PLM System Vendor Evaluation

Identifying a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system that enables the conception,
design, development, sourcing, production and delivery of private label product


The Client

A $2+ billion wholesaler and multi-channel retailer of apparel and accessories.


The Challenge

Identify the commercially available Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system(s) that best enables the conception, design, development, sourcing, production, and delivery of private label product. Provide improved capabilities in the following areas:
- Comprehensive foundational product structure (e.g., hierarchy and other key attributes)
- Workflow, task management, and measurement and visibility to calendar adherence
- Product Development, Sourcing, and Production data management, integrity, and visibility
- Incorporation of historic and projected costs into the design process with ability to roll up margin
- Management of sourcing capacity and fabric consumption by geographical region, vendor, etc.
- Development of a balanced vendor scorecard based on prior and current season KPIs
- Direct collaboration with external vendors
- Logistics tracking visibility


The Parker Avery Solution

The Parker Avery Group led the client through the system selection process by performing the following activities:
• Vetted potential software providers
• Issued and evaluated RFI responses to narrow the field
• Documented client-specific system requirements
• Wrote and issued a comprehensive RFP
• Reference calls with software provider's customers
• Organized on-site software demonstrations
• Prepared a detailed demonstration script
• Developed a multi-faceted scoring system
• Provided a high-level implementation plan


The Result

After completing the evaluation process, the client was able to identify the short list of vendors with the best potential to meet their comprehensive requirements.


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