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