Friday, November 4, 2016

WMS Tip: Reduce Inventory Shrinkage with Apparel Management Software

Today’s fashion ERP systems can be leveraged to help you better control inventory, which includes reducing or even eliminating inventory shrinkage problems.

If you own an apparel or footwear business, you may be heavily invested in inventory. If so then you probably are dealing with inventory shrinkage. Shrinkage is the difference between the amount of inventory listed in your accounting records and the amount that is actually on your shelves. In today’s challenging economy, avoiding inventory shrinkage is an easy way to increase profits and prevent a host of problems including:

  • The people in your sales department promising your customers apparel or footwear that appears to be in stock but isn’t actually available to deliver
  • The additional cost to replace the missing material
  • Paying your employees to search for missing products

4 key causes of shrinking inventory

  • Theft: This is the number one cause of a shrinking inventory, and it often comes from employees who help themselves to your stock.
  • Careless record keeping: If everyone involved is not attentive to recording all transactions, it affects inventory.
  • Errors: When a shipping clerk packs seven pairs of shoes instead of six, or you return a dozen boxes of buttons to your supplier but only reduce your inventory by one box, you are causing inventory discrepancies.
  • Vendor Fraud: A dishonest vendor bills you for a quantity of material but ships less than promised 

Solutions for inventory shrinkage

Minimizing inventory shrinkage starts with accurate inventory tracking. This is accomplished with frequent cycle counting and the use of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software that is optimized for the apparel and footwear industry and is fully integrated with warehouse and inventory management components. This ensures that inventory numbers are up to date and accurate across all systems, and will improve key aspects of your fashion business operations, including reduced inventory, better customer service, and fewer data entry errors.

While it may not be possible to totally prevent inventory shrinkage, you can significantly reduce it by having a strong knowledge of your inventory status. An ERP system, specifically designed for your fashion enterprise, will assist you in keeping accurate counts at all locations and verify the quantity of items in your shipments, thus avoiding most “honest” shrinkage. And transparent and methodical procedures, along with well-trained and trustworthy employees, will go a long way to reducing “dishonest” loss.

Need a better Warehouse Management System to Control Your Inventory?

If you need a better WMS to control your apparel or footwear inventory, or if you are considering upgrading to world class enterprise system for your fashion business then contact us online or call us at 610-967-5821. We'll be happy to learn about your needs and provide a demo so you can decide if Xperia's apparel management software is right for you.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Analyze Data with Fashion Business Intelligence Software

Business Intelligence Software for the Fashion Industry
Your fashion business collects a large amount of data from its operations. Without Business Intelligence (BI) software to keep track of that information, you would need to use a variety of software programs--Excel, Access and some database applications--for various departments in the organization. These multiple software programs make it a challenge to retrieve information quickly and to perform analysis of the data.

BI software for your apparel or footwear enterprise is designed to make effective use of data and information so that your business can make sound decisions. Its primary goal is to extract important data from your fashion organization's raw data to reveal insights that can then help you make faster and more accurate decisions.

BI software integrates data from all areas of your business and provides end-users with reports and analysis. Your apparel or footwear company gets a better understanding of its strengths and weaknesses. It helps your management team to better see the relationship between different data, which allows for better decision-making and optimal deployment of resources. Business Intelligence fashion software plays a key role in the strategic planning process of the company.

Fashion BI encompasses the following elements:
  • Reports: accessing, formatting, and delivering data inside and outside the organization
  • Analysis: identifying patterns and establishing relationships in a group of data
  • Data mining: the extraction of original information from data
  • Data quality and interpretation: the correlation between data and the objects they represent
  • Predictive analysis: the attempt to predict probabilities and trends

Make Better Decisions with BI
BI can give your fashion business the ability to make better decisions by quickly understanding the various sources of information in the company and how these interact with each other. The information can include customer databases, supply chain information, personnel data, manufacturing, product data, sales and marketing activity, as well as any other source of information critical to your operation.

BI applications for your footwear or apparel company include integration and data cleansing functions. These allow disparate data sources to be integrated into a single coherent framework for reporting and detailed analysis by employees, managers, and executives.

