Integrated Supply Chain
What is Integrated Supply Chain?
Integrated supply chain is the process of connecting everyone in the supply chain, centralizing disparate systems and partner networks for seamless data flow across the supply chain. It automates the apparel, footwear & accessories business processes and the manual tasks involved.
Integrated supply chain is a program of digital transformation that relies on various technologies like B2B integrations, digital product creation tools, CAD integrations, PLM solutions, etc.
Apparel, footwear, & accessories brands and retailers should rely on the integrated supply chain to compete and thrive in changing marketplace. A integrated supply chain helps faster and better decision making, enhances collaboration, improves speed-to-market and controls costs.
What are the Challenges of connecting supply chain systems?
Apparel and footwear business is competitive in nature, so the companies should try out certain permutations and combinations to maintain an efficient operation. Lack of communication, collaboration and consistency results in silos of information.
Role of Enterprise Systems
Every software claims to be the best in class for managing all business processes of Apparel and Footwear Companies. In reality, each system has its distinct strengths, and companies have challenges to define the master data and business processes relevant to each software.
Employees spend a lot of their time searching for resources, documents, and relevant information to do their tasks. They should again use different tools, manually transfer data between them, log in & log out frequently, etc..
Companies do not have in-house expertise with multiple technologies and a good understanding of data flows. Best practices of integration and proven methodologies are missing to successfully integrate enterprise systems.
Lack of communication & collaboration
When teams are working on a single project, it is necessary that they are connected through the system. Lack of collaboration and communication may lead to increased time to market, reduced efficiency and productivity.
What are the different enterprise systems that can be integrated as part of supply chain?
2D Pattern System
2D Pattern Design Software helps you create faster cycles and produce products that fit your customer requirements. It helps you to seamlessly create digital patterns and pattern sizing along with eliminating hundreds of manual steps in the design-development process. Moreover, you can also import any file using industry-standard formats. The software will have an intuitive user interface that is customizable to your requirements. The 2D pattern grading tools are easy-to use as they enhance and streamline the grading process. Hence, the software helps you create a range of sizes for a single garment design.
3D Design Software
3D Design software revolutionizes the garment design process with true-to-life 3D garment simulation. It helps in faster product development, increases accuracy, shortens your calendar, and enhances your designing capability. Integrating 3D design software will help you make any modifications to 2D patterns, colors, textures and finishing details. The software has a simple and intuitive user interface wherein even beginners can easily learn it. It can accurately emulate drape-sensitive fabrics. Reduces design preparation time and helps you quickly dive in to the design process with prepared blocks. Helps you eliminate unnecessary physical sampling and shipping costs by seeing all changes immediately on 3D samples.
Quality & Order Management System
The quality and order management system compresses the supply chain process, helps apparel & footwear brands and retailers with assortment planning, release products faster into the market, easily board new suppliers and eliminate redundancies, and deliver products ahead of customer expectations. All the product information is centralized so that anyone working to release the product will have access to it. When speed to market is critical, the quality and order management software will make you stand out of the competition and work towards success for now and for the future.
Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
PLM software for apparel & footwear industry acts as a single source of truth for all your product related data. It centralizes product information from concept to consumer in real time and makes it actionable. All the team members will be on the same page regardless of location, time zone, language or role. The PLM software will help you react instantly to the changes in the market and respond to what your customers need. Helps you bring products faster into the market eliminating the need to search for data in files and emails.
Product Information Management (PIM)
Product Information Management (PIM) helps build an engaging brand and product experiences with actionable insights. The software offers relevant, personalized, and contextual product experiences. PIM manages the entire information lifecycle of the product. It acts as an end-to-end solution that offers excellence across the information value chain and provides access to all the uses of the apparel & footwear industry.
Digital Material Platform
A digital material platform will help you organize, visualize and source digital materials. Basically, this software uses a basic or advanced material adds some physical properties, performs 2D & 3D digitization, and adds some data to create a digital material. The software includes a digital library that provides a unique user experience, offers a wide range of colors to choose from, you can edit materials and add graphics in 3D, and create a material that matches the realness of the real-life material.
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
An ERP software for apparel & footwear industry offers enhanced coordination of business processes, improves delivery & invoice accuracy, increases customer satisfaction, improves inventory management, reduces expenses, increases efficiency, and shortens order-to-shipment cycle.
The fitting solutions match shoppers with the items that fit them and hide the rest. Fashion brands and retailers can integrate mobile scanning solutions, body scanners, fit surveys, gyroscopic devices, virtual try-on tools to provide enhanced customer experience. These solutions deliver increased satisfaction for shoppers and improve retail economics for brands.
E-Commerce applications help brands and retailers to quickly react to seamless trends and foster new relationships with customers. These applications also fulfill customer’s personalization needs to deliver a unique experience to them. Apparel & Footwear Brands can also accelerate their go-to-market processes to work at digital speed.
What are the ROIs of Integrated Supply chain systems?
- Improved productivity & efficiency:
Integrating apparel software with smart automation solutions will increase the efficiency and productivity of the apparel, footwear, & accessories industry. The integrated supply chain eases the communication & collaboration between teams, automates the product development process, saves time, and helps deliver the product on time.
- Accelerated development timelines:
An integrated supply chain accelerates the product development process. The ultimate goal of developing a product is to cut costs & waste, increase productivity, and supply chain resilience along with maintaining sustainability standards. An integrated supply chain ensures centralized data management for company-wide transparency. This centralized speeds up the product development process to release it faster to the market.
- Reduced costs:
Integrating design tools will enhance effectiveness and reduce design cycle time. Integrated systems simulate product performance to reduce costly design/build/test iterations. These systems initiate efficient and streamlined product development to reduce costs and design cycle time.
- Streamlined process & Integrated product development:
Integrated systems streamline the review and approval process. It provides a clear view to the product development team about the specifications, cost targets, budgets, schedule, and development strategy. Hence, it enhances the decision-making process.
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