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Gadgetwear May Be the Next Wave in Fashion Technology

JW Yates

New York City, New York

A new wave of garments embedded with technological gadgets is on the way to market, and it remains unclear how this will affect the way some products are produced and marketed. As garment makers around the globe keep focused on the next big revolution in textile technology, they may want to consider the upcoming impact of gadget-wear on their supply chain, and on their product management methods.

In the near future consumers will see a great variety of clothes, accessories and other goods which contain some high-tech elements built in. For instance deviantART has recently unveiled the new DA Decibel Collection as part of their deviantWEAR line of low-brow art-inspired urban gear. The Decibel Collection features a set of tech-wired hoodies embedded with built in headphones and audio jack designed for use with an iPod, iPhone or other mp3 audio playing device. http://news.deviantart.com/article/147106/

In addition to clothing, footwear is taking the leap into garment/technology integration. A new line of motorized shoes, designed for use by the elderly, are about to hit the shelves. The shoes, being sold under the brand name Re-Step, were created by researchers at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scottland, and the Israel-based medical company Step of Mind Ltd. Their unique motorized design is intended to help seniors learn to walk again after serious stroke, accidents or other ailments that affect locomotion. http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/re-step

Not only are gadgets working their way into actual garments, but they are also making an impact on how clothing is sold at retailers. Check out the new HelloTag from Moonhwan Lee. This new breed of RFID clothing tag was created to assist elderly consumers make choices while shopping the racks. The HelloTag enables users to check required information of a product—such as size, price, material, etc.—through sound data stored in the RFID tag. By pressing the button on the main device, someone who is unable to read can easily find the detailed particulars of a product.  http://www.tuvie.com/hellotag-lets-elderly-and-handicapped-people-shop-conveniently/

With so many sectors of the garment industry integrating products with electronic components, it is clear that manufacturers of clothing, footwear and accessories must be able to adapt quickly to supply needs. Even if your company has been in business for years, the details of your supply chain may be rapidly expanding to include raw materials and technologies that you are totally unfamiliar with. Now, instead of tracking stocks of raw cotton or printed polyester, you may also have to keep track of audio cables, micro-speakers, RFID tags, mini-motors, wire harnesses, battery packs and countless other gadget components.

In order to maintain a firm handle on all of this product information, it may be necessary for your company to implement a Product Lifecycle Management system, or a Supply Chain Management software tool. As the variety of products in your supply chain increases, it becomes ever more important to oversee every step of your process, from design to delivery. And, as nontraditional components find their way into your supply chain, it is increasingly necessary to cut down on waste and redundancy during product development.

To help you reign in the chaos of today’s ever-changing supply chain, consider investing in a PLM or SCM system like the VerTex system from BMS. Our scalable, customizable PLM toolboxes are designed to handle as many components and changes as the market can throw at you. Tackle unforeseen supply chain challenges with confidence by using a field-tested, industry-specific data management system.

To take a free test drive of the VerTex system, or to find out how BMS can help you overcome your resource management hurdles, please contact us on the web, or at our offices in Manhattan.

March 31, 2011

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March 31, 2011 at 7:48 pm 1 comment

Red Wing Shoes Reveals Supply Chain Basics on YouTube

JW Yates

New York City, New York

Red Wing Shoes has been manufacturing some of the highest-quality work-boots and footwear in the United States since 1905, and this Minnesota-based company wants everyone to know about their ongoing commitment to the “made in USA” label.

 

In a series of recently produced promotional videos, Red Wing has gone inside their manufacturing plant and talked with the people who actually cut, sew and glue their notoriously rugged boots and shoes. The result is an unexpected YouTube viral marketing hit.

It appears that folks on the web are fascinated by the ins and outs of supply chain, and have a certain fascination with the antiquated methods of today’s factory cobblers. Perhaps the videos are so popular because it is exceedingly rare these days to see someone repairing old boots, or shaping leather by hand in an economy that is increasingly based on high-tech IT jobs.