Are You Ready to Move Up to Fashion BI Software?
If you're considering BI software for your fashion business, please contact Xperia Solutions today!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Xperia Announces Uniform Management System with Employee Ordering Portal

Xperia Solutions now offers a complete uniform management system (UMS) for uniform and career apparel manufacturers and suppliers. It includes features enabling their customers and their customers' employees to place orders through a company-branded online portal linked directly to the ERP back end.

Fully integrated with Xperia's Apparel ERP Software

Uniform management system is integrated with apparel ERP software
Developed as a fully-integrated extension to Xperia's powerful industry-specific apparel ERP system, the uniform management software enables uniform and career apparel manufacturers, as well as embroidery and screen printing shops of all sizes, to significantly streamline their order processing, manufacturing and shipping processes, resulting in faster throughput and reduced operating costs.

Xperia's ERP system is fully scalable and has been used by some of the world's most successful apparel companies, including multi-national firms with $billions in annual sales. ERP modules include Order Processing and EDI, Customer Management, Supply Chain Management, WMS and Inventory Control, Manufacturing, and a full-featured Accounting Management suite.

Branded Self-Service Uniform Ordering Portal

Xperia's white-labelled B2B online ordering portal makes it easy for uniform and career apparel companies to create separate websites appropriately branded for each of their customer accounts, and linked to each account's pricing and business rules, thereby creating a competitive advantage to help uniform and image apparel companies acquire new customers.

Portal set up is quick and easy, and includes a bulk-import feature for uploading employee information and related data such as the employee's uniform budget, wardrobe (the clothing associated with their role), and the rules for handling budget overages, such as whether to prevent the overage, deduct the overage as a payroll deduction, or to allow employees to charge overages to their personal credit cards.

By allowing employees to personally enter their uniform orders, supervisors and HR personnel are freed from the tedium and time normally associated with this burdensome task.

Employee Packaging

Employee uniform shipments can be sent to the company's business address or directly to the employee's home.  Orders can also be entered by supervisors for multiple employees, in which case the software produces employee labels for each garment as well as carton labels and packing slips indicating the garments to be distributed to each employee. Production tracking visibility is also provided at the employee level, as well as by other variations to speed order processing through the shop.

Embroidery and Screen Printing Capacity Planning Breakthrough

Embroidery and screen printing operations are unusually machine-dependent in terms of their impact on shop capacity. Xperia's UMS provides detailed machine-level capacity information, including variables for average stitches per minute, number of heads, average set up time, and more.

The Shop Scheduling software then takes into account machine speed as well as the number of stitches per logo, per garment, and per order, and indicates how much time will be required to run the order through various machines, as well as providing the current backlog on each machine. The manager can then assign the order to the optimal machine, thereby minimizing backlog and speeding throughput of the right orders at the right time.

Consolidated Company Invoicing Across Employee Orders

With Xperia's Uniform Management System, career and uniform companies can provide their customers with consolidated invoicing, as well as detailed information all the way down to the employee order line item level.

Built-In Artwork and Order Approval System

Xperia's UMS contains an easy-to-use approval system to ensure that orders containing new logos or based on new garments are not released until the customer has indicated their approval. Approval workflow rules can be copied from pre-defined workflows, or created on-the-fly.

Learn More About Xperia's Uniform Management System

To learn more about how Xperia's Uniform Management System can speed throughput and improve workflow while helping your uniform, career, or image apparel company gain a real competitive advantage, contact us online or call (610) 967-5821.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Why You Need Fashion-Specific ERP for Your Apparel or Footwear Business

Xperia’s ComprehensivTM Enterprise (ERP) System has been built from the ground up to meet the unique needs and challenges of today’s apparel and footwear industry. From startups to multi-billion dollar corporations, fashion and uniform companies of all sizes can enjoy the benefits of Xperia’s incredibly robust, reliable and scalable industry-specific solution.

But why is it important for clothing and footwear suppliers and manufacturers to choose an enterprise system designed specifically for their industry? Unlike other products, apparel and footwear items come in a variety of colors, sizes, and dimensions. Simply put, if your database and applications are not optimized to address that reality, then you will be in for a lot of duplication of effort!

