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Blockchain Academy to share supply chain knowledge

31 January 2019 | Beth Wright

Blockchain platform SophiaTX has launched a Blockchain Academy, designed to provide business professionals with the know-how to transform companies.... read more

SAP to enhance experience management with Qualtric buy

14 November 2018 | Michelle Russell

Software giant SAP is to acquire technology platform Qualtrics International in an US$8bn deal that will bring experience management to supply chains, networks and core processes.... read more

Open source platform integrates blockchain with SAP

10 October 2017 | Michelle Russell

The first ‘open source’ platform has been developed integrating SAP software and blockchain in a move that could help companies deliver efficiencies, better collaborate along the value chain and shape their business models.... read more

SAP and Detego deal gives inventory insight

24 May 2017 | Leonie Barrie

European retail software provider Detego, which specialises in real-time business intelligence for the fashion retail industry, is partnering with SAP to offer in-store analytics fully integrated on the SAP Cloud Platform.... read more

Software for financial planning and operations

2 December 2016 | Kitty So

Clothing brands and manufacturers wanting to maximise their financial performance are being offered an increasingly varied and sophisticated array of software systems to guide their planning and operations.... read more

PTC joins SAP PartnerEdge programme

26 September 2016 | Beth Wright

PTC is to make its ThingWorx Internet of Things (IoT) technology available on the SAP HANA platform after joining the SAP PartnerEdge programme as a partner that designs, develops and builds software integrated with SAP solutions.... read more

SAP to develop vertical fashion tool with Accenture

13 September 2016 | Beth Wright

Software company SAP has partnered with global management consultant Accenture to develop a "next-generation" fashion management solution to enable vertical integration across retail, wholesale and manufacturing channels. ... read more

Tools to help choose an apparel PLM vendor

4 August 2016 | Lee Adendorff

Product lifecycle management (PLM) has become so entrenched in modern manufacturing that it has spawned its own academic discipline and a massive body of research. And some common themes are evident when it comes to selecting a PLM vendor.... read more

How to determine if PLM is right for your company

3 August 2016 | Lee Adendorff

Companies trying to determine if product lifecycle management (PLM) software solutions are right for them should note that size is not an obstacle; these systems can be useful to businesses of nearly any size.... read more

Brooks Brothers selects software tool for visibility

19 January 2016 | Michelle Russell

US retailer Brooks Brothers has implemented fashion management software that it says will allow it to gain better control of its global supply chain.... read more

SAP develops merchandise retail planning tool

18 January 2016 | Michelle Russell

Software company SAP SE has launched a merchandise planning application for retailers, which it says enables easier planning for sales, margin and inventory. ... read more

Local-for-local shapes Under Armour manufacturing vision

26 October 2015 | Leonie Barrie

Having set out plans to double annual revenues to US$7.5bn by 2018, US sportswear giant Under Armour is adding more detail on the building blocks that will help to achieve its big-picture ambitions – including a shake-up of the way it makes its products.... read more

Attune Fashion Suite offers integrated platform

12 January 2015 | Michelle Russell

Tech solutions provider Attune Consulting has developed a new suite that it says will enable apparel companies to bring wholesale, manufacturing and retail operations onto a single integrated platform.... read more

FRANCE: Lectra appoints Microsoft director Elalouf as MD

16 June 2014 | Michelle Russell

Technology solutions provider Lectra has appointed Microsoft executive Karen Elalouf as its managing director for France as the firm looks to accelerate growth in its home market.... read more

US: Tommy Hilfiger Europe picks new vertical fashion tool

10 June 2014 | Katie Smith

Tommy Hilfiger Europe will be the first customer to implement a new vertical tool designed to help fashion wholesalers and manufacturers become omnichannel retailers.... read more

US: Life is Good rolls out software to support growth

6 March 2014 | Leonie Barrie

Fashion and lifestyle brand 'Life is Good' has partnered with Attune Consulting to implement a number of technology initiatives to support its growth and meet demand for its clothing and accessories in the US and globally.... read more

US: Attune and SAP team up on vertical fashion tool

5 February 2014 | Leonie Barrie

Software companies Attune Consulting and SAP are teaming up to design and develop a new vertical tool to help fashion wholesalers and manufacturers become omnichannel retailers.... read more

KENYA: Kenafric Industries invests in ERP platform

4 December 2013 | Leonie Barrie

Kenafric Industries, one of Africa's largest manufacturers of products ranging from footwear to food and stationery, has deployed Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software to drive greater efficiencies throughout the organisation.... read more

