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FSU CTE 3431 - The Role of Product Development

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* The Role of Product Development• Product developmento Role of product developer Design apparel styles Write specifications for construction of the apparel styles Coordinate style selections to develop a product lineo Primary goal of product development today Provide a product that FITS the customer Increase the company’s MARKET SHARE Create products that DIFFERENTIATE from their competitors Provide products that SELL FOR A PROFIT• Traditional linear supply chaino Fiber productiono Yarn manufacturingo Textile productiono Apparel manufacturingo Retailerso Final consumer• Apparel supply chain structure todayo More complex and flexible than the traditional linear modelo Builds on core competenciesoo Digital technologies make it possible for companies to coordinate their core competencies into a single effort• PLM softwareo Seasonal concept Business and marketing plans Concepts/mood, color palette & materials/trim/silhouetteso Line development Merchandising plans, line boards, material usage, market calendars & product trackingo Definition Initial specification, adopted specification, production specification, production specification, special size specificationo Sourcing/costing Vendor collaboration, vendor allocation, multisourcing, estimate costing & quality• Supply chain management functionso Advanced planning and Scheduling (APS) Programs that develop constraint-based production and distribution plans based upon expected demands These systems help produce schedules as to what, how, when, and where to produce product, kepping in mind inventory availability, plant capacity, and other business objectiveso Automated financial transaction processing System for processing payments or advances, such as between importers, global suppliers, banks, and factorso Automated RFQ System for soliciting bids for products or production, often including issuance of specifications/job requirements to a pool of prospective vendors, which respond with information via the systemo Collaborative planning, forecasting and replenishment (CPFR) A best-practices framework, established and empowered by a formal agreement to cooperate on strategy, tactics, and execution by resolution of exceptions The framework was developed by the VICS committee for managing the planning and replenishment process through the confidential sharing of sales and inventory data and trends among business partnerso Continuous replenishment programs (CRP) The practice of partnering with distribution channel members that changes the traditional replenishment process fromdistributor—generated purchase orders,, based on economic order quantities, to the replenishment of products based on actual and forecasted product demand The use of CRP triggers the manufacturing and movement of product through the supply chain when the identical product is purchased by an end usero Cut order/spread planning System for creating plans for fabric spreading and cuttingo Dashboard reporting capability System that provides configurable, at-a-glance views of key data, usually in real-time, without the need to perform multiple steps to extract a report of this datao Direct shipping (DC bypass) Systems that enable vendors to ship goods directly to the retail store instead of to a regional distribution center A variation on this is cross docking where a shipment from a vendor goes to a retail DC which sorts and ships ordered goods immediately to the storeso Electronic data interchange/autonomous system numbers (EDI/ASN) System for generating and transmitting industry-standard data communications, such as invoices, purchase orders, and advance shipment documentationo Enterprise resource planning (ERP) Functionality that manages core transactions with suppliers and customers, accounts payable and receivable, and payrollo Radio frequency identification (RFID) Identification tags and labels, made with silicon chips containing product data, send out an interrogation signal and receive the data back from the tag via radio frequency; can be use for inventory tracking, point-of-sale information security, anti-counterfeiting, or any number of other applications No line of sight is required to read the tags, and multiple items can be read at once The RFID technology may replace bar codeso RFID support Systems with architectural upgrades to manage RFID data and translate it to match existing SKU datao Third-party logistics management System that provides a holistic view of information from external logistics services providers, such as shippers, freight forwarders, and fulfillment houseso Transportation management System to handle contracts and goods movement with multiple shippers and modes of transportationo Vendor scorecard System for capturing and monitoring data about supplier performance, such as quality, on-time delivery, and social/customs complianceo Warehouse management System that controls movement fo goods within, entering, or exiting the DC (distribution center)o Work in progress (WIP) tracking System for monitoring production status, such as what percentage of an order has been cut and sewn• Design and product development functionalityo 3-D simulation System that provides a 3-D view of styles during product development, often with manipulation of a digital human avatar to simulate garment performance in response to lifelike body movements May also apply to consumer virtual “try-on” or dressing room applicationso Apparel design System for creating garment silhouettes, concepts, styles, and colectionso Color management System for communicating data that are related to color consistency, lab dip approvals, and testingo Computer aided design (CAD) Computer software with functionality that enables product design, 3-D modeling, and patternmakingo Digital asset management (DAM) Software of functionality that stores, organizes, and retrievew all types of digital asets into searchable files that include all relevant information associated with the asset, such as copyright information, creation date, color information, and usage restrictionso Fabric and trim procurement System for managing textile and trim inventory for sample making or productiono Marker making and nest optimization System for creating markers and achieving best fabric utilizationo Patternmaking and pattern grading System for creating garment


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