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Following a more-than busy 2016, now that 2017 is in full swing, our Editor shares WhichPLM’s plans for the coming year in what’s already set to beat our own expectations.

January is a time for reflection, resolutions and recharging. It’s a time for regretting that third helping of Christmas dinner, and forgetting that fourth (and fifth) glass of Malbec you had on Tuesday. Hot holidays have already been booked, new wardrobes added to virtual baskets, diets begun – and likely ended – and professional goals set.

Self-deprecating aside, the beginning of a new year is a time for setting milestones – both achievable and slightly stretched – and, generally, getting one up on last year.

Like most businesses, we’re all about improvement. Since our founding, WhichPLM has been busier and always offering more newness with each passing year. And we aren’t looking for that to stop anytime soon.

Last year marked an incredibly busy year for WhichPLM. During 2016 we published more news, reviews, insights, reports and articles than ever before, and saw our readership grow by more than 40 percent (something which humbles us greatly). We published our 6th Edition leadership report, performed three supplier evaluations, created long-lasting relationships with new businesses, and posted many insights from a larger roster of guest contributors than ever before. All the while, we remained committed to producing unbiased, high calibre, topical work in an effort to help continue to drive our industry forward.

We know that we will continue to bring you up-to-date and informative news and insight throughout this year. Already we’ve posted pieces from new Experts Evridiki Paphristou, Mark Charlton and Yotam Soloman. Other new contributors already lined up for the months ahead include: the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (in collaboration with WhichPLM); collaborative platform, Winddle; retail intelligence company, Intelligence Node; web-based product management company, Manner Solutions; freelance consultant and strategist, Marlene` P. Naicker; B2B machine learning company, Dressometry; product authentication business, Certilogo. The majority of businesses and/or individuals on this list will feature in the first half of this year.

One of the most notable developments for long-term readers this year will be our editorial direction; we have dedicated (and will continue to) our editorial time and research to pre-defined topics this year, with opinion pieces and interviews surrounding the consumer & consumer experience (first quarter of the year), revolutionary technology (second and third quarter), and new industry models (final quarter of 2017).

You will note that content published already this year fits with our first theme (consumer and consumer experience), and will continue to do so through February and March. Earlier this week, frequent contributor ITC Infotech explored the rise of ‘athleisure’, and just last week we posted ‘Plastic Reality’ – exploring the issue of recyclable versus renewable for the average consumer.

Interspersed in these features throughout the year will be a small collection of interview pieces – entitled, ‘Conversations’ – with innovative entrepreneurs and thought leaders, in order to present a wide-angle view of our industry and it’s constant evolution. These conversations, too, will be respective of current editorial theme.

As well as our editorial roadmap, I’d also like to share our other developments for 2017 with you. Also lined up for this year is:

  • Yet another new ‘skin’ for the website – The WhichPLM site will be undergoing a ‘facelift’, as it were, in 2017. Readers and contributors alike will be happy to know that nothing will be lost during this process, but rather a new, fresher look and feel gained, along with greater functionalities and ability to the ability to search more easily within our vast vault of content.
  • ‘WhichPLM on Tour’ series – As part of a new series, our CEO will be shooting off around the globe to visit retailers, brands, and solution vendors – covering events or touring headquarters. With more than twelve trips booked this year already (in London, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Montreal, Vancouver & Germany), if you are interested in a visit from Mark then do get in touch with us.
  • Our 7th Edition leadership report – Research for our 7th annual publication is already well underway. The report will focus on PLM and intelligence, with a working title of ‘The Intelligence Issue: Fashion’s Data-Drive Future.’ The report will include all aspects our readers have come to love – features, the end user survey, a vendor section – whilst examining fashion’s transition to becoming a digital industry.
  • A refreshed Expert Panel – With a renewed commitment to ‘covering all bases’ in Fashion, at the close of last year we set ourselves the goal of expanding our list of Experts in 2017, who will share content on their specialised fields and help answer any questions you may have. Already, we have added experts on 3D, on fit, on sustainability, on visual content, and on colour. We will continue to broaden our team as the year progresses.
  • WhichPLM Jobs – There’s barely a day goes by that we are not contacted by someone within the industry searching for the right person or peopler to join their businesses, or from the opposite side, someone looking for a role within the fashion technology sector. To address this more formally, we have plans to add a ‘Jobs’ section to WhichPLM, allowing both vendors and candidates to place new job listings; those looking for employment will also be able to list their CVs. Hopefully, for all concerned, we’ll find some great matches.

We hope you continue to find immense value in WhichPLM throughout 2017 and we always value any further suggestions for improvements. If you would like to get in touch about anything mentioned above, please contact our Editor, Lydia Hanson.

Lydia Mageean Lydia Mageean has been part of the WhichPLM team for over six 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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