Consider, for example, that a single garment style such as a shirt or pair of pants can be offered in multiple colors and sizes, and in multiple dimensions by size (think of inseam lengths for a size 32 waist, or sleeve lengths for a dress shirt). Likewise, shoes may come in a multitude of colors, sizes and widths for a single shoe style.

With typical enterprise software, you would be required to set up each variation of the style separately, AND, if something changes such as the cost, description, or other specifications, then the change must then be applied to every color, size and dimension. That can be a lot of work, and it opens the door to data inconsistency.

By contrast, with Xperia’s industry-specific enterprise system, you only enter style-related information once, and then define size, color, and dimension overrides as needed, which is super-efficient both up front and in the event of changes!

We refer to this ease-of-use feature as the Style Matrix. It applies not only to how styles are defined, but also to how information is stored for sales orders, purchase orders, manufacturing orders and more. 

The style matrix makes it easy to answer questions like these:
·      What are the total sales for this style?
·      What are the sales by size and by color?
·      How much inventory do I have for this style in total, and by color and size?
·      What colors are selling the fastest?
·      What sizes am I running low on?
·      And so on …

So now it should be clear why you need an enterprise system that is optimized for your industry.  You can learn more about Xperia’s fashion-optimized ERP software at

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Lobo Mau Selects Xperia Apparel ERP, BI, WMS Software

Contemporary women’s clothing line Lobo Mau has selected apparel ERP experts Xperia Solutions as its enterprise software partner including an ERP suite, and Business Intelligence software programs. 

Fashion brand Lobo Mau selects Xperia apparel software: ERP, WMS, SCM, BI, PLM
Contemporary women’s clothing line Lobo Mau has selected apparel ERP experts Xperia Solutions as its enterprise software partner including an apparel ERP suite, Business Intelligence suite, and a future fashion PLM software integration.

Considered one of Philadelphia’s hottest up-and-coming brands, Lobo Mau was started in 2008 by Nicole Haddad while she was a graduate student studying fashion design at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Haddad had worked for several local designers before starting her own business. “I knew I had a unique design sensibility and I wanted to share it with women who liked my aesthetic,” she said. Today the company is based in Philadelphia with studios and offices in Ambler, Pa.

Lobo Mau is running a wide range of Xperia Solutions products and services for the fashion industry, including apparel ERP, Warehouse Management (WMS), Customer Management, Supply Chain Management (SCM), and Financial Management.

According to Joe Weltz, Lobo Mau’s CFO, the regional design and manufacturing company plans to broaden its distribution nationally and into Canada in 2016. “Because of the comprehensive and integrated functionality provided by Xperia’s ERP software, our expansion plans can become a reality,” said Weltz.

“It’s always exciting to witness a small apparel business grow from regional to national, and even international scope with the help of our ERP software suite,” said Alan Robezzoli, VP of Sales & Marketing. “Xperia’s fashion software provides the information tools to manage and control the entire supply chain process while streamlining our clients’ business and improving efficiencies.”

Lobo Mau’s parent company, Piccione Fashion Group, connected the apparel company with Xperia. “Xperia Founder and President Gene Bonett has been a professional colleague of Vincent Piccione for many years, and Vincent was excited to be able to use Xperia’s apparel software programs for Lobo Mau,” Weltz explained. “But it was Xperia’s helpful and friendly customer service, and dedicated team of professionals that sets them apart from the competition. That kind of mindset starts with Gene and is apparent throughout the entire organization.”

About Lobo Mau
Lobo Mau is one of Philadelphia’s hottest up-and-coming brands. The highly stylized look is for the woman who wants to offer a peek at her wild side while still proclaiming that she is a sophisticated, successful adult who has it all together. Find them at

About Xperia Solutions
Founded in 1984, Xperia is an industry leader in enterprise management and business intelligence software solutions for the apparel and footwear industries. Xperia’s software suites help fashion businesses of all sizes manage the full spectrum of business intelligence and manufacturing, importing and distribution requirements including warehouse inventory, procurement, production, financials, e-commerce, product lifecycle management (PLM) and more. Xperia offers affordable cloud-based SaaS and enterprise solutions designed to address the needs of companies of all sizes from startups to multi-billion dollar corporations. For more 
information about Xperia’s apparel software products and services, visit the company's web site at

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Ready to Trade Your Spreadsheets for Fashion PLM?

