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With WhichPLM’s 6th Edition now in full circulation, we’re delighted to announce that our 5th Edition Report is now available to download, free of charge. The 5th Edition contains exclusive articles from industry thought leaders, interviews with the vendors, customers and pioneers shaping the future of 3D for the apparel industry, the results of our extensive PLM end user survey, detailed profiles of key players in the PLM and 3D sectors, extensive market intelligence and more. Download your copy now!

In order to provide the best possible experience for our readers, in 2015, we made a few changes – the first of which our loyal readers will no doubt notice immediately. Our ‘Annual Review’ title was replaced by the ‘5th Edition’ title. For 2016, we presented the ‘Sixth Edition’ and so on.

The 5th Edition follows a similar (but not duplicate) format as previous publications, and each successive edition adopts a new, topical discussion. For 2015, that discussion was focused on 3D: three-dimensional design; 3D sampling; and high-fidelity digital marketing. The true scope of 3D working for apparel, footwear and accessories is the subject of many of our exclusive features. And, in addition to the usual PLM vendor and consultancy profiles, this report includes profiles for key 3D solution vendors.

The decision to focus on 3D for 2015 was driven by the explosion of interest we saw from our loyal readers and the market at large in 3D design, sampling and marketing tools – particularly where they integrate with PLM.

As with previous years, the report opens with a scene-setting introduction from our CEO, and then collects a myriad brand new editorial pieces. Our editorial examination of 3D working includes perspectives from vendors like Browzwear, Optitex, Gerber Technology, Lectra, Dassault Systèmes and Alvanon, and from retailers like Target and Tesco.  We also collected opinions from haute couture designers, watch designers, and several startups who are experimenting with potential futures for 3D design and manufacture.

More retailers and brands than ever before took part in our farthest-reaching end user survey to date, providing their unvarnished feedback on the real experience of shortlisting, selecting, implementing and working with PLM day in and day out, as well as their involvement (or lack thereof) with supporting solutions and/or modules including 3D, and Corporate Social Responsibility. Their responses are presented alongside WhichPLM’s own detailed analysis of the trends they represent.

These results are followed by detailed profiles of the retail, footwear and apparel industry’s key PLM vendors – each of whom provided insight into their business operations, product investment, customer growth in 2014/15, and what they believe sets their products and people apart from the competition. For 2015, those profiles include the following vendors: Centric Software, Dassault Systèmes, Gerber Technology, Human Solutions Group, Infor, Koppermann GmbH, Lectra, New Generation Computing (NGC), PTC, TXT Retail, and Visual 2000 International.

These profiles are followed by some of the industry’s key consultants & implementers (Kalypso, PDP, and Ptex Solutions), and – new for 2015 – those of the key 3D players for fashion: Browzwear, Dassault Systèmes, Gerber Technology Human Solutions Group, Lectra, Optitex, and Tukatech.

Finally, our in-house expert advisors present a bounty of exclusive market intelligence and analysis, looking at the PLM market for retail, footwear and apparel in terms of growth by region and by customer tier when compared to last year’s financial year, and reflecting on the various trends that have shaped our industry in 2015 and will continue to do so.

As well as reading up on the various PLM and/or 3D solutions available to you, this publication will also allow you to investigate those advisors and implementers who could help you throughout your journey.


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Lydia Hanson Lydia Hanson has been part of the WhichPLM team for over four years now. She has a creative and media background, and is responsible for maintaining and updating our website content, liaising with advertisers, working on special projects like the Annual Review, and more. Joining mid-2013 as our Online Editor, she has since become WhichPLM’s Editor. In addition to taking on writing and interviewing responsibilities, Lydia has also become the primary point of contact for news, events, features and other aspects of our ever-growing online content library and tools.

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