Greg Norman Collection to Deploy Software Designed to Increase Visibility, Streamline Processes, and Enhance Collaboration
(TOLLAND, CONN, USA, APRIL 6, 2010) Gerber Technology, a business unit of Gerber Scientific, Inc. (NYSE: GRB) and a world leader in automated CAD/CAM and PLM solutions for the apparel and flexible materials industry, announces that the Tharanco Group has begun implementation of YuniquePLM at its Greg Norman Collection division. The company expects the popular product lifecycle management (PLM) solution to streamline the design, product development, and supplier collaboration processes. This will be accomplished by centralizing and making up-to-date product information more accessible thus supporting quicker and better informed decision-making throughout the business. Following successful deployment at its largest apparel unit, the New York-based holding company plans to extend use of the web-based software across its more than 20 apparel brands.
“While we expect PLM to save us time and money, the larger goal for us is to become more accurate and consistent in our product definition,” noted Bjorn Bengtsson, Director of Merchandising and Design at Greg Norman Collection. “YuniquePLM makes this possible by putting everything we need in one system. With everything at our fingertips, we will no longer need to search through images, spreadsheets, files, and overloaded email folders to accomplish our work. Both internal teams and our suppliers will benefit from the consistent presentation of accurate, up-to-date product information.”
With the goal of implementing across diverse divisions and brands, system platform, scalability, and flexibility were among the key criteria included in the company’s extensive evaluation. According to Rajiv Advani, Tharanco Group Director of Information Systems, “We were attracted to the YuniquePLM Microsoft® .NET framework and browser-based application as they addressed our needs for an economical, easy to use and implement solution that is easy to configure rather than requiring significant customization. From a business perspective, we like how it brings together all the pieces of the product puzzle into a single, centralized process. Once we saw how our designers and developers preferred it, we knew it was the best choice for our business.”
“As a manager, I personally like the system dashboard because it gives me an easy-to-understand snapshot of the status of everything we are working on and what needs immediate attention,” added Bengtsson. “It presents information visually to help us run the business at-a-glance.”
Design and product development teams are expected to go-live on the new system in about two months. The company plans to add other divisions, team members, and global suppliers in future phases of implementation.
“We are honored with the opportunity to work with the Tharanco Group,” said Bill Brewster, President, Gerber Software Solutions, Gerber Technology. “With a rapid implementation in process at Greg Norman Collection, we look forward to extending the benefits both across the brands and with the company’s global supplier community.”
About Tharanco Group and Greg Norman Collection
The Tharanco Group (www.tharancogroup.com) is a private holding company that includes real estate investments, private equity investments, and an established apparel arm. Based in private brand manufacturing and brand management, the apparel business has nine operating divisions that support more than twenty brands ranging from couture to moderate and sold through a wide array of retail locations.
Built upon a unique combination of performance, luxury, and style, Greg Norman Collection (www.gncollection.com) is a leading worldwide marketer of golf-inspired sportswear for men and women. Established in 1992, Greg Norman Collection is inspired by one of the world’s leading golf professionals, the man they call “The Shark.” Reflecting his adventurous spirit and confident, independent style, the Collection captures Greg Norman’s powerful elegance, enthusiasm and passion for an individual design sense.
About Gerber Technology
Gerber Technology (www.gerbertechnology.com), a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, develops and manufactures the world’s leading brands of product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, product data management (PDM) solutions and CAD/CAM automation systems for the sewn products and flexible materials industries. These systems automate and significantly improve the efficiency of information management, product design and development, pre-production and production processes. The company offers specialized solutions to a variety of end-user markets including apparel, composites, industrial fabrics, transportation interiors and home textiles. Gerber Technology’s world headquarters are located in Tolland, Connecticut, U.S.A. with regional offices, agents and distributors in more than 126 countries serving over 22,000 customers through 16 Customer Solutions Centers on six continents. The company engineers and manufactures its products in various locations throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. For more information about Gerber Technology, connect with us on Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.
Through innovation and commitment to our customers, Gerber’s products have become industry standards as well as benchmarks by which all others are measured. By continuing to explore emerging technologies and to build strategic relationships, Gerber intends to continue the pace of setting new standards for innovation and productivity.
Established in 1968, Gerber Technology is one of four business units of $553 million corporation Gerber Scientific, Inc. (www.gerberscientific.com) of South Windsor, Connecticut. Gerber Scientific is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the “GRB” symbol.