Liz Claiborne Inc. Selects Company-wide PLM Standard

Product lifecycle management to improve collaboration, configuration capabilities and reduce time-to-market for fashion designer

Needham, MA — October 12, 2005 — PTC has announced that Liz Claiborne Inc., a designer and marketer of fashion apparel and accessories for everyone from infants to adults, has standardized on PTC Retail, Footwear and Apparel Solution for enterprise product lifecycle management (PLM).

PTC said the solution uses Windchill, its Web-based product data management and collaboration solution, to upgrade the product development process in the retail, footwear and apparel industry.

The provider commented that the retail, footwear and apparel product development process is complex, and companies are challenged to reduce time-to-market and product costs while improving product quality and information exchange. Liz Claiborne said, in particular, it required a solution that would optimize its product development processes to support its transformation to a highly integrated supply chain development model.

Liz Claiborne explained that it will use the Retail, Footwear and Apparel Solution to enhance global product development by improving value chain collaboration throughout the product lifecycle. One of the biggest challenges in the global product development process is managing and controlling access to product data and imagery. Liz Claiborne said this is especially important when a company collaborates on designs internally, as well as with suppliers from around the world.

"The business landscape in which we operate is changing, and we are adopting aggressive strategies and global infrastructure investments to drive future growth, said John Sullivan, senior vice president of Systems, Sourcing and Service, Liz Claiborne Inc. Implementation of PLM-based technologies will enable a more agile, collaborative and integrated product design and development process across the entire value chain. Supply chain optimization is integral to developing and delivering compelling, trend-right products in an increasingly competitive business environment.

Sullivan added that in alignment with Liz Claiborne's business transformation and vision, PTC was chosen as its single source provider of PLM solutions based on the company's technology, company scale, stability and success in the Retail, Footwear and Apparel markets.