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Open source platform integrates blockchain with SAP Michelle Russell | 10 Oct 17

The first ‘open source’ platform has been developed integrating SAP software and blockchain in a move that could help companies deliver efficiencies, better collaborate along the value chain and shape their business models.


SAP and Detego deal gives inventory insight Leonie Barrie | 24 May 17

European retail software provider Detego, which specialises in real-time business intelligence for the fashion retail industry, is partnering with SAP to offer in-store analytics fully integrated on the SAP Cloud Platform.


Software for financial planning and operations Kitty So | 2 Dec 16

Clothing brands and manufacturers wanting to maximise their financial performance are being offered an increasingly varied and sophisticated array of software systems to guide their planning and operations.


PTC joins SAP PartnerEdge programme Beth Wright | 26 Sep 16

PTC is to make its ThingWorx Internet of Things (IoT) technology available on the SAP HANA platform after joining the SAP PartnerEdge programme as a partner that designs, develops and builds software integrated with SAP solutions.


SAP to develop vertical fashion tool with Accenture Beth Wright | 13 Sep 16

Software company SAP has partnered with global management consultant Accenture to develop a "next-generation" fashion management solution to enable vertical integration across retail, wholesale and manufacturing channels. 


Tools to help choose an apparel PLM vendor Lee Adendorff | 4 Aug 16

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.


How to determine if PLM is right for your company Lee Adendorff | 3 Aug 16

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.


Brooks Brothers selects software tool for visibility Michelle Russell | 19 Jan 16

US retailer Brooks Brothers has implemented fashion management software that it says will allow it to gain better control of its global supply chain.


SAP develops merchandise retail planning tool Michelle Russell | 18 Jan 16

Software company SAP SE has launched a merchandise planning application for retailers, which it says enables easier planning for sales, margin and inventory. 


Local-for-local shapes Under Armour manufacturing vision Leonie Barrie | 26 Oct 15

Having set out plans to double annual revenues to US$7.5bn by 2018, US sportswear giant Under Armour is adding more detail on the building blocks that will help to achieve its big-picture ambitions – including a shake-up of the way it makes its products.


Attune Fashion Suite offers integrated platform Michelle Russell | 12 Jan 15

Tech solutions provider Attune Consulting has developed a new suite that it says will enable apparel companies to bring wholesale, manufacturing and retail operations onto a single integrated platform.


FRANCE: Lectra appoints Microsoft director Elalouf as MD Michelle Russell | 16 Jun 14

Technology solutions provider Lectra has appointed Microsoft executive Karen Elalouf as its managing director for France as the firm looks to accelerate growth in its home market.


US: Tommy Hilfiger Europe picks new vertical fashion tool Katie Smith | 10 Jun 14

Tommy Hilfiger Europe will be the first customer to implement a new vertical tool designed to help fashion wholesalers and manufacturers become omnichannel retailers.


US: Life is Good rolls out software to support growth Leonie Barrie | 6 Mar 14

Fashion and lifestyle brand 'Life is Good' has partnered with Attune Consulting to implement a number of technology initiatives to support its growth and meet demand for its clothing and accessories in the US and globally.


US: Attune and SAP team up on vertical fashion tool Leonie Barrie | 5 Feb 14

Software companies Attune Consulting and SAP are teaming up to design and develop a new vertical tool to help fashion wholesalers and manufacturers become omnichannel retailers.


KENYA: Kenafric Industries invests in ERP platform Leonie Barrie | 4 Dec 13

Kenafric Industries, one of Africa's largest manufacturers of products ranging from footwear to food and stationery, has deployed Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software to drive greater efficiencies throughout the organisation.


US: Attune introduces fashion retail ERP solution Leonie Barrie | 8 Oct 13

Software provider Attune Consulting has launched a new retail enterprise resource planning (ERP) tool designed specifically for fashion brands operating their own retail stores.


US: Crocs selects PLM for footwear product development Leonie Barrie | 2 Jul 13

Footwear maker Crocs Inc is implementing product lifecycle management (PLM) software to help manage its product development process, including concept, design and sourcing.


Software solutions: New tools develop in diverse directions Lee Adendorff | 1 Jul 13

Given their rapid evolution over recent years, it is difficult to predict where ERP and PLM will be a few years from now. Increased compatibility, cloud-based systems, social media mining, and on-demand manufacturing tools will undoubtedly have an increasingly important part to play.


Software solutions: PLM becomes more sophisticated and connected Lee Adendorff | 1 Jul 13

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software has undergone a profound change over recent years, dominated by three catchwords: integration, cloud computing and social design.


Software solutions: ERP systems offer apparel-specific options Lee Adendorff | 1 Jul 13

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software solutions have become powerful and numerous, allowing apparel companies to manage vast amounts of complex data under one umbrella, from finance, stock and manufacturing processes to distribution.


ITALY: Benetton implements WFX PLM across South Asia Leonie Barrie | 28 Nov 12

Benetton is rolling out the WFX On-demand web-based PLM solution across its South Asian operations to help manage product development and production and to collaborate with its vendor base.


INDIA: SEL opts for Datatex ERP solution Richard Woodard | 3 May 12

Textile business SEL Manufacturing has implemented an ERP solution from provider Datatex, going live in about five and a half months since the project was begun.


US: TXT adds new release to integrated planning tool Leonie Barrie | 18 Jan 12

TXT e-solutions has unveiled the latest release of its integrated retail planning solution, which has been updated with new functionality and improvements.


US: Brown Shoe names Mark Schmitt as CIO Leonie Barrie | 9 Jan 12

Retailer Brown Shoe Company Inc has named Mark Schmitt as its new chief information officer, tasked with leading the company's IT initiatives.


US: Brown Shoe to close distribution centre Leonie Barrie | 16 Nov 11

Footwear retailer Brown Shoe Company Inc is planning to close its distribution centre in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin next year as it tries to realign its business and reduce excess capacity in its network.


US: Levi Strauss to implement business intelligence tool Leonie Barrie | 6 Oct 11

Jeanswear giant Levi Strauss & Co has selected Capgemini to develop an integrated business intelligence (BI) and data warehouse platform that will analyse the data flowing within the company.


US: Visual 2000 and Clientis-S3G team on PLM for SAP Leonie Barrie | 30 Aug 11

A new deal between two software companies is expected to lead to an integrated PLM tool that will fill gaps in the fashion design, product development, and sourcing processes for businesses running the SAP apparel and footwear solution in North America, Brazil, and India.


US: Toning, IT mis-steps push Brown Shoe to Q2 loss Leonie Barrie | 26 Aug 11

Footwear firm Brown Shoe Company Inc has blamed falling demand for toning footwear and ongoing costs of its SAP information technology system for pushing it to a second quarter loss, and says it is selling its men's basketball brand AND 1.


US: Brown Shoe to sell AND 1 basketball brand for $55m Leonie Barrie | 26 Aug 11

Footwear firm Brown Shoe Company Inc is selling its men's basketball brand AND 1 to newly-formed brand management company Galaxy International for $55m in cash.

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