The lush and vivid videos were produced by the Minneapolis-based advertising company Brew Creative, and serve as a primer on modern shoe manufacturing. They give a brief glimpse into the complexity of a factory supply chain in action. Anyone interested in learning how basic raw materials get fashioned into shelf-ready boots should take a look at Red Wing’s new promos. Not only do the American-based workers seem intent on bringing quality footwear to market, but they also seem committed to carrying on the long tradition of taking pride in American-made products.

With so much competition coming from overseas manufacturing, and so much pressure to cut the bottom line, it is encouraging to see a stalwart American-based corporation making a commitment to US production. We only hope that their newest promotional efforts inspire a new generation of workers who seek to make the “made in USA” label mean something substantial in the new economy.

http://www.youtube.com/user/RedWingShoeCompany

So, we at BMS say, “Right on Red Wing!” Thanks for making your supply chain such a visible part of your corporate identity, and thanks for taking pride in the sourcing of your materials and labor.

March 30, 2011

Business Management Systems

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New York, NY 10018

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Supply Chain Disruption Hits Automakers Following Japan Quake

JW Yates

New York City, NY

According to recent reports circulating on the web, the ongoing auto parts shortage in Japan may lead to a sharp decrease in worldwide car production throughout 2011. European, Asian and American car makers rely heavily on auto parts produced in Japan, and, as with most modern manufacturing systems, they rely on just-in-time delivery to maintain rigorous production schedules. Even a temporary delay in supply delivery can have lingering effects on output.

One analyst’s report, cited in The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, predicts that auto production may be cut by 15% to 30% in the next year. This estimate would suggest that 20 million fewer vehicles will roll out of factories than expected before the recent quake tragedy and nuclear crisis in Japan.

http://blogs.wsj.com/drivers-seat/2011/03/29/could-shortages-cut-car-production-by-30/?mod=e2tw

Many industry watchers say that US auto producers will likely experience a lesser impact than their Asian counterparts who rely more heavily on Japanese parts. Still yet, there are fears that, as the supply chain disruption continues, consumers will start seeing fewer choices of vehicles, longer waits and higher prices in the short-term.

The BBC reports that Toyota Motors will curb its North American production due to parts scarcity, and General Motors as well recently announced suspension of production at one its US plants due to parts shortages.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/12858580

If the situation in Japan worsens, or becomes more protracted, there is little doubt that assembly lines across the world will face further slow-downs as a result. Auto manufacturers are not the only businesses reeling from this month’s record-breaking quake and tsunami. Already big-time electronics players like Toshiba have experienced supply chain disruptions since the crisis began. Industry watchers here and in Asia are scrambling to make predictions about what’s to come.

The true toll of Japan’s disaster may not be seen for some time, as manufacturers rely on stock parts and supplies that were already in transit when the quake struck. Once supplies on hand run out, further shutdowns are imminent.

One thing is for certain: if Japan continues to struggle with its ability to generate electricity nationwide, there is little hope for restoring auto parts production to pre-quake levels. In addition, the human toll, and the scope of the social tragedy in the wake of the disaster, may have inestimable effects on Japan’s productivity in the near future.

These various factors have compounded to make Japan’s manufacturing future unpredictable at best. This most recent example of supply chain disruption serves as a reminder that, no matter what industry you are in, it is essential that you keep as close an eye as possible on every aspect of your supply chain. In a world of interdependent production models, every industry must be able to react quickly to supply chain problems. That is why so many modern manufacturers rely on Supply Chain Management Software and Product Lifecycle Management tools to help oversee and control their supply chain.

If you are concerned about supply chain oversight, or would like to find out how a PLM system could help you weather the storm of supply disruption, please get in touch with us here at BMS. Our VerTex software system could be the management tool you need to prepare for the next global supply chain crunch.

Business Management Systems

330 West 38th Street

Suite 705

New York, NY 10018

(800) 266-4046

info@bmsystems.com

http://www.bmsystems.com

March 29, 2011 at 5:26 pm Leave a comment

American Apparel Faces Market Forces

News is in that American Apparel has delayed filing its 2010 annual report. Speculation in the media has it that the popular T-shirt and basics retailer will report stiff losses over the past year. The company—whose popular line of primary-colored socks, tights and shirts are ubiquitous among certain demographics—has seen a spate of bad press and disappointing financial numbers recently.

