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Minimizing Supply Chain Disruptions: Leveraging PLM to Reduce Risk

3/31/2015 - Companies that have implemented PLM should not stop at product adoption. Existing investments in PLM can be leveraged even deeper into the product development process and throughout the entire supply chain to minimize risk and disruptions.

PLUS: Vendor ViewpointInterview with Ken Fearnley, Chief Technology Officer, Simparel

Five Frequently Asked Questions about RFID

1/2/2015 - Adoption of RFID in the apparel industry is on the upswing, but confusion about the technology remains. It’s time to set the record straight about RFID reliability, read rates, cost and more.
PLUS: Vendor ViewpointInterview with Sarath Chandershaker, Vice President and General Manager of Merchandise Visibility and RFID, Checkpoint.

Outlook 2015

12/1/2014 - In this annual report, Apparel’s Editorial Advisory Board members and other apparel executives take a stab at predicting some of the challenges and opportunities we might expect in 2015. What’s the word? Expect further bifurcation of the market into luxury and lower-end product as it mirrors the increasing economic divide, the growth of omnichannel retailing, social media’s increasing influence on the consumer and much, much more.

PLUS: Vendor ViewpointInterview with Steven Quon, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Jesta I.S.

RG Barry Accessorizes with Simparel ERP

11/1/2014 - Once a specialty footwear company, RG Barry is now a multi-brand lifestyle accessories powerhouse charting a path for future growth. It needed an ERP system that could grow with it.

PLUS: Vendor ViewpointInterview with John Robinson, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Simparel

Maximizing the Value of Sampling

11/1/2014 - Smart use of technologies such as PLM, 3D and BI can bring merch, design and tech development teams together to reap more from the sampling process while cutting costs and sample iterations and ultimately getting the right product to market faster.

PLUS: Vendor ViewpointInterview with Luis Velazquez, Business Consultant with Lectra North America

Art Stone Enterprises Wins with Cut-Order Software

10/6/2014 - Creating dance costumes is no waltz in the park. Art Stone Enterprises kicks it up a notch, optimizing cutting-room operations with Lectra’s Optiplan.

PLUS: Vendor ViewpointInterview with Roy Shurling, President of Lectra North America

Making the ROI case for PLM in Retail, Footwear and Apparel

7/1/2014 - An ROI case is typically a key part of a PLM project justification, intended to help build buy-in from the business stakeholders for undertaking the entire project.

PLUS: Vendor ViewpointInterview with Robert McKee, Senior Product Director, Infor Global Fashion Industry Strategy

For Under Armour, Supply Chain Is Key to Becoming a $10-Billion Brand

5/30/2014 - Deploying supply chain, demand planning and inventory optimization software has helped to transform Under Armour’s supply chain into a “force multiplier”as the Baltimore brand chases Nike and adidas into the realm of athletic apparel companies with $5 billion or greater in revenue.

PLUS: Vendor ViewpointInterview with Karin Bursa, Vice President, Logility

Omnichannel in Action: Driving Visibility and Efficiency through Item Level RFID

5/30/2014 - Compared to just a year ago, the retail industry now has a resounding consensus about omnichannel — it is no longer just a trend; it represents the future of retail. However, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done on the back end to ready retailers for the demands of the consumer. 

PLUS: Vendor ViewpointInterview with Sarath Chandershaker, Vice President and General Manager of Merchandise Visibility and RFID, Checkpoint Systems
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