Lawson Software will be unveiling the findings of a newly commissioned survey on sourcing strategies and performance of sportswear companies when it attends the IMB trade show in Cologne later this month.

The report, called ‘The Supply Chain Performance in the Sportswear Sector: Analysis of Key Performance Metrics,’ is designed to help identifying the hidden costs of outsourcing, the key performance metrics that can help sportswear companies benchmark themselves, and how IT can help attain both right quality and low costs.

Lawson will also demonstrate its industry solutions including Lawson Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), QuickStep Fashion, Fashion Planning Workbench, and the recently announced Lawson M3 Analytics.

This solution is intended to help clothing manufacturers simplify deployment of a complete package of business intelligence tools without having to develop analytics tools in-house.

The application includes a specific set of pre-configured key performance indicators (KPIs) and pre-built scorecards providing companies with a more complete, measurable view of their operations in only a few weeks.

“Now more than ever, management needs timely information to make better decisions fast,” said Andrew Dalziel, marketing director Fashion at Lawson.