Armand Basi, the Spanish men's and women's fashion retailer, with over 20 own-label stores in Spain as well as a handful of stores in the UK and Russia, has chosen a PDM (Product Data Management) solution to allow its numerous designers to exchange information more easily and help them co-ordinate activities in the production of its seasonal apparel and accessory lines.
The solution has been designed by TXT e-solutions, a leading European software vendor which specialises in the fashion and retail industry, with clients including Gucci and Tommy Hilfiger.
"We wanted a solution that could facilitate collaboration among the 30 or so users in our design and production areas, with the goal of reducing the time for developing collections and improving productivity," says Chisco Garca, Product Manager at Basi.
"The TXT solution allows us to generate, administer and file the technical data sheets of products and samples, as well as images and other documents, following every stage of the collection's development," he said. "Information can be accessed easily and promptly, via the internet, avoiding any risk of duplication and saving the time and costs associated with the forwarding of numerous documents."
The fashion company claims that the TXT application is a perfect response to the industry's needs, which it says involves a continuous succession of collections, variable sizes, colours and fabrics, not to mention narrow lead-times along increasingly global supply chains.
"We believe that the possibility to better administer information, share it quickly via the internet and enable access to a single, common database at any time, will contribute to a safer and more efficient management of our product data," says Garca.
The PDM solution is part of TXT's retail supply chain suite of integrated software, TXTPERFORM. It is designed for all those involved in the distribution chain, from producers to retailers, and supports all the critical processes of the industry: from product innovation to demand forecasting, and from production-related issues to the management of the entire distribution network.
According to Gianmarco Mangili of TXT e-solutions, PDM applications, used in synergy with software for planning demand, production and distribution, allow an end-to-end management of the lifecycle of the product right from the first sketches to delivery to the store.
"The key objective is essentially for everyone to have access to the same information and to collaborate in order for suppliers and contractors to co-ordinate their activities with those of different functions of the firm," says Mangili. "A good management of suppliers and contractors is crucial because their joint activity greatly influences the overall product costs, production times, deliveries and stock levels."