Infor today announced that Xtep (Group) Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer and distributor of casual sports apparel, footwear and accessories in China, has gone live with the product lifecycle management solution, Infor PLM Runtime.  The solution will enable Xtep to streamline workflow, reduce product development times and increase overall productivity and profit.

The sports apparel and footwear industry is a competitive, fast paced industry where styles and fashions are constantly changing. While globalization and outsourcing are crucial for success and survival, there is also the increasing pressure to reduce time-to-market, from design to production. Deploying systems that support and facilitate collaboration is critical. Infor PLM Runtime helps Xtep meet the challenges of increased competition, shortened product cycles and the need to collaborate with clients and partners.

Infor PLM Runtime allows manufacturers to produce and develop styles throughout the product lifecycle. Central to this process is the Product Data Management (PDM) component of Infor PLM Runtime, which contains detailed information used for pre-production, including comprehensive product descriptions, sketches and technical specifications. The PDM component connects all the processes that are part of the development phase, minimizes manual labor and supplies relevant departments, partners and contractors with detailed real time product information.

“We’re impressed by the task reminder function of the Product Data Management component. Because of this function we are better able to manage Bill of Materials and our product development cycle,” said Wang Jiaye, vice president & director of Xtep’s Apparel Center.

“We also believe that Infor PLM Runtime will enhance our efficiency, competitiveness and profitability in the near future,” he said.

Infor PLM Runtime delivers tangible business benefits quickly, providing Xtep with a foundation for successful management throughout the product development lifecycle. The key to increasing Xtep’s responsiveness and reducing risk is effective management of new product development and introduction programs for product launches. From knowledge re-use in design to achieving production and quality targets, Infor PLM Runtime is a proven solution for today’s apparel and footwear companies.

About Xtep (Group) Co Ltd
Founded in 1998, Xtep (Group) Co. Ltd. is a leading manufacturer and distributor of sports casual apparel, footwear and accessories in China. The Xtep Group started its apparel headquarters in Quanzhou, Fujian Province, in 2002. Its design and technology team is now over 500-member strong. With 28 subsidiaries present, Xtep’s sales network spreads throughout China. Under the Xtep Group umbrella, there are three major brands, Xtep, Disney and Koling. Revenue from Xtep brands exceeds RMB2 billion (US$267 million) and its manufacturing capacity reaches 20 million units annually.

About Infor
Infor delivers business-specific software to enterprising organizations. With experience built in, Infor’s solutions enable businesses of all sizes to be more enterprising and adapt to the rapid changes of a global marketplace. With more than 70,000 customers, Infor is changing what businesses expect from an enterprise software provider.