Spreadsheets may be a quick and easy way to record the status of apparel and footwear styles as they move through various product development stages, but is there a better way?

Is an apparel or footwear PLM system better than working with multiple copies of spreadsheets? Consider the tradeoffs!
Product lifecycle management software for apparel and footwear firms, also known as fashion PLM software, offers a highly integrated alternative to managing your product development efforts via spreadsheets, but is it right for you?

As they grow, apparel and footwear fashion companies can easily become bogged down in sending and receiving multiple versions of spreadsheets among members of the product development team, raw material suppliers, factories and shippers, to name a few. Everything from tech packs to approvals to line plans and schedules undergoes seemingly endless revisions in the journey to bring a fashion line to market.

5 Things to Consider When Deciding if a Fashion PLM System is Right for You

To help you grapple with the pros and cons of converting your manual spreadsheet-based development process to an integrated PLM-based process, we've outlined 5 key factors to consider when deciding if fashion PLM software is right for your business.

PLM Factor #1: Single Location or Multi-Location?

For very small single-location development teams with their own in-house production facility, spreadsheets may be sufficient, especially if the entire team works in the same building. However, as development and production teams grow and become more geographically dispersed, the task of emailing multiple versions of tech packs back and forth, and of communicating style and line status changes via random emails tends to quickly become unwieldy. Even in a single-location environment, spreadsheet users may experience file access problems when multiple team members try to update the same spreadsheets simultaneously.

PLM Factor #2: Product Line Size and Frequency

Regardless of how geographically limited the development staff may be, challenges multiply when using spreadsheets to manage larger numbers of new styles and lines per season or per year. As the number of new designs increase, the size of the development staff tends to grow accordingly, and with it the number of people adding and updating style and line information. The more your apparel or footwear product lines grow, the greater the benefits of adopting fashion PLM software.

PLM Factor #3: Cost of Mistakes

PLM software helps avoid costly mistakes by eliminating duplicate and conflicting information. Because it uses a central database, multiple copies of spreadsheets and tech packs no longer exist. PLM software that uses threaded messaging also eliminates the chance of missing an important email by replacing emails with a centralized stream of messages linked directly to each style in the new line throughout the development process, all the way to the launch of the line into production. Consider the potential cost of mistakes caused by inaccurate information related to your current spreadsheet-based development process, and the cost of delays to product line launches that often result. Compare that to your average annual PLM cost. Often this is enough to justify a move to fashion PLM software.

PLM Factor #4: ERP Integration & Speed to Market

The best fashion PLM software offers seamless integration to fashion ERP software used to run your business. Once a new style or line has achieved final approval in the product development process, significant time can be saved and greater accuracy achieved by importing PLM style-related information directly into your ERP system, thereby eliminating manual entry and the errors that can accompany it. PLM-to-ERP integration also speeds time to market and reduces overhead costs. If you are considering fashion PLM or ERP software, it is wise to seek a solution that offers full PLM/ERP integration.

PLM Factor #5: Growth Path

Is yours a business with the potential for significant growth? How much more difficult would it be to manage your product development information if your business were to grow 25%, 50%, or 100%? It may be easier to make the transition now rather than when your staff is larger. Also, by making the move to PLM software earlier, you may be able to slow the rate at which you would otherwise need to hire new staff to keep pace with your growing fashion business.

Are You Considering Fashion PLM for Your Business?

If you think the time may be right to make the move from spreadsheets to PLM to better manage your business, please click here to contact Xperia Solutions. We'll be happy to discuss your needs and to arrange a free demo of our fashion PLM and/or ERP software optimized for the apparel and footwear industry. With over 30 years experience in fashion software, we know the industry well and are happy to share our knowledge with you. Our goal is to help make your business as profitable and efficient as possible. Please contact us today.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Unlocking the Power of Fashion ERP Software

What are the keys to unlocking the power of today's enterprise software?

