US accessories firm Totes Isotoner Corp has invested in a new PLM solution to speed up product development.

The Cincinnati, Ohio based company supplies umbrellas, footwear, and cold weather accessories, with divisions in the US, Canada, the UK and France. It has chosen to upgrade to Gerber Technology's YuniquePLM solution, and says collaborating across companies with large product lines helps decrease the time from design concept to store shelf.

"It was imperative with our upgrade that collaboration continues to be easy and speed up product development," says Donna Kohring, manager, systems development for Totes Isotoner Corp.

YuniquePLM product lifecycle management software serves as a central repository of critical data and eliminates problems companies often face when using multiple excel spreadsheets, email or tracking documents to communicate throughout the stages of product development and management. YuniquePLM creates a single version of the truth, connecting a company's creative process with their supply chain and production processes.

"We are eager to complete Totes Isotoner's upgrade to YuniquePLM," says Bill Brewster, vice president and general manager, enterprise software solutions at Gerber, adding: "They have been a fantastic, long-standing customer of Gerber. With the recent enhancements to YuniquePLM over the last few years, everyone from designers to production can collaborate seamlessly to deliver products to market quicker."