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WhichPLM Editorial Review – 10 February 2012


As I mentioned it would in last week’s Review, our detailed coverage of the NRF show continued this week with the publication of my interview with Gary Barraco of ecVision.  Gary’s unique take on the place of expanded PLM in the retail industry and his insight into the company’s plans for the coming year are some of the subjects of the first instalment of my series of NRF interviews.

Our extended coverage of the show is collected on a dedicated page, and comprises my “Best of NRF 2012”, published on the day of my return, followed by a full, detailed report on the show (and PLM’s place there) as well as a gallery of photographs taking during my visit.

The past seven days have seen the full spectrum of news announced here on WhichPLM – from new releases to partnership agreements, and from recruitment to 3D experiences.

First off, Computer Generations Solutions (CGS), developers of the Blue Cherry solution, announced that New York-based luxury fashion brand Diane von Furstenberg (DVF) would adopt the company’s point of sale solution.  Already a long-term customer – using CGS’s broader solution offering – DVF’s choice to extend their technological support right the way through from enterprise PLM to retail point of sale is representative of a larger trend, whereby retailers and brands are increasingly beginning to recognise the benefits of a synergy between core and E-PLM.

Next up this week were E-PLM suppliers FastFit360, developers of the solution of the same name.  The company (who regular readers may recall recently announced that Ralph Lauren had adopted its solution for the development of their Olympic Collection) announced its first major studio release of 2012 – integrating measurement tools into their Studios and solutions.

Also falling under the E-PLM umbrella are vrSoftware, developers of the vrMockshop solution and recent entrants to the WhichPLM supplier listings.  vrSoftware this week announced their intentions to partner with retail design and brand agencies to help meet the needs of the ever-changing fashion marketplace.

Dassault Systemes (suppliers of a range of solutions, both core and E-PLM) appeared in the news twice this week: first to announce the appointment of brand equity expert Monica Menghini as Executive Vice President for Industry, Marketing and Corporate Communications; secondly to reveal its 3D Experience platform.

Finally this week, Tukatech (suppliers of several solutions, including CAD and 3D systems) announced that KKCL (Killer Jeans), India’s largest denim brand, had adopted those CAD and 3D solutions.

Next week will see the launch of our brand new WhichPLM Events section, which will appear – as always – alongside the latest interviews, news and opinion from across the industry.

Ben Hanson Ben Hanson is one of WhichPLM’s top contributors. Ben has worked for magazines, newspapers, local government agencies, multi-million pound conservation projects, museums and creative publications before his eventual migration to the Retail, Footwear and Apparel industry.Having previously served as WhichPLM’s Editor, Ben knows the WhichPLM style, and has been responsible for many of our on-the-ground reports and interviews over the last few years. With a background in literature, marketing and communications, Ben has more than a decade’s worth of experience, and is now viewed as one of the industry’s best-known writers.