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MEC Partners with TEXbase to Streamline Material Development

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Mountain Equipment Co-Op (MEC) Partners with TEXbase to Streamline Material Development
 
(BOZEMAN, MT. OCTOBER 14, 2008) One of Canada’s largest outdoor retailers, Mountain Equipment Co-Op (MEC), has integrated TEXbase software solutions to help streamline the internal material development process, improving their ability to control quality standards and create efficiencies in collaboration allowing for effective company-wide growth.
 
The Brief
MEC required a solution that would facilitate a meticulous design philosophy through an increasing product-load. Day-to-day workflow became cumbersome in organizing large amounts of data including lab tests and performance specifications, taking time from their efforts on tracking standards to maintain overall product quality. TEXbase will allow MEC to deliver on their brand promise to provide innovative and durable products on a growing scale without sacrificing quality. TEXbase has provided MEC with effective tools to maintain and enhance quality at the foundation of the product development lifecycle, beginning at the material level.

Maximising Value from Pre-existing Knowledge
According to Greg Scott, Materials Development Manager at MEC, “MEC has spent years testing and evaluating materials to meet the needs of the products we produce. We were finding that our accumulative wealth of information was stored in multiple locations and in multiple formats just at our fingertips, but not easily retrievable. TEXbase is helping us tap into our own wealth of knowledge by providing a comprehensive accessible database that can be used as a design resource instead of a vault of information.”
 
Joe Walkuski, TEXbase Founder and CEO, explains that “We’re excited to work with a retailer such as MEC whose philosophy of continually improving product quality is a perfect fit for our software. TEXbase is the missing-link for many apparel companies and retailers seeking to more effectively create new materials and streamline the development process. TEXbase allows companies to grow more efficiently while maintaining data consistency and more importantly, brand integrity.”
 
About TEXbase
Created by industry experts with deep material development experience, TEXbase has become the standard for collaborative material management and development software. TEXbase leads organizations in the Apparel and Textile Industries by accelerating their material development to differentiate in an ultra-competitive global environment that is driven by innovation and integrity. TEXbase software allows businesses to reduce operating expenses while increasing revenues by improving research and development processes, shortening product lifecycles, and improving brand integrity and product innovation. TEXbase is located in the Advanced Technology Park in Bozeman, MT at 895 Technology Blvd., Suite 202 and can be contacted at 406.582.8874, moreinfo@TEXbase.com or www.TEXbase.com
 
About MEC
At MEC, our aim is to provide quality gear and excellent value. We also want to minimize our environmental impact, by building products that last. To do this, we take the time to test the materials and products we’re developing so they will function and endure. Our design philosophy is a set of principles that guides us through every step of the product development process. It is the foundation for building innovative, functional, and durable MEC-brand products. It takes approximately 18 months for a product to go from initial design to arrival in our stores, and even longer to research and develop new fabrics or technologies. Keeping these ideas in mind through all the development cycles ensures we don’t get off route somewhere along the way. Quality is designed into every product. Contact MEC today at: 1.888.847.0770 – www.mec.ca

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