Automating PLM for Apparel and Footwear Retailers and Manufacturers

TradeStone developing product lifecycle management solution to help retailers speed production, increase quality through better supply chain collaboration

The Cost of Development

Collaborating to Save Time and Money

  • Time and Action Calendars — Quality Assurance and Control milestones are key to product design and production, so keeping tabs on those benchmarks is critical to the full process. TradeStone said its PLM for Retail enables alerting, thereby promoting real-time collaboration to resolve issues and keep product moving toward the store shelves.

  • BOM Aggregator — Testing fabrics and trims begins before garments are ever assembled and continues through delivery. By understanding where common components, such as fabrics, trims and accessories, are used throughout the collection, retailers can address quality testing failures across multiple products.

  • Component Library — Retailers traditionally work off a base of approved configurations for a given season or for product families. The Component Library enables them to have a database of approved designs, as well as configurations or pieces, such as fabrications, buttons, zippers, trims, embellishments, etc. With bulk purchases of these key components, merchants can not only receive better pricing on raw materials, but also take advantage of leftover fabrics and trims to create additional items such as accessories or limited edition specials, TradeStone said.

  • Packaging Specifications — All too often, packing specifications are left up to the supplier, arriving at the retailer's distribution centers only to be rejected. With the TradeStone solution, hang-tags, care labels and inventory control tags can be specified in advance, stored in the component library and used on multiple garments.

  • Party Scorecard — Retailers and manufacturers want to build their relationships with confidence in the quality of their raw materials and finished goods even when their trading partners are across the globe. The Party Scorecard enables retailers to pre-qualify suppliers for a particular order based on their previous work and certifications and grade them on the quality of new orders received, TradeStone said. The Scorecard is also a tool for suppliers, enabling them to rate retailer timeliness with feedback, problem resolution and payment information.

  • Integration with Google Earth — TradeStone PLM for Retail integrates with Google Earth, a geospatial locator application, so retailers and vendors can identify their network of approved testing facilities to speed product through the rigors of testing. This can reduce travel expenses by auto-assigning resources based on commodity expertise, inspection locations and resource availability, TradeStone said.
Focus on Quality

Monitoring Testing on a Global Scale

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