The new apparel division, Nutmeg, is headed by former Peacocks Managing Director Tim Bettley and is based in Coalville, Leicestershire. Nutmeg operates via a separate supply chain, and utilises an outsourced distribution centre provided by Clipper Logistics Group.
Tim Bettley, Morrisons Commercial Director - Clothing comments: “After rigorously reviewing the marketplace through a tender process, it became apparent to us that Merret has very strong credentials in supporting the development of multichannel fashion retailing. We needed to invest in a system that could provide an end-to-end solution in tight timescales. With the launch of Nutmeg fixed for March 2013 we required a provider who could deliver fast, and with Retail Assist we found this, based on their previous success with other leading retail brands.”
Morrisons has also announced that Merret will become the supply chain system of choice for their existing range of essentials menswear and womenswear.
By implementing Merret, Morrisons joins many of the UK’s leading clothing retailers and brands who are supported by Retail Assist’s supply chain solution, including ASOS, Harvey Nichols, Jacques Vert, Jane Norman, Kitbag, Mint Velvet, Planet, Précis, Windsmoor and Whistles.
Retail Assist’s Chief Executive Officer – Merret, Nigel Illingworth concludes: “We are delighted that Morrisons, one of the UK’s largest retailers, has entrusted Retail Assist to support their new and exciting business venture, alongside the more traditional essentials line. Merret will provide Morrisons with a full suite of supply chain software. With completely integrated merchandise and warehouse management, the system provides accurate and consistent product visibility. We look forward to working in partnership with the Morrisons team to support the future growth of their brand.”
Retail Assist is a leading retail-only IT solutions and services company, providing UK and international retailers with end-to-end business applications and services that reduce costs, optimise retail operations and support higher revenues. The company was the first retail-only IT services provider to be awarded ISO20000 accreditation by the BSI.
Retail Assist clients include ASOS, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, WDF, A|Wear, Paperchase, Whistles, Aurora Fashions, Karen Millen, Cath Kidston, The White Company, Odin Retail, Mint Velvet, Jane Norman, REISS, Crew2000, VUE, Signet, Jacques Vert, Precis, Windsmoor, Planet, Kitbag and White Stuff.
With its Retail Solutions Retail Assist excels in developing, integrating, deploying and supporting customised systems. These include its award-winning Merret supply chain solution. Merret is a real-time, multi-currency, multichannel merchandising, warehousing and stock control solution that covers all areas of the retail supply process. Through working with third parties, Retail Assist also integrates and delivers EPoS systems.
In Managed IT Services, Retail Assist’s proven offerings include 24/365 Help Desk, Technical Services, Operations, Data Centre, Hardware Maintenance and Disaster Recovery. Professional Services cover Retail Business Consultancy and Project Services.