According to some reports the increasing price of yarn and textiles over the past year, coupled with “labor inefficiencies,” has led to the declining profits at American Apparel. The company was forced to hire hundreds of new workers at its Los Angles manufacturing plant after a federal investigation into worker eligibility led to mass firings. The inexperienced labor supply has in turn led to a less efficient manufacturing process.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/money_co/2011/03/american-apparel-says-it-expects-to-report-a-loss-and-sales-decline-for-2010.html

It is interesting to look at American Apparel as a case study on the forces affecting today’s clothing manufacturers and retailers. Even though the brand is high-profile and popular, the various complexities of the market have compounded to threaten the underlying viability of the company.

No manufacturer is immune to market forces. Many of the factors pushing against American Apparel are well-known obstacles. Fluctuating raw material costs, regulatory compliance, labor efficiency; these are all factors that people in the clothing industry are well acquainted with. In fact, many manufacturers use Supply Chain Management or Product Lifecycle Management software in a concentrated attempt to bring these chaotic forces into check. For example, there is very little your company can do to affect the increasing price of cotton on the global market. However, with a well-implemented PLM system you may be able to foresee potential supply issues and enact design changes to avoid making costly mistakes. Likewise, if you use contractors or subcontractors in the manufacturing process, a PLM or SCM system can help you track and verify regulatory compliance.

So take a look at your operation and decide if you are doing everything in your power to stay on top of the kind of volatile market forces which are battering American Apparel right now. It may be necessary to implement a supply chain software system to help you oversee your efforts, and help avoid serious financial issues that result from compounded market forces.

JW Yates

New York City, New York

March 21, 2011

 

Business Management Systems

330 West 38th Street

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(800) 266-4046

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Is Augmented Reality the Future of Marketing?

Of course technology is changing the way people do business. That’s what technology does. But recent advances in 3-D technology, and an integration of web-based information with new, ubiquitous hardware, has led to completely new marketing possibilities. We are now seeing the first phases of what is sure to be a revolution in interactive marketing that utilizes Augmented Reality technology.

Based on smart phone or tablet computer technology, AR applications offer real-time 3-D video and images which respond to print ads, logos, billboards or other visual cues in the real world. With these applications a consumer will be able to scan an ad in a magazine with their iPad, for instance, and instantly watch a 3-D commercial, or download a list of retailer locations, or view the technical specs of the product being sold. As AR applications become more common and more sophisticated it will likely be possible, in the near future, to click a shot of someone’s shoes on the bus, and immediately view a full catalog of online retailers who carry them.

So, will this change the way fashion companies market their products to consumers? Almost certainly. People will soon come to expect instant video augmentation about every item they see on the shelves and in the world. It will no longer be sufficient for people in marketing to think in two dimensions. Folks designing ads and products will have to conceive of each item as an opportunity for interactive marketing. Every logo will become the play button for an instant video commercial or a full-blown 3-D experience.

As products and packaging play a greater role in the marketing process, it becomes ever more important to be able to collect data and track the movements of your products throughout their entire life cycle. To make the most of any AR-driven campaign your company will need to have the most up-to-date product distribution information possible. This means you will need a fully functional PLM system in place when the AR marketing revolution begins.

Check out some AR marketing developments in action:

JW Yates

New York, New York

March 17, 2011

March 17, 2011 at 3:54 pm 1 comment

Women: Inspiration & Enterprise symposium

Business Management Systems Women: Inspiration & Enterprise symposium … our client, Donna Karan along side Arianna Huffington and Sarah Brown will host the first annual WIE Symposium on September 20th, 2010. Speakers addressing childbirth deaths & female technology entrepreneurs, a Fashion Show by Donna Karan, and a concert by Estelle will all be included in this one day event. Read more http://www.startickets.com/event.php?event=1773

August 16, 2010 at 3:15 pm Leave a comment

From The PLM Think Tank: A Surprisingly Important Three-Letter Word

Today on the PLM Think Tank, PLM blogger Oleg Shilovitsky explores the importance of the latest “three-letter word” to gain importance in the PLM industry.

HINT: This new buzzword may surprise you…

Find out now.

June 11, 2010 at 8:12 pm Leave a comment

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