Fast-growing apparel and footwear fashion companies quickly see the need for integrated ERP software to better manage their growing business.

That's because as a business grows, the inefficiencies of working with disparate spreadsheets, accounting software, and home-grown software can suddenly reach a dangerous tipping point. When that occurs, the cost of managing the business, and the likelihood of making costly errors based on outdated or incomplete information rises exponentially. Frequent stock-outs, late customer shipments and other problems often become chronic.

We can agree on the problem, but what are the keys to unlocking the true potential of today's enterprise software, so that a company can realize lower costs, greater efficiency, and exceptional levels of customer service?

Getting the best results from your footwear or apparel ERP system hinges on fully utilizing the built-in features designed to allow your business to quickly react in real time to changing customer needs, to changes in the supply chain, and to the latest sales information, to name a few. But in order to fully utilize your ERP software you must first know how to use it. Once learned, ease of use and the degree to which the software aligns with your needs become major factors to success.

Here are 4 Key ERP success factors for fashion companies:

ERP Success Factor #1: Choosing the Right ERP Solution Provider

Perhaps this is stating the obvious, but selecting an ERP provider with a proven track record in the apparel and footwear industry is tremendously important. Unlike other products, apparel and footwear are offered in an array of sizes and colors. Everything from purchase orders, to production, importing, warehousing, distribution, sales analysis and more depends on information easily and accurately rolling up from the detailed color, size and dimension levels up to the summary level for the style itself. ERP software that is optimized specifically to address the needs of apparel and footwear firms is based on a unique multi-dimensional item (style) structure not found in other databases.

Therefore, choose an ERP software solution designed specifically for the apparel and footwear industry, and check out their references for companies similar to yours to confirm the software is easy to use and reliable.

ERP Success Factor #2: Proper Training


Xperia provides training and implementation services for their fashion ERP software. Click to learn more.
Fashion ERP software represents a significant investment in your company's future and is greatly impacted by your ability to use it properly, so don't  skimp on the training. It's critical that your staff be well-trained and confident from the day you go live with your new ERP system.  It's therefore vital that employees in each functional area be fully trained and that internal managers participate in the process to ensure that the training program is a success.

Choose a provider who offers on-site go-live assistance to ensure a smooth transition, and who can provide both on-site and online training prior to going live.

ERP Success Factor #3: Leveraging Business Intelligence


Xperia's Business Intelligence software is tailored to the unique needs of the apparel and footwear fashion industry. Learn more at
Given the capabilities of today's technology, it's more cost-effective than ever to leverage the power of Business Intelligence (BI) software. Smart fashion companies are implementing BI solutions not just for upper management, but also for use by managers and supervisors throughout the organization.

Managers and supervisors in virtually every area of a company, including sales, finance, production, distribution, supply chain management and more can not only use their ERP system to track their most important indicators of success, referred to as key performance indicators or KPI's, but they can also interface those KPI's with their Business Intelligence software to graphically observe these measurements in real time throughout the day as needed. By doing so, trends can be spotted early and corrective action taken sooner, thereby lowering costs and improving performance.

ERP Success Factor #4: Knowing When to Customize Your ERP Software

Modify your apparel ERP software only after first learning how to use it the way it was designed.
It's tempting to think that your needs are unique to your firm. In reality, the ERP needs of most apparel and footwear fashion companies tend to fall into a range of needs. Do your best to resist the temptation to customize your new software to make it look and feel similar to what you are already using.

Instead, have each functional area within your company learn how to use it the way it has been designed. Identify the difference between the normal, human resistance to change vs. a true lack of functionality. Only then is it wise to modify the software. Following this advice can save your firm considerable time and money.

Finding the Best ERP Software

At Xperia, we've been catering to the enterprise software needs of the apparel and footwear fashion industry for over 30 years. We're experts in addressing the needs of your industry, and we look forward to learning more about your company. Contact us today at 610-967-5821 or click here to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Right-Sizing Your Apparel Software Provider

They say that size matters. But when it comes to the size of your ERP footwear or apparel software provider, that principle is particularly valid. 

True win-win relationships between you and your fashion software provider are much more likely to occur when you both are similarly sized, or at least compatibly sized so as to provide you with leverage in the negotiating process for bringing new features to market.

