The latest release of Dassault Systèmes’ Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) platform has been designed to connect apparel sourcing and production offices to brand and retail headquarters.

The company says the Enovia Apparel Accelerator for Sourcing and Production manages not only sampling, testing, RFQ (Request for Quote) and costing activities, but also related pre-production activities.

This means apparel brands can refine their global sourcing plan strategies to a combination of supplier, factory, factory or country of origin (COO) – enabling analysis and implementation of sourcing distribution, budgeting and workload plans.

Vendor capacity plans may be generated and validated directly with the supply base directly.

And pre-purchase order related assortment details can be managed by sourcing, allowing pre-production related activities to be tracked and managed without needing to generate a FGPO (Finished Goods Purchase Order).

As part of the V6R2010 package there is also a new tool called V6 PLM Express, which has been tailored specifically for mid-market businesses and small teams within large organisations.

In recent months, says Dassault, its V6 collaborative platform has been adopted by apparel firms including Guess, UnderArmour, and Trent Ltd.