Leatherwear manufacturer Excelled Sheepskin & Leather Coat Corporation has rolled out NGC's Extended PLM software, in a move that replaces the spreadsheets previously used to manage production of 300,000 SKUs across its brands.

The completed spreadsheets with photos, measurements and other attachments often exceeded 200MB, making them too large to email and resulting in communications delays with Excelled's factories. As a result, deadlines and deliveries often ran late.

"The fact that NGC's Extended PLM is web-based was a big plus for us," said Enrico Bozzetti, IT director for Excelled Sheepskin & Leather Coat Corporation. "We needed a solution that would allow us to communicate in real-time to factories in the middle of nowhere."

The company says benefits so far include improved communications with its factories, resulting in faster speed to market and better supply chain collaboration.

"With NGC, all our communications are centralised, and we can have multiple people collaborating on projects in real-time," Bozzetti added.

"Once a style is set up, we can enter measurements and other information, even while our team is still collaborating on the number of pockets, buttons and other details. The information is immediately available to our factories; they can look at the construction details and guidelines and then quickly provide cost breakdowns.

"Once we approve the estimates, we can post POs on the system, see when they're accepted, and be alerted of any discrepancies, allowing us to quickly resolve any issues."

The company has implemented the software across all of its brands, including Reilly Olms and Rogue.