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Comment: Are PLM systems rising up the investment agenda?

James Knowles

An over-subscribed guest list including a number who have recently invested in PLM systems at Drapers recent roundtable, proved that product lifecycle management (PLM) has really risen up the fashion investment agenda.

Supply chain management is a critical business function and, as product lifecycles become shorter and supplier bases become more evenly spread around the globe, UK fashion firms stretch to trade overseas and in different hemispheres, all while selling across multiple channels.This is one jigsaw that just became a whole lot more complicated.

So perhaps it is not surprising that many UK fashion brands and retailers are looking beyond spreadsheets and internal systems of old to more sophisticated PLM software to help them piece together the puzzle. Yes, investment in new systems can be expensive, but it can be done in a scalable way. When a more streamlined communication process leads to fewer samples and a better, more consistent product, the case for investment becomes clear.

With this in mind we bring you our annual PLM Report, in association with fashion PLM software provider Lectra, to cast light on the current thinking within the marketplace.

This report is free to read. All you need to do is register your details

This report includes features on:

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Roundtable: PLM’s clear benefits A panel of leading retailers talk about how they are managing their supply chain and what stage they are at when it comes to investing in PLM software.

Video: Make change a success Fashion PLM provider Lectra reveals how its system is helping retailers save cost, improve communication and reduce time to market.

Drapers Interview: Shop Direct group product director Matt Dixon talks to Drapers about the etailer’s internal supply chain review, ‘Source It’ and the changes happening as a result.

Video: What is the future of PLM? Speaking at the Drapers and Lectra PLM fashion masterclass, Thriving through change: Conception to consumer’, Mark Harrop, chief executive of digital magazine Which PLM? talks about the future of PLM.

To read this report for free, click here

I hope you enjoy this report, and as ever, I would love to hear your feedback. You can email me at


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