US: Attune introduces fashion retail ERP solution

8 October 2013 | Leonie Barrie

Software provider Attune Consulting has launched a new retail enterprise resource planning (ERP) tool designed specifically for fashion brands operating their own retail stores.... read more

CHINA: Yida jeans factory meets sustainability milestones

7 October 2013 | Leonie Barrie

In its quest to improve the sustainability of its business, the latest milestones achieved by Crystal Group's Zhongshan Yida Apparel jeans making facility highlight its progress in reducing the carbon footprint of each garment made.... read more

US: Crocs selects PLM for footwear product development

2 July 2013 | Leonie Barrie

Footwear maker Crocs Inc is implementing product lifecycle management (PLM) software to help manage its product development process, including concept, design and sourcing.... read more

Software solutions: New tools develop in diverse directions

1 July 2013 | Lee Adendorff

Given their rapid evolution over recent years, it is difficult to predict where ERP and PLM will be a few years from now. Increased compatibility, cloud-based systems, social media mining, and on-demand manufacturing tools will undoubtedly have an increasingly important part to play.... read more

Software solutions: PLM becomes more sophisticated and connected

1 July 2013 | Lee Adendorff

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software has undergone a profound change over recent years, dominated by three catchwords: integration, cloud computing and social design.... read more

Software solutions: ERP systems offer apparel-specific options

1 July 2013 | Lee Adendorff

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software solutions have become powerful and numerous, allowing apparel companies to manage vast amounts of complex data under one umbrella, from finance, stock and manufacturing processes to distribution.... read more

ITALY: Benetton implements WFX PLM across South Asia

28 November 2012 | Leonie Barrie

Benetton is rolling out the WFX On-demand web-based PLM solution across its South Asian operations to help manage product development and production and to collaborate with its vendor base.... read more

INDIA: SEL opts for Datatex ERP solution

3 May 2012 | Richard Woodard

Textile business SEL Manufacturing has implemented an ERP solution from provider Datatex, going live in about five and a half months since the project was begun.... read more

US: TXT adds new release to integrated planning tool

18 January 2012 | Leonie Barrie

TXT e-solutions has unveiled the latest release of its integrated retail planning solution, which has been updated with new functionality and improvements.... read more

US: Brown Shoe names Mark Schmitt as CIO

9 January 2012 | Leonie Barrie

Retailer Brown Shoe Company Inc has named Mark Schmitt as its new chief information officer, tasked with leading the company's IT initiatives.... read more

US: Brown Shoe to shutter stores and shed more brands

22 November 2011 | Leonie Barrie

Footwear firm Brown Shoe Company Inc is to shed more businesses, including all of its children's wholesale and some women's specialty and private brands, as it tries to realign its business and improve profitability.... read more

US: Brown Shoe to close distribution centre

16 November 2011 | Leonie Barrie

Footwear retailer Brown Shoe Company Inc is planning to close its distribution centre in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin next year as it tries to realign its business and reduce excess capacity in its network.... read more

US: Levi Strauss to implement business intelligence tool

6 October 2011 | Leonie Barrie

Jeanswear giant Levi Strauss & Co has selected Capgemini to develop an integrated business intelligence (BI) and data warehouse platform that will analyse the data flowing within the company.... read more

US: Visual 2000 and Clientis-S3G team on PLM for SAP

30 August 2011 | Leonie Barrie

A new deal between two software companies is expected to lead to an integrated PLM tool that will fill gaps in the fashion design, product development, and sourcing processes for businesses running the SAP apparel and footwear solution in North America, Brazil, and India.... read more

US: Toning, IT mis-steps push Brown Shoe to Q2 loss

26 August 2011 | Leonie Barrie

Footwear firm Brown Shoe Company Inc has blamed falling demand for toning footwear and ongoing costs of its SAP information technology system for pushing it to a second quarter loss, and says it is selling its men's basketball brand AND 1.... read more

US: Brown Shoe to sell AND 1 basketball brand for $55m

26 August 2011 | Leonie Barrie

Footwear firm Brown Shoe Company Inc is selling its men's basketball brand AND 1 to newly-formed brand management company Galaxy International for $55m in cash.... read more

BRAZIL: BASF invests EUR500m in acrylic complex

24 August 2011 | Leonie Barrie

Chemicals giant BASF is investing more than EUR500m (US$723m) to set up a world-scale acrylic acid complex in Brazil that will supply products including acrylic resins for coatings and textiles.... read more