US: Fashion Avenue Sweater Knits taps PLM and SCM tools

7 August 2013 | News | Source: Leonie Barrie

Fashion Avenue Sweater Knits, a leading importer of children's and women's apparel, has gone live on NGC's fashion PLM and Supply Chain Management (SCM) solution.

Fashion Avenue Sweater Knits is a privately held New York-based company that supplies apparel to such leading retailers as Wal-Mart, Kohl's, Macy's, Belks and Dress Barn.

The company previously relied on manual and repetitive processes that made workload control and collaboration a consistent struggle.

"Processes were unique to individuals rather than departments or the organisation," said Austin Mallis, vice president of operations at Fashion Avenue Sweater Knits. "Workloads could not be managed, and we had no tools to understand where we stood on specific styles or orders."

The new solution is helping to get the product developed and produced in the most timely and effective way.

Benefits are said to include streamlined workflow and improved collaboration by standardising all PLM and SCM processes. Seamless data sharing has also helped reduce the volume of email and daily information requests by 40%, and workflow calendars and exception management tools ensure accountability throughout the design/production process.

Fashion Avenue Sweater Knits has also been able to reduce product development time and achieve faster speed to market.