Why is this? A large ERP software company does not, and can not, pay close attention to smaller customers for a very simple reason: they do not represent a significant portion of the large company’s revenues or purchases.  The small customer is not critical to the large company’s continued success.

Think about it: if yours is a small or mid-sized business, yet your ERP software provider runs a mega business, then how likely is it that your requested software changes will make it into their base system upgrades? How can you compete with their far larger customers who pay annual maintenance fees for a hundred or more ERP users?

On the other hand, if you are doing business with an apparel or footwear ERP software provider who frequently deals with small and mid-sized fashion companies, then your voice is more likely to be heard because your business size pulls more weight.

At the core of this issue is one word: relationship.  Relationship is more important for a small-to-medium business than a large one, because small-to-medium manufacturers, importers, and distributors tend to have few IT resources, and therefore rely more on the software supplier and/or the implementation consultant.  Thus, in the long run, relationship is actually more important than almost any given feature or function in the software. 

Right-Sizing with Xperia ERP Software for Your Apparel or Footwear Company

Xperia software is sized right to handle your mid-sized or small fashion apparel or footwear software needs
At Xperia we provide apparel software primarily targeted to mid-sized and small businesses who want a software platform that cost effectively scales as their business grows, even into a mega brand. Yes, we've served some very large brands as well over the years, including some with annual sales in the $ hundreds of millions and sometimes into the $billions.

While many of our customers are under $100 million in sales, our scalable, easy-to-use software works great even for startups with as few as 5 ERP users (typically via our SaaS option). We're a family-owned software company focused on providing full-featured, tightly integrated apparel and footwear ERP, Warehouse Management (WMS), Supply Chain Management (SCM), B2B and Business Intelligence (BI) software for over 30 years. We've also integrated our system with various B2C and POS systems, and have tightly integrated our fashion ERP solution with PLM and CRM enhancements.

Bottom line: Chances are high that we can address your needs with our systems right out of the box, but if you need modifications unique to your business, we're happy to provide customization services. We care deeply about the needs of our customers and their success, and would love to earn your business!

Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a demo.

Contact Xperia Solutions for ERP, PLM, SCM, WMS and CRM software for apparel, footwear, and fashion companies

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Xperia Solutions Selected by Gather & Gown as Apparel Software Partner

Wedding industry startup Gather & Gown has selected apparel ERP experts Xperia Solutions as its enterprise software partner. 

EMMAUS, PA – May 26, 2015
Gather & Gown is running a wide range of Xperia Solutions products and services including ERP, EDI, Warehouse Management (WMS), Customer Management, B2B/Sales Force Automation, Supply Chain Management (SCM), and Financial Management. In phase 2 they plan to implement Xperia’s latest offering, Collaborativ Product Lifecycle Management (apparel PLM) to achieve greater efficiency throughout the product development process, resulting in cost savings and faster time to market.

Based in Ambler, Pa., Gather & Gown was started in January 2015 by bridal industry veteran Vincent Piccione. He was President & CEO of Alfred Angelo Bridal, an 80-store wholesale and retail brand, before founding Gather & Gown, which sells formal gowns for bridesmaids, proms and other special occasions.

Unlike the rest of the special occasion apparel industry, Gather & Gown turns around orders in just a few business days’ time, whereas most of the industry still takes four or five weeks to fulfill orders made online or in store. 

“Knowing both the manufacturing side and the retail side of the wedding industry, we knew what frustrated customers and about the inefficiencies of the entire supply chain from designer to customer,” said Piccione. “The standard industry practice is 12-15 weeks turnaround time, and you just can’t do that today. Customers expect their orders much faster now. So we are turning around orders for high quality formal gowns in just a matter of days. It’s revolutionary in this industry!” 

“We are excited to help this new startup gain a significant competitive advantage by utilizing the best set of apparel ERP software products and the best team of dedicated professionals at Xperia,” said Alan Robezzoli, VP of Sales & Marketing. “We know from experience that our tools will help streamline their business and improve efficiencies, making possible their goals of consistently turning around orders quickly.”

