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WhichPLM Editorial Review – 27 April 2012


Following on from last week’s world-exclusive report on the TXT Thinking Retail event, this week saw the UK launch of Dassault Systèmes’ new FashionLab initiative, at the stylish W Hotel in London’s Leicester Square.  WhichPLM were on hand to capture all of the day’s presentations, and to interview Jerome Bergeret, Director of FashionLab, about the future of technology for the fashion industry.

Our detailed report will premiere here on WhichPLM next week, but in the meantime our exclusive photographs of the event can be found at the bottom of this article.

In core PLM news this week, Aras (suppliers of open-source PLM to range of different industries) announced a new partnership with SEEBURGER AG, the Germany-headquartered suppliers of business-to-business integration services.

The past seven days have seen significant developments in E-PLM (beyond those we saw at the FashionLab event).  First of all, CGS introduced what they term a Multi-Channel Merchandise Planning module for the Blue Cherry enterprise suite.  Merchandise planning (MP) is becoming an increasingly vital component of modern product development, and I suspect that integration with either in-house or external MP solutions is a direction in which many other suppliers will begin to move their core PLM offerings.

Falling under the same E-PLM umbrella is Adobe’s Creative Suite, which includes the industry-standard design tool Adobe Illustrator.  This week the company announced the release of its new Creative Suite 6 (CS6), which breaks from established tradition and is delivered using a cloud subscription model.  Illustrator is in use at the offices of many of the world’s leading retailers, brands and manufacturers, and the CS6 iteration of the software boasts an entirely new, modernised interface to complement the new licensing model.

Finally this week, Gerber Technology (suppliers of core and E-PLM solutions to the retail, footwear and apparel industry) announced the milestone installation of their 10,000th automated cutting machine.  The machine – one of many such industrial machine models that belong under the E-PLM umbrella – was installed at the offices of Theory, a New York-based design house specialising in men’s and women’s contemporary fashion.

<h2>Exclusive photos of Dassault Systèmes’ FashionLab launch event</h2>

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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.