Republic-Umbrella, Metalix increase capacity with Sage ERP X3

Johannesburg, 19 Apr 2011

Republic-Umbrella and Metalix, considered market leaders in their respective fields of the manufacture and supply of quality umbrellas, outdoor leisure products, charcoal barbeques and bakeware, have increased their capacity since the implementation of the Sage ERP X3 integrated end-to-end management system.

Sage ERP X3 allowed the group to punch through the imaginary glass ceiling, effectively removing the business constraint its former ERP system posed due to antiquated order capture and invoicing processes.

The prevailing economic environment has had a dramatic change in how businesses order their stock, says Guy Hamlin, joint Managing Director of Republic-Umbrella.

“Instead of spreading orders throughout the month, an emerging trend is manifesting where customers order in a condensed time, which places a great deal of strain on stock holding and necessitates the need to manage our working capital more effectively. Our existing ERP system could not cope with the capacity at which Republic-Umbrella is operating at present. Metalix was, however, operating on a different platform that operated more fluently, and the strategic decision was made to manage both operations from the same platform."

Cerrex Consulting, a Sage ERP X3 solutions provider for Softline Accpac, facilitated the process of installing one consolidated management process that runs across the entire spectrum of the enterprise.

“Sage ERP X3 focuses on superior functionality that is not complicated. Republic-Umbrella required comprehensive reporting capabilities across both its companies and all its modes of operation. The new system will allow them to drill down and sideways, even from a bottom level transaction, which its previous system simply did not offer. The reporting capabilities that Sage ERP X3 holds is therefore a significant upgrade,” explains Dharini Raidoo, CEO of Cerrex.

The group needed software that would take it to the next level by providing rich and fully-integrated functionality. Software integration does not simply mean that applications are working together but that they exchange real-time information, share a common database and user interface and, more importantly, they evolve together.

Sage ERP X3 was implemented to operate in all areas of the group's business processes that includes accounting and financial management, purchasing, inventory, sales, customer relationship management and manufacturing.

“Cerrex did a business needs analysis and suggested the Sage ERP X3 solution, which we decided upon. We launched into a series of consultation sessions where Cerrex analysed the company and considered the existing database and data structure and how that would be incorporated into the new system. A formal presentation illustrated how the proposed system would operate and integrate into the group,” Hamlin explains.

The implementation process was orchestrated with the target of creating as little disruption as possible. “The process has been a learning curve for all staff members involved. The system is Windows-based which makes it easier to operate, and the support we received from Cerrex on the ground in terms of training has been excellent. The entire implementation has not been without its snags, which are expected, and we are working through them to enable the system to run smoothly,” Hamlin says.

Sage ERP X3 is a Web-based software platform that offers a complete business solution. Manufacturing operations have so many additional aspects and operations to oversee that an integrated ERP system is imperative.

“The technological solutions offered in Sage ERP X3 is the best suited to the group's needs. The ability to synchronise a system across a large base of operation is perpetuated in the scalability and functionality of Sage ERP X3,” says Keith Fenner, Vice-President of Sales at Softline Accpac.

Republic-Umbrella and Metalix are operational in South Africa, and export to Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Mauritius, Tanzania, UK, Italy and Australia, and are poised for further growth.

Sage ERP X3's integrated design provides all the functions needed now and in the future, allowing the ERP system to grow as the group grows, without requiring costly upgrades or module add-ons.


Softline Accpac

Softline Accpac is a provider of business management solutions, including financial, distribution, service management, retail, warehouse management, manufacturing and CRM to the mid-range market. Accpac solutions are delivered to 130 countries exclusively through a global network of solution providers, including over 150 throughout Africa. Softline Accpac's product line includes: Accpac ERP, Accpac CRM, Accpac RMS, Service Manager and Accpac Insight. Softline Accpac also distributes Sage SalesLogix, Sage Geode and Sage ERP X3, a full-service enterprise management software system for mid-to-large businesses.

With a choice of languages, currencies, enterprises, locations and legislations, Sage ERP X3 offers an efficient, multi-company solution.


Softline is a leading provider of accounting, payroll, CRM and ERP software solutions to small, medium and large companies. Founded in 1988 by Ivan Epstein, Alan Osrin and Steven Cohen, Softline was established during the formative years of the software industry and listed on the JSE Securities Exchange South Africa in February 1997. Softline expanded to establish a strong position within its area of focus in South Africa and Australia. Focused on the development of accounting, payroll, CRM and ERP software solutions, Softline has a 20-year track record as a market leader. The group has a broad range of products offering users a variety of software solutions to run their businesses efficiently.

Softline's leading brands include Softline Accpac, Softline Pastel (Accounting and Payroll) and Softline VIP. The combination of the group's product offerings provide Softline customers with comprehensive, well-branded accounting, payroll, CRM and ERP software solutions. In November 2003, Softline was acquired by the Sage Group plc, a FTSE 100 company. The software group includes market-leading businesses throughout the United Kingdom, Europe, North America, South Africa and Australia, supplying business software to the small, medium and large business community. Softline has a solid track record of profitability and cash generation. The group delivers quality accounting, payroll, CRM and ERP software solutions that improve the efficiencies of businesses around the world.

The Sage Group plc

The Sage Group plc is a leading global supplier of business management software and related products and services, principally for small to medium-sized enterprises. Formed in 1981, Sage was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989. Sage has 6.3 million customers and 13 400 employees worldwide. We operate in over 24 countries covering the UK, Europe, North America, South Africa, Australia, India and China. For further information, please visit

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