WE Netherlands uses Geac DesignTime and QuestPDM at styling department

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Roll-out to product development and purchase departments to follow next year

Fashion chain WE Netherlands, a subsidiary of WE International, is set to benefit from using the Geac RunTime software DesignTime and QuestPDM at its styling department. The modules, which have been especially designed for the apparel and footwear industry, enable WE to standardize work processes, resulting in an increased efficiency and a shorter time-to-market. We will start using twenty DesignTime and QuestPDM systems at the styling department. Next year, the roll-out of another 35 QuestPDM systems to the product development and purchase departments will follow.

With QuestPDM, WE has access to one single source of design data, such as information on fabrics, colors, measures, purchase prices, article numbers and fashion themes. DesignTime offers WE modules for creative and technical design. An example of these is StyleTime, which includes an extended library of detailed information on materials and prints and design properties like stitches and seams. Another module is ColorTime, enabling stylists to define colors and guarantee the use of consistent colors throughout their designs. The standard templates in DesignTime enable stylists to easily exchange designs and take over each others assignments.

QuestPDM perfectly fits our requirements internally, but also now we are about to open a new sourcing facility in Hong Kong, says Roel Brand, IT Director at WE. Using QuestPDM, employees in Hong Kong too will have access to the Dutch offices design data. This makes it much easier to start the production of new collections, leading to increased efficiency and considerable time savings. QuestPDM is an advanced system including all the information we need. It ensures that data we use is always up-to-date; once a change has been entered, it is processed in all designs.

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