How Triumph Have Used PLM To Extend 130 Years of Innovation

Posted by Maeve Sugrue on 05-May-2017 08:35:00

Triumph has achieved significant growth since it was founded in 1886 as a little corset factory in Germany. Today, the company is present in 120 countries with its core brands, Triumph® and sloggi®, and had 2014 revenues of 1.437 billion euros. As a successful global manufacturer of lingerie, underwear, sleepwear and swimwear, Triumph is continually looking to improve its ability to maximise innovation while simultaneously managing the inherent complexity and scale of their operation.

As a global brand manufacturer, the structure at Triumph is very complex and vast. With three innovation centers, four design centers, five production centers and 3rd party sourcing all spread across Germany, Austria, Hong Kong and Japan, different processes were being used across the board, and information stored in scattered local lists.

Triumph decided that they needed a business enabling technology that would bring these factions under one umbrella, and turned to PLM.

Triumph is going through a business transformation and PLM is one part of it. We know we can be much smarter in developing our products and bringing them to market faster through a global PLM system.

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Topics: PLM, innovation, IT Architecture

PI Apparel Hong Kong Event Review

Posted by Maeve Sugrue on 18-Apr-2017 16:26:51

The team have not long returned from a highly successful brand new addition to the PI Apparel conference world series. Back in 2013, we launched PI Apparel Europe in response to the ever-increasing number of brands attending our cross-industry event, who wanted to examine the crucial role that technology plays – especially in the fast-moving world of fashion, apparel and footwear. While over the last four years we have seen the event grow to the point it regularly sells out in New York, that didn't take away from the nerves launching an event in Asia from a small office in London. I am pleased to say however, we are back at the PI Apparel HQ with smiles all round.

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Topics: Events, Future Technologies, innovation

How To Do Wearable Technology Well

Posted by Maeve Sugrue on 30-Mar-2017 08:40:00


Silk scarf by THEUNSEEN: when draped around the body forms patterns of colour responsive to motion.

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Topics: Wearables, innovation, Wearable Technology

How To Bring An Iconic Brand Into The Digital Age

Posted by Maeve Sugrue on 24-Oct-2016 16:33:19


A recurring theme at PI Apparel Berlin earlier this month, was how those of you working in luxury and legacy brands, which have for decades if not centuries, prided themselves in being heritage labels steeped in tradition, can appeal to a newer, younger and wider audience without alienating traditional customers.

Over the two days we were lucky enough to hear from some of fashion's forward thinkers – including Cathy McGabe, CIO at Jaeger, who is currently spearheading the digital business transformation. The sixties helped establish Jaeger as an iconic luxury brand, but to stay relevant they have to ensure they engage with their customers in the fast moving digital marketplace. Having lead IT-enabled change at Burberry, another iconic British designer brand, Cathy was the ideal person to lead the change, and she joined us at PI Apparel Berlinto share the journey of their digital transformation. 

Here are some of our key takeaways from Cathy’s session:

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Topics: innovation, Digital Transformation

Your journey In 3D Technology

Posted by Maeve Sugrue on 30-Aug-2016 09:12:14

3D technology is a business and design enabler, and with the right tools in place you can improve lead time in today's age of instant gratification, efficiency where many brands are searching for ways to be more profitable, sustainability – a global agenda, and bringing it back to the consumer by enabling them to engage with the design process. However, many apparel brands haven’t embarked on the journey yet.

As PI Apparel Chairman Craig Crawford says in his recent interview on 3D technology in Fashion – there is no wrong way or right way of doing 3D – “the only wrong way of doing it, is to not do it”.

With that in mind, here are 5 tips to help you along your journey:

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Topics: 3D Technology, Future Technologies, innovation

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