To enhance SMEs competitiveness in European shoe production, SHOENET is developing a design and management platform that is easily integrated and implemented.
Preliminary analysis by the two-year IST programme funded-project found that one of the main reasons that SMEs, well represented in countries like Italy and Spain (which account for more than 65 per cent of European shoe production), have failed to take advantage of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) tools is that they have been created for big corporations. Because of this, their range of use is very limited in terms of IT platforms, operators skills and the management model.
"Some of the problems of the shoe sector in many countries are derived from their small size and the capability to access advanced tools. The project approach is to offer a tool that, after making use of one man-week (no more than 40 hours), a company can interoperate and cooperate with other companies, each of them having their own ERP system or even design," says project manager Enrique Montiel.
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