Dear Valued Stein Mart Vendor Partner;
On December 22nd, 2015 Stein Mart issued the email below notifying our vendor community of our decision to postpone the implementation of the New PO Structure Initiative. This project dramatically changes our future PO structure and therefore requires vendors to complete testing of the new EDI mapping.
In this email, I explained the EDI testing requirement is a single component of a much larger internal initiative aimed at enhancing capabilities and improving efficiencies both internally as well as with our vendor partners. The foundation of this initiative is dependent on significant modifications to our internal systems.
After completing a comprehensive review of the current status of the project in relation to the restrictions our business calendar imposes on the implementation timeline, Stein Mart has concluded the implementation of the project must be extended to Spring of 2017. The specific implementation date will be announced later this year.
Stein Mart understands and appreciates many of our vendors have already completed the testing requirement. Please be assured – if this is the case further testing will not be necessary. If you have registered for testing, but have not yet completed the testing, we encourage you to do so in anticipation of the implementation. As we have stated previously, only vendors who have complete the testing prior to the project implementation date will be converted to our new format upon go live.
I understand you may have questions relating to how this decision impacts each of you individually. If this is the case – please feel free to reach out to me personally at email@example.com or the telephone number listed below. I will do everything possible to address your concerns.
Again, on behalf of Stein Mart, I would like to express our most sincere appreciation for all your previous efforts and continued patience as we continue toward our mutual goal of driving sales with a dedication to continuous improvement.
Director - Supply Chain Performance
1200 Riverplace Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32207