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Articles by Lee Adendorff
It may sound like tautology, but planning really does work better when well planned. Indeed, planning to implement a planning tool is no small feat, and introducing a product lifecycle management PLM solution to an apparel business has a lifecycle all of its own.
Product lifecycle management (PLM) has become so entrenched in modern manufacturing that it has spawned its own academic discipline and a massive body of research. And some common themes are evident when it comes to selecting a PLM vendor.
Companies trying to determine if product lifecycle management (PLM) software solutions are right for them should note that size is not an obstacle; these systems can be useful to businesses of nearly any size.
Faster time-to-market is perhaps one of the clearest advantages of product lifecycle management (PLM) software, as greater supply chain transparency enables more efficiencies to be made, from the designer’s pen to the store shelf. But connecting to other business processes through PLM, such as retail metrics, supplier inventory as well predictive analytics to forecast consumer choices, is opening up an array of new business possibilities.
A new textile training academy in the city of Solo on the Indonesian island of Java is an important step towards addressing the critical shortage of middle managers in the country's garment industry, according to chairman of the Indonesia textile association Asosiasi Pertekstilan Indonesia (API).
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) and product lifecycle management (PLM) software have become fundamental tools in the quest for excellence in apparel supply chain visibility. And waiting in the wings is blockchain, the technology underpinning the Bitcoin digital currency by providing a register of transactions – whose potential is already being embraced by supply chain experts.
While international clothing buyers today have a lot of sourcing choices, this multiplicity of options can bring its own management headaches, making it important that brands make subtle, complex and fluid purchasing decisions to keep ahead of the competition.
New fabric finishing technologies and recycling initiatives were among the green garment highlights of 2015, but polyfluorinated chemicals, pollution and forced labour came under fire.
2015 was a mixed bag for many garment-making countries. While some saw exports and investments increase in a critically competitive environment, others were burdened by ongoing industrial unrest, allegations of poverty wages and labour violations, sanctions and currency effects.
Investments in new facilities, automation and technology, and worker training schemes paid dividends for some apparel suppliers in 2015, while others were hampered by pay disputes and safety violations.
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