Hart Schaffner & Marx, a subsidiary of casual and golf apparel maker Hartmarx Corporation, is implementing product lifecycle management and shop floor control software as part of its strategy to become a more agile, nimble organisation.

The software, New Generation Computing's (NGC) e-PLM and TPM (The Production Manager), should also help the company become an even stronger partner with its retail customers.  

"Hart Schaffner & Marx is focused on helping our retailers bring increased value to their consumers and differentiate themselves in a very tough business climate," said Shouvik Dutta, the company's vice president of information technology. 

"In order to achieve this, we are implementing more flexible, cost-effective and efficient business and IT processes to give us increased visibility and control of the product lifecycle."

Dutta continued: "We wanted a PLM solution that would transform the product lifecycle and integrate to our enterprise ERP system. At the same time, we needed to gain much tighter control of the factory floor."

Benefits of the software solutions are said to include a reduction in product development cycle time through end-to-end visibility, improved collaboration and automated processes.