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How Can Designers Communicate Effectively While Working Remote?

How Can Designers Communicate Effectively While Working Remote?

How the pandemic has changed design and highlighted the importance of communication
The coronavirus crisis has drastically changed what our daily lives look like. Millions of people are out of work, and consumers are changing their spending habits quickly to evolve with the times. Consumers just want what they know they will wear, for a reasonable price. Beth Goldstein for The Washington Post claims that high heels are “way down”. Lately it’s all about comfort: Slipper sales doubled in April, and Crocs also have been “super hot,” she said.

Behind the scenes, designers have had to adapt quickly to these drastic changes in consumer behavior while most are working remotely. For many designers, there is no longer an in-person team working together in one collaborative setting. While the challenges of communicating are evolving due to COVID-19, it is more important than ever to have effective communication with employees and partners in the design process.

Why is a PLM so important?
Having a product lifecycle management (PLM) system allows designers to have effective, real-time communication in one collaborative space. When designers and their teams have all necessary data in one place in a central system, they are able to work together with increased efficiency. A PLM system gives designers access to unlimited amounts of data at their fingertips. Speed is critical in getting fashion to market, and a product lifecycle management system cuts down on tedious data entry and allows designers to work more quickly and efficiently. Due to the pandemic, many designers are now working remotely and collaboration and communication are more important than ever. A PLM system helps designers and their teams to work in a collaborative setting that updates in real-time. A study by The Daily Chronicle found that “The product lifecycle management (PLM) software market was valued at USD 46 billion in 2018 and is expected to reach USD 67.3 billion by 2024.” However, lack of interoperability among dissimilar product versions coupled with low acceptance of PLM services by SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) is expected to hinder the market growth.

So why are there fashion companies who still do not use a PLM system?

Low acceptance of PLM software has many explanations. Designers often want to stick to what they are comfortable with. There is rarely time in the design process to stop and learn an entire new system, and then teach it to their teams and partners. Another issue is that some PLM systems do not integrate with existing ERP systems. Without proper integration, implementation of the software may not be beneficial.

What does the Ideal PLM look like?
While there are different reasons why a fashion company may not use a PLM system, ultimately, the right software can help exponentially in the design process. So, for a designer, what does the ideal PLM system look like?

The ideal PLM system has all the information needed for the design process in one place. Not only users, but also partners and clients can have access to information within the system as needed. A strong PLM system prioritizes the designer and what they need to work efficiently. It is easy to learn and teach to other users and has quick editability to reduce risk of any incorrect data going through the product lifecycle.

How Exenta PLM REVO supports designers working remotely
Exenta PLM REVO puts the designer first. It is an advanced global system that can be accessed not only on a desktop, but also on mobile devices. Exenta PLM REVO brings customers and partners into one system so all parties involved can effectively collaborate, opening up data outside of traditional users with all the necessary security protocols and preferences. Communication tools are laced throughout the entire system, with real-time commenting and notifications. Traditional PLM systems have all the data points in one central place, while Exenta PLM REVO makes it effective to get to that data. While a traditional PLM system may offer ways to upload information like spec sheets and tech packs, Exenta PLM REVO allows a designer to build all of this within the system itself. The designer can make changes right in the system and avoid re-uploading tedious information. Although remote work may have accelerated due to the Coronavirus pandemic, many designers anticipate that they will be working remotely indefinitely, and to support the success and productivity of their design talent , brands need to invest in systems that are collaborative and easy to access.

Exenta PLM REVO is cloud based, allowing all users to access information in real-time on any device. The Daily Chronicle study found that the “introduction of the cloud has had a significant impact on the PLM market. PLM in the cloud is a helpful tool for product data management because it allows manufacturers to consolidate information about product development, streamline change orders and requests and improve communication with suppliers.” Taking the user experience to a whole new level, PLM REVO eliminates much of the tedious data entry to keep designers creative and automates time-consuming processes to speed products to market and simplify global collaboration. Exenta PLM REVO is extremely flexible and supports collaboration in every step of the design process, so that designers can get their products to market efficiently and effectively, even from home.

See how Exenta PLM REVO can revolutionize your design process. Request a custom demo today.

Sustainable Fashion & Why It Matters in 2020

Sustainable Fashion & Why It Matters in 2020

What is Sustainable Fashion?
In the past few years, sustainability has been on an upward trend. But what does it mean? Sustainable fashion refers to the movement and process of designing, manufacturing, and distributing clothing in an environmentally ethical way that does the least amount of damage to the planet possible.

With the rise of fast fashion came the realization that the planet is suffering now more than ever due to our production and buying habits. The growth of ethical consumption has pushed large fashion retailers such as Zara and H&M to roll out sustainability initiatives, but is that enough? How can companies that aren’t fast fashion giants move toward a more ethical and sustainable way of production that is also cost effective?

Sustainability in 2020
According to the World Economic Forum, the fashion industry produces 10% of all humanity’s carbon emissions and is the second-largest consumer of the world’s water supply. Since 2000, clothing production has nearly doubled. In the US, the EPA estimates that although the textile recycling industry recycles 3.8 billion pounds of post-consumer textile waste (PCTW), the vast majority of PCTW, 85%, ends up in a dump. Fast fashion has helped increase consumption – people bought 60% more garments in 2014 than in 2000 – but it also causes more closet turnover as consumers keep clothing for half as long.

