentiating
ourselves." Berlin says.
Groupe Dynamite has undergone a
major upgrade and redefinition of how
its supply chain will work. Not only is
the company putting new technology
to work, but it also is changing how its
distribution network is structured. Although this is a major undertaking with
a lot of moving parts to consider, Berlin
says Groupe Dynamite is handling the
transition with aplomb and will come
out much stronger.
Shaving off time and improving the
speed to market is a major component
of success for Groupe Dynamite's supply chain, and Berlin says the company is working to improve by changing
its distribution model. After having a
single point of distribution for all of its
products, Groupe Dynamite is expanding to multiple points of distribution
to get products to its stores worldwide
faster. "[We wanted to solve] how do
we create fashion closer to when it actually gets to the stores. This will ensure
we're even more relevant and in the
prime time of when it needs to be there
without all of these supply chain processes bogging it down," Berlin says.

New Technology
Groupe Dynamite has always been
dedicated to finding new ways to improve its operations, and in recent years
the company has placed a significant
emphasis on overhauling its technology

Pivot88
In looking to expand globally, Groupe
Dynamite's Director of Sourcing Strategy and
Business Process needed a solution that
gave her cloud-based, real-time analytics
and "boots-on-the-floor" mobile visibility
into third-party inspection firms. Pivot88
also provided GD with completely customized quality reports and workflow. Learn
about Pivot88's agile 5-day pilot implementation at www.pivot88.com.

platforms in stores and throughout its
supply chain. Berlin says the implementation of platforms such as Pivot88 and
GT Nexus have helped the company
make great strides in improving coordination with its suppliers and vendors.
For example, the use of the cloudbased Pivot88 platform has allowed
Groupe Dynamite to centralize its
operations and utilize any third-party
quality control inspection company as
easily as it would one of its own facilities. Berlin says vendors can log into
Pivot88 software to do inspections and
Groupe Dynamite will have access to
all data on a single dashboard. The GT
Nexus platform will allow the company
to work collaboratively with any freight
forwarder as it continues to grow, which
is expected to open up many more opportunities for Groupe Dynamite.
The company already has seen big
improvements in its merchandising
system after implementing Oracle software about two years ago. Berlin says up
until that point, Groupe Dynamite had
used the same proprietary software for
more than 30 years. The company also
recently updated all of its POS systems
in its stores.
"That in and of itself was a huge investment of time as well as a financial
investment," Berlin says.

Global Presence
The improvements Groupe Dynamite
has made over the last several years have
helped it enormously, especially when it
comes to e-commerce. Berlin says the
company's growth in that area has been
impressive, and would not have been possible without the investments it has made
into technology and supply chain improvements. These improvements also are
expected to sustain Groupe Dynamite in
its continued expansion objectives.
With both the Dynamite and Garage brands expanding throughout the
United States, Berlin says the expectation is that the company's profile continues to get bigger in the future. O
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