“We did a lengthy search for an apparel software partner, but no one had the breadth of apparel industry experience like Xperia did with 30 years under their belt,” said Piccione. “Xperia has stood the test of time. It doesn’t matter whether it’s on a mainframe, a server or hosted SaaS, it’s the industry-specific functionality you need and not a lot of functionality you don’t need like you get with other software companies who are designing programs for other industries. Xperia knows apparel like no one else. Experience is strength, and simplicity goes hand-in-hand with excellence in execution. ”

About Xperia Solutions
Founded in 1984, Xperia is an industry leader in enterprise management and business intelligence software solutions for the apparel and footwear industries. Xperia’s software suites help businesses of all sizes manage the full spectrum of business intelligence and manufacturing, importing and distribution requirements including warehouse inventory, procurement, production, financials, e-commerce and more. Xperia offers affordable cloud-based SaaS and enterprise solutions designed to address the needs of companies of all sizes from startups to multi-billion dollar corporations. For more information about Xperia’s apparel software products and services, visit the company's web site at

Friday, March 13, 2015

Collaborativ™ PLM Software for Apparel & Footwear Announced

Apparel and footwear industry software experts Xperia Solutions have launched the new Collaborativ™ Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software suite to speed up the product development cycle, lower costs, improve communications, and enable customers to rapidly bring apparel and footwear products to market.

Emmaus, PA March 03, 2015

The best apparel PLM software also works great for footwear companies
Apparel and footwear industry software experts Xperia Solutions have launched the new Collaborativ™ Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software suite to speed up the product development cycle, lower costs, improve communications, and enable customers to rapidly bring apparel and footwear products to market. The software, which is integrated with the company’s Comprehensiv™ Enterprise System (ERP), is easy to learn and use.

“Gaining every competitive advantage is critical for success in today's highly competitive fashion industry,” said Xperia Vice President of Sales and Marketing Alan Robezzoli. “Yet many apparel and footwear PLM solutions fail to deliver the ease-of-use needed to collaborate effortlessly and efficiently with a company’s internal development team and supply chain. Xperia's Collaborativ™ PLM Suite delivers on all of this and more.”

Software benefits include:

  • A robust PLM functionality optimized for the apparel and footwear fashion industries.
  • Easy-to-learn and quick-to-implement programs mean customers can be up and running in a few weeks.
  • Increases efficiency and speeds up collaboration among development team and supply chain members.
  • Organize and browse by brand, season, product, customer, license, supplier, or any combination, and receive online notification of comments and approvals.
  • Enables tighter control of samples, costs, approvals and schedules throughout the product development process using a centralized approval system and flexible templates to track and approve lab dips, fit, materials, testing and more. 
  • Replaces multiple copies of tech packs and confusing emails by using a central repository and threaded messaging.
  • Built-in version control with real-time updates so everyone is on the same page.
  • Flexible and configurable to capture all specifications such as colors, sizes, graphics, graded measurement specs, and full bill of materials, with all changes are logged for easy auditing.
  • Integrates seamlessly with Xperia's Comprehensiv™ ERP to save time and eliminate duplicate data entry.
  • Easily create RFQs and sample requests with just a few clicks.
  • Full visibility by season, buyer, supplier, customer, type (prototype, fit, top of production, etc.) 
  • Share access with suppliers for order confirmation and keep everyone on the same page and focused on meeting delivery dates.
  • Grant controlled supplier access to tech packs, sample requests and approvals, and allow suppliers and factories to update workflows.
  • Affordable cloud-based solution provides easy access to team members worldwide.
  • Stay on track with configurable workflows that help users track critical milestones and identify delays fast.

About Xperia Solutions
Founded in 1984, Xperia is an industry leader in enterprise management and business intelligence software solutions for the apparel and footwear industries. Xperia’s software suites help businesses of all sizes manage the full spectrum of business intelligence and manufacturing, importing and distribution requirements including warehouse inventory, procurement, production, financials, e-commerce and more. Xperia offers affordable cloud-based SaaS and enterprise solutions designed to address the needs of companies of all sizes from startups to multi-billion dollar corporations. For more information about Xperia products and services, visit the company's web site.