Always in Style: Why Fashion, Footwear, and Apparel Businesses Need Specialized Software

Fashion trends and omnichannel shopping expectations are constantly growing and changing. To keep pace, fashion, footwear, and apparel businesses have discovered the secret to success: a modern cloud-based ERP software and e-commerce integration.

Modern cloud-based ERP solutions, such as Acumatica, offer fashion, footwear, and apparel businesses order fulfillment, shipping, financial analysis, reporting, and inventory tracking capabilities within one system, to seamlessly unite e-commerce with back-office operations. An ERP for fashion, footwear and apparel businesses helps end-users manage business operations, which translates into increased efficiency and profitability.

Commerce Software in Real Life

According to a Shopify Plus article, the e-commerce fashion industry is expected to hit a $672.71 billion valuation during 2023. The following businesses are successfully operating in the growing industry because they implemented Acumatica’s retail-commerce software, and their real-life experiences drive home the benefits.

Saddleback Leather

Saddleback Leather designs, makes, and sells their “excessively high-quality leather” products online. Founder and CEO Dave Munson has taken the company from selling his first leather bag out of his Land Cruiser to having a factory in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, and headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas, employing hundreds of employees. But it didn’t come about without a few hiccups, including choosing to replace their custom-made financial system with Oracle NetSuite.

“Nothing worked fresh out of the box,” Dave says in the company’s customer success story. “It took 14 developers and systems staff just to make it work. It was proprietary, so anything you wanted changed took 10 times longer than necessary to implement.”

In addition to not being able to use NetSuite’s front end as Saddleback’s first online store (and connecting it to their financials), they were unable to do SEO on their website, needed a programmer to create new product landing pages, and couldn’t get NetSuite to enable customer reviews without it taking three months, which also cost them extra and didn’t come with numbers next to the ratings. After years of frustration, Dave and his team instigated a search for a new ERP system, which led them to Acumatica.

Since joining forces with Acumatica, Saddleback has enjoyed a multitude of benefits, including technology costs down by 33%, ten times the functionality, organic traffic up 45%, accurate inventory, and so much more. Says Dave, “I had a million ideas but all of them were impossible with Oracle NetSuite. Now, I sleep, dream, and hope—three things I was not able to do with NetSuite.”


Shoebacca sells name-brand athletic shoes, accessories, and apparel at competitive pricing via their retail website and online store. The company is also heavily invested in helping local and national communities by supporting youth organizations and charities.

The growing eCommerce retailer relied on disconnected eCommerce software solutions, such as Oracle NetSuite and a home-grown warehouse management system, to help them automate their business processes. Unfortunately, the juxtaposed systems were overpriced, lacked real-time synchronization, and provided limited operational functionality. What they needed was an open and easily extensible solution that was fully integrated, customizable, and affordable—and one that could grow with them.

Upon implementing Acumatica, IT Director Thomas Finney says the single system became their source of truth. “We are an eCommerce retail company, we do all of our product management through Acumatica, we do all of our order management/order fulfillment with Acumatica, and all of our accounting in Acumatica—and we actually do that for multiple companies, as well. Acumatica allows us to connect with third-party solutions to a degree that other ERP solutions don’t have. Acumatica can be molded to our specific needs, which allows us to achieve the highest degree of efficiency and automation that provides for a better bottom line.”

Your Next Steps

A modern cloud-based ERP solution, such as Acumatica, provides unparalleled manufacturing depth with robust financials, native customer relationship management, and powerful business intelligence applications. Contact the ACC Software Solutions team to learn how Acumatica helps companies like yours improve their business processes and achieve sustainable growth.

ACC Software Solutions is the leading ERP cloud provider for the South Jersey and Philadelphia area. At ACC, we offer a full range of business management technology services, including consulting, ERP implementation, targeted training, and ongoing support. We aim to build long-lasting relationships based on trust by committing to support your business goals today, and tomorrow. With over 25 years of software and industry experience, you’re guaranteed to find success with our team.

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