Corporate clothing, personal protective equipment (PPE) and technical garments producer Men's Wearhouse UK (MWUK) has selected a new product lifecycle management (PLM) tool to streamline key processes from design to supplier collaboration.

The company, the UK subsidiary of Tailored Brands, consists of the Dimensions, Alexandra and Yaffy businesses, has a turnover of GBP135m (US$167m), clothes over 4m wearers and dispatches more than 17m garments every year.

In common with many businesses, MWUK use a number of business systems to manage the design, product development and sourcing processes. Whilst these systems provide a reasonable level of support to the business, the processes are time consuming, prone to errors and unable to provide management with the fast access to accurate information and the visibility, coordination and control essential to driving further improvements in business performance.

In order to support growth, and to respond competitively to market demands for increased speed to market and efficiency, the company recognised the need to update existing systems with an integrated, core system for managing key processes from design and product development to sourcing.

Following a series of detailed business process workshops and a conference room pilot, it selected Fast React's browser based, Visionng e-PLM, which will be implemented in a phased project to cover PLM, supply chain and MRP.

The solution will provide fast, global access to up-to-date, accurate information, and early warning of any potential issues allowing proactive action to drive improved business performance. Crucially, it will support more streamlined processes and provide tools required to compress lead time and improve efficiency.

"The functionality that is available as standard in the solution is very flexible and can be easily configured to meet our needs, without limiting the scope for any future business process changes, that may be required," explains Richard Bimson, supply chain analyst at MWUK.

While sourcing director Gill Oliver adds: "We are confident that when deployed, the Visionng e-PLM software will provide us with the up-to-date information necessary to help us to streamline our product development process and further improve the level of service offered to our wide customer base."

The modular software system is configured to specific business requirements, with the MWUK solution including a bi-directional Ai plug-in, Range Planning, Product Manager, Sample Manager, BOM and Material Manager, Costing, Critical Path, Supplier Collaboration and full reporting capabilities.