The 4-Month PLM Implementation Story

Posted by Maeve Sugrue on 23-Mar-2017 08:00:00

4 months is a long time in fashion. It’s the time it takes for a whole season to change, and seemingly when it comes to digital transformation at Mustang, 4 months is how long it takes for a PLM implementation.

For those of you who don’t know, Mustang GmbH are the oldest denim manufacturer in Europe. With 80 years of denim experience covering most of Europe for both retail and wholesale, their span is vast. While they managed to achieve this formerly using the likes of Excel, local lists, and BOMs made in Adobe AI, they knew that a heritage business shouldn't mean heritage it IT architecture.

We were working with a lot of local lists, a lot of mistakes, and a lot of time consumed looking for the most recent list. We wanted to make a big step into the future, not just for the present, but to be ready for the future.

Their challenge was to step into the future and gain more control over their product lifecycle, which in turn would reduce supply-chain inefficiencies and shorten time to market. They selected their PLM system, and in no less than four months it was rolled out.

In this video from PI Apparel in Berlin, Julia Dubowy, Director of Operations at Mustang shares how they achieved this rapid IT systems transformation and how it reshaped the way they do business.

We have shorter meetings as the data is accessible and 40% fewer questions during the product development process. We can easily assess our suppliers and are always up to date. Overall our process is 30% faster

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Topics: PLM, IT Architecture, Implementation, Digital Transformation

Supply Chain Efficiency In Under 12 Months

Posted by Maeve Sugrue on 21-Sep-2016 13:53:32

The future has arrived and its automated, yet many manufacturers are still living in the spreadsheet stone age.

The same was true of Sport Obermeyer. An overcustomised IT system that no one knew how to use, meant people were relying on spreadsheets. What’s wrong with spreadsheets the Luddites ask?

Obermeyer's cost margins were out by as much as 10%, and a high maintenance system that was near impossible to extract data from was starting to affect the bottom line, and ultimately see the company out of business.

Enter Greg Bannister, COO, who within a year, completely transformed the IT Infrastructure with “the most aggressive strategy anyone has ever heard of". With a new ERP system fully implemented in a 3 month turnaround, warehouse management in 4, PLM in 5, and supply chain before the year was out, Obermeyer now have a far more efficient supply chain with a single database across all platforms.

The end result? A much more successful company. In this PI Apparel interview, Greg shares how he managed this momentous system overhaul, and why a 'sink or swim' implementation really is the only way to go.

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Topics: PLM, Supply Chain, IT Transformation, IT Architecture, ERP, Interview, New Systems Implementation

Is Wearable Technology Fashion's New 'Little Black Dress'?

Posted by Maeve Sugrue on 14-Sep-2016 16:58:12

It’s changing the world. Not only in apparel or luxury goods, but in every industry across the board. - Frank Furlan 

Wearable technology has been around for some time and the general consensus in the fashion industry is that it’s here to stay. Some go one step further in saying this is one ‘trend’ all brands must adopt to stay viable. As such, fashion, apparel and footwear brands are looking to other industries to see how their products can become a 'wardrobe staple' by serving multiple purposes.


This is a concept that has come up a great deal at past PI Apparel events. Brands like adidas, Under Armour, Target and THE UNSEEN have shown us how their clothing and accompanying technologies can measure and maximise athletic performance. Taking this one step further, and one step closer to the global consumer rather than just athletes, Frank Furlan, former President of The Swatch Group points to FitBit as a brand that leads in this field.

With 21.4 million connected health and fitness devices sold in 2015 alone*, they have clearly nailed the concept that now more than ever we are obsessed with living longer through living healthier, and have turned their wearable technology into a staple .

“The real benefit of wearable technology whether worn on the wrist or another part of the body is that it brings control and power through education and awareness back to the consumer. Through all the data it processes, it allows me to get a better understanding of the variables that affect my life”

As a passionate advocate of healthcare ecosystem improvements, Frank firmly believes that smart-tech is a must for brands to stay relevant to the consumer – and ultimately to survive.

We interviewed Frank to see where these waves in wearables and beyond will be made. In particular:

  • What has had the biggest impact on growth in wearables
  • The type of data analytics platform required to process wearable data
  • How wearable tech will challenge current systems architecture
  • The emerging technologies that will re-shape the industry
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Topics: Wearables, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Wearable Technology, Connected Devices, IT Architecture, Data Analytics

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