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

3D Apparel 2.0 - Connecting PLM & 3D

Posted by Maeve Sugrue on 28-Sep-2016 11:00:00

3D technology has made huge strides within the fashion/apparel space over the last few years with most brands either having already made a solid investment in the area, or at least recognising the need to invest in the near future. While the siloed benefits of digital product creation are already being realised, the true disruptive potential of these tools is only possible if an end-to-end digital ecosystem is created.

When Joshua Young, Former 3D Studio Director with Nike, spoke at PI Apparel New York this summer, he used the metaphor of building a car (3D ecosystem) with one hand tied behind your back (lack of PLM). After all, the benefits of 3D are easily measurable - it has the ability to reduce waste and lead development timelines through digital prototyping, which also has the sustainability factor. But – how can this be done accurately without the holistic view of your garment and its supply chain that PLM provides?

Josh Young, Speaking at PI Apparel New York


Yet, in terms of culture, 3D is often seen more of a creative tool, and PLM an IT tool. Really, the cultural ideal is having designers recognise that should these two platforms work together, the preproduction phase of the value chain will be more efficient for everyone in the long run. Simon Kim, Chief Strategy Officer of CLO Virtual Fashion who are currently taking the apparel world by storm, stresses that if you intend to use 3D to its full potential, it needs to be at the centre of your process innovation.

3D is not merely a tool that fits into the current process to make it a little more efficient."
- Simon Kim, Chief Strategy Officer, CLO Virtual Fashion

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Topics: 3D Technology, PLM

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

IT Systems Transformation: The DKNY Story

Posted by Maeve Sugrue on 06-Sep-2016 13:15:55

For a leaner, more efficient global business, DKNY knew they would need to overhaul their current IT systems architecture. They decided on a full enterprise wide suite of tools including PLM and ERP selecting RLM as a partner, and identified future projects that would arise given the magnitude of the transformation.

To ensure a successful implementation and subsequent systems integrations, they created a complete enterprise-wide system suite roadmap that would minimise disruption to the business, and provide a measurable ROI.

Now in the second phase of their company-wide roll out, VP of Wholesales Applications at DKNY, Cindy Payero shares how, alongside a series of changes to the business, they have been making this momentous change work and grow in tandem.

In this short interview, Cindy shares:

  • How they structured communications 'bottom up' to stay on track with the implementation
  • How a standardised communication process has been used to communicate new systems capabilites to users 
  • How the executive committee has worked with IT for a lean transition
  • How they have measured the ROI of their transformation
  • Which departments have been most influential in the transformation at the various stages

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Topics: PLM, IT Transformation, DKNY, ERP, Implementation, Interview

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