Welsh Paper Begins QAD On Demand Corporate Wide Rollout

Industrial Packaging Company to Deploy QAD SaaS ERP across Five Sites
Jan. 11, 2012 - PRLog -- QAD Inc. (NASDAQ- QADA, QADB), a leading provider of enterprise software and services for global manufacturing companies, announced today that Welsh Paper Company, an industrial packaging manufacturer, has deployed QAD On Demand at Welsh Custom Slitting & Rewinding (Welsh Custom), the company’s newly acquired division, as part of its corporate-wide enterprise resource planning (ERP) rollout.

Welsh Paper, headquartered in Youngsville, North Carolina, provides packaging solutions for industrial manufacturers throughout North America. Welsh Custom was formed in August 2011, when Welsh Paper acquired a slitting and reworking facility from Avery Dennison Corporation.

To enable a seamless transition and ensure business continuity during the acquisition process, Welsh Custom needed an ERP solution that could be deployed rapidly and required few customizations. Welsh Custom turned to QAD On Demand.

QAD On Demand provides the full-strength ERP functionality and the flexible Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery model Welsh Custom required. Additionally, QAD On Demand guarantees users 99.5% system availability, and does not require the new company to acquire internal skills to manage the deployment and day-to-day solution maintenance responsibilities.

“QAD On Demand has enabled us to go live extremely quickly, on time and on budget,” said Brad Welsh, president of Welsh Custom. “More importantly, we completed our acquisition in weeks, not months—keeping our customers and employees happy, which, ultimately, was our most important goal.”

Following the successful QAD On Demand rollout at Welsh Custom, Welsh Paper is now deploying QAD On Demand across all of its divisions. QAD’s rapid Easy On Boarding deployment methodology is being used at all the Welsh Custom locations to standardize on best practices, minimize customizations, and accelerate deployment of the QAD solution. Implementations are underway at the Welsh Packaging and Welsh Foam divisions, with the Welsh Paper and Welsh Wood divisions to follow.

“QAD On Demand is definitely the right choice for us,” added Welsh. “We anticipate a continued return on our investment as we enhance our processes and workflows. We’re looking forward to further successful deployments as we continue deploying QAD On Demand at our other divisions.”

To learn more about QAD On Demand, visit www.qad.com/ondemand.

About Welsh Paper Company
Welsh Paper Company is a family owned and operated company, founded in 1983 by Gordon and Peggy Welsh. Welsh Paper provides standard and custom packaging solutions for the packaging, paper, food service, janitorial, and safety supply industries. The company comprises several independently owned divisions, including Welsh Paper, Welsh Foam, Welsh Custom Slitting & Rewinding, Welsh Wood and Welsh Packaging. The company is headquartered in a 240,000 square foot corporate facility in Youngsville, NC, with warehousing and distribution centers across North Carolina and sales offices throughout North America. For more information, visit www.welshpaper.com.

About QAD
QAD is a leading provider of enterprise applications for global manufacturing companies specializing in automotive, consumer products, electronics, food and beverage, industrial and life sciences products. QAD applications provide critical functionality for managing manufacturing resources and operations within and beyond the enterprise, enabling global manufacturers to collaborate with their customers, suppliers and partners to make and deliver the right product, at the right cost and at the right time. For more information about QAD, telephone +1 805-566-6000, or visit the QAD web site at www.qad.com.

“QAD” is a registered trademark of QAD Inc. All other products or company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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Founded in 1979, QAD has been recognized as a leading provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software applications for global manufacturing companies. Today, QAD enterprise applications leverage advances in Internet and enabling technologies to provide critical functionality for managing manufacturing resources and operations within and beyond the enterprise, enabling global manufacturers to collaborate with their customers, suppliers and partners to make and deliver the right product, at the right cost and at the right time.

QAD enterprise applications are focused and optimized for select manufacturing industry segments: automotive, consumer products, electronics, food and beverage, industrial and life sciences.
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