Denim, apparel and accessories maker Jordache Enterprises has expanded its enterprise resource planning (ERP) software across its worldwide network of factories and business partners.

Benefits from the apparel software tool from RLM are said to include real-time factory visibility, reductions in chargebacks, and integration of multiple companies and business partners in a single ERP system.

Jordache has a worldwide network of owned and sourced manufacturing operations.

"With RLM, we can now monitor the activities in all of our factories around the globe in real-time," said Nick Losquadro, executive vice president of operations.

He added that one of the most tangible benefits has been "to cut our shipment-related chargebacks in half."

It does this by generating specific carton-level packing instructions when the purchase order is created.

After production, the factories scan each individual UPC as they put it into the carton - and the system then tells them exactly what is in each carton before it leaves the factory.

The benefits also extend to the warehouse and distribution processes, Losquadro says.

"We scan all the garments in as we receive them at our distribution centres in New Jersey and Louisiana.

"RLM then enables us to efficiently track movement of inventory, allocate goods, drop customer orders, consolidate bill of lading, track shipments, and manage the entire process."

Jordache designs and manufactures more than 35m garments a year. Its brands include Jordache, Earl Jean, US Polo Assn, Fubu Ladies, and XOXO.

The company also manufactures private label denim for Gap, Tommy Hilfiger, Levi's and Abercrombie & Fitch.