The rise in fast fashion has put production quantity and speed above the health of the planet, and pressure for companies to keep up with consumer demand has continued to grow. The Fashion Law states that by 2030, the industry’s water consumption will grow by 50 percent to 31.17 trillion gallons, its carbon footprint will increase to 2,791 million tons and the amount of waste it creates will hit 148 million tons.

As stats continue to rise and receive more attention, consumers are becoming educated about the fashion industry’s impact on the planet. Millennial and Gen Z consumers are learning about sustainability in school, focusing on how future generations of consumers can shop more consciously and how future designers and manufacturers can cut down on pollution and waste.

Consumers and designers alike are realizing it is important now more than ever to make sustainability a priority. In fact, nearly three fourths of fashion and retail leaders recognize more sustainable measures are needed in the fashion industry, as per a poll conducted by search firm Odgers Berndston. Large retailers such as H&M, Zara, Gap and PVH Corp are all examples of major names in fashion making new promises to consumers about reducing their negative environmental impact.

The Toxic Supply Chain Model in the Fashion Industry

The fast fashion model is designed to mass manufacture, produce and distribute new product every two weeks. However, this supply chain model can lead to overproduction and large amounts of waste. According to the New York Times, fast fashion giant H&M reported a global excess inventory of $4.3 billion in 2018. Luxury brands have also contributed to this problem as millions of dollars’ worth of designer clothing and bags were burned last year to keep profit margins high and continue operating their supply chain model. If these practices continue, the fashion industry could top the list of global pollutants and consume a quarter of the world’s carbon budget by 2050. The fashion industry is currently responsible for a tenth of humanity’s carbon emissions through manufacturing and distribution alone. But with increasing consumer demand for more sustainable products and a rising focus around eco-friendly practices, the fashion world is taking steps to lessen its negative impact on the environment.

A Push Towards Change
As the fashion industry’s environmental impact has come to light, consumer demand for more sustainable practices and new technology are pushing change. Major fashion retailers are moving toward greater transparency around production and supply chain behaviors. Fashion United states that in 2019, both H&M and Amazon published details regarding their supply chains for the first time. These fashions giants are not the only ones working towards change. Fashion and soft goods companies around the world of all different sizes are looking to simplify their supply chain and cut back on waste in a way that is affordable and beneficial to all parties involved in their specific supply chain processes.

How Exenta Can Transform Your Supply Chain and Reduce Your Environmental Impact
Exenta’s Supply Chain Management Software provides this solution to companies of all different sizes each with personalized and complex supply chains. Exenta SCM software is the simplest path from concept to consumer. Exenta provides a comprehensive set of tools for managing fashion supply chains that help promote sustainability and efficiency on the shop floor.

Our solutions are currently enhancing the lives and livelihoods of more than 40,000 users worldwide, while helping brands reduce material waste and improve efficiency in all aspects of product development and manufacturing. Exenta SCM technology provides the real-time information you need to make critical decisions that affect you, your customers, and your bottom line. This prevents miscommunication, which in turn reduces overproduction. Real-time visibility across your supply chain helps you continuously optimize operational decisions while balancing competing demands for cost, speed, and quality.

Let Exenta streamline your supply chain and reduce your environmental impact. Request a custom demo today.

What is Fast Fashion?  An in-Depth look for what the future holds for this segment of the apparel industry

What is Fast Fashion? An in-Depth look for what the future holds for this segment of the apparel industry

What is Fast Fashion?
Fast fashion can be defined as high trend clothing at low cost that pulls ideas from the runway or celebrity closets and produces these styles at high speed to meet consumer demand. Since fast fashion collections are based off of the most current trends, they do not follow a seasonal product cycle, instead introducing new product every few weeks. Before the 1990’s, shopping was seen as a more occasional event, and there was a distinct difference between high fashion and consumer wear. In the last 20 years, production increased, clothing became cheaper, and high fashion became accessible to everyone. For example, fast fashion giant Zara creates a design, produces, markets and distributes the final item to over 2,000 of its stores (as well as its ecommerce site) in just two weeks. Online retailers, often nicknamed “ultra-fast fashion”, have an even faster turnaround. Coresight Research published a report stating that online retailers such as Missguided, Boohoo and Fashion Nova launch nearly 900 styles every week.

Fast fashion has established itself as a strong and influential presence, both in stores and online, through its speed and flexibility. These characteristics are clearly reflected in its hold on the global market. According to Fashion United, the global apparel industry holds an industry market value of 406 billion dollars and a market share of 4 percent. Fast-fashion giant Inditex, which owns Zara, Pull&Bear, and other fast fashion retailers, is the third largest fast fashion company worldwide with a market value of nearly 92 billion dollars.

Fast fashion pre-pandemic
Before the Coronavirus pandemic, fast fashion was projected to continue increasing exponentially in market value. According to MarketLine, the global apparel industry had been growing at a 4.78% rate each year since 2011. In 2017, the industry was valued at nearly $1.4 trillion dollars in sales and showed no signs of slowing down, with a projected 5.91% yearly growth over the next three years. By 2020, the market size of the apparel industry was expected to reach $1.65 trillion sales in US dollars worldwide, a 60% increase in market size since 2011. A report by McKinsey stated that the world was consuming an excess of 100 billion pieces of clothing a year. Fast fashion retailers, including H&M, Forever21 and Zara, were rapidly expanding their online presence, reaching consumers across the globe.

The impact of Covid-19
The Coronavirus pandemic has dramatically impacted the ongoing success of the global apparel industry. As countries went into lockdown, consumption quickly declined, brick and mortar stores closed their doors, and massive retailers like Forever 21 and J.Crew filed for bankruptcy. Beginning in March, sales in clothing and accessories dropped by nearly half. This marketplace contraction continued into the months that followed, with consumers quickly altering their buying behaviors and thinking twice before making purchases. Fast fashion, however, did not experience the same sharp drops in revenue. These companies were able to adapt more rapidly to consumers’ need to shop online because they already had three factors working in their favor: established ecommerce sites, solid procesess to manage transactions, shipping and returns, and a strong, loyal base of online customers. Zara, for example, reported an increase of 50% in online sales in Q1 2020 and a 95% increase in online sales in April 2020.

So how have fast fashion retailers stayed afloat? Or even, how have they come out ahead?

How fast fashion is staying ahead
According to the New York Times, clothing sales fell 79 percent in April in the United States, the largest drop on record. However, purchases of sweatpants were up 80 percent. Fast fashion retailers quickly evolved with the unprecedented times, designing and manufacturing loungewear to meet the sudden rise in demand. Loungewear and athletic wear retailers with affordable prices and quick turnaround began to show a substantial increase in sales, while fashion retail giants continued to go under.

Fast fashion is an extremely agile segment of the market, quickly adapting to changing consumer behavior and the global landscape. Digital platforms have become the new normal for the fashion industry, with large retailers going primarily online, and fashion shows around the world being projected through a screen. A strong online presence has now become essential to success as a fashion retailer, and that has only become more imperative with the Coronavirus pandemic keeping consumers home.

The fast fashion retailers offering a variety of product on their websites are forced to turn to heavy discounts and promotions in order to push the loads of product left from summer out to make room for fall and winter product quickly coming in. As a result, consumers have been able to worry less about their budgeting aspects as clothing has become more affordable.

Making Sustainability a Priority
This disruption in the supply chain due to the COVID-19 pandemic further exposed just how wasteful some fashion companies are, as they were forced to dispose of thousands of pounds of clothes never purchased. While it is no secret that fast fashion coincides with a numerous amount of environmental and ethical issues, consumers began to pay closer attention to the facts. According to Vogue, the industry as a whole is responsible for over 92 million tons of waste dumped in landfalls per year. Fast fashion retailers have begun to increase their efforts to address these problems and have announced new sustainability models. Zara, H&M, Mango, and others have launched a new wave of green initiatives involving reduced water and energy use, materials and products to be recycled or sustainably sourced, offset carbon and cut greenhouse gas emissions by a certain percent over the next ten to fifty years.

As more consumers make sustain ability a priority, designers are reducing the number of collections released each year. Like many others, trending designer Jacquemus no longer has separate menswear and womenswear collections to cut down on waste and allow designers more time to create pieces. With this fewer pieces and collections to mirror, fast-fashion is having to look elsewhere for inspiration. The rise of influencers on digital platforms such as Instagram, TikTok, and Youtube is quickly filling this gap. Brands have been experimenting with influencers collaboration for several years, as it has grown in popularity since 2010 when Instagram first launched. Due to the pandemic, consumers have been more present than ever on social media, and buying has become heavily influenced by the stylists that consumers follow on social media channels. Fast fashion retailer NastyGal recently launched a collaboration with Swedish-based Instagram influencer Josephine H.J. that sold out in a few days.
How can fast fashion continue to evolve and grow profitably to meet consumer expectations?

Innovating the fast fashion supply chain
Fast fashion retailers deliver new products to market in as little as two weeks, so brands with better-than-average supply chain visibility through technology enjoy more opportunities to profit from changing trends than supply chain laggards. To move this quickly, brand owners use Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software to accelerate design, development and sourcing while fostering greater supply chain collaboration. PLM helps brands streamline approvals, change management, line selection, vendor quotes and bids, compliance and other global processes.

As consumers demand even faster and more innovative products, retailers must evolve quickly to meet these needs. To remain competitive in this fast-paced market, companies need a PLM that turbocharges their product lifecycle. Exenta PLM software for the fashion industry eliminates much of the tedious data entry to keep designers creative and automates time-consuming processes to speed products to market and simplify global collaboration.

With the continued decline of traditional department stores, fast fashion companies now have the opportunity to take over a new segment of the market. As fast fashion continues to grow with this new opportunity, a streamlined and efficient workflow for retailers is essential. Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) provide complete visibility into inventory levels of production supplies and finished garments. Our WMS fashion software delivers the solutions needed to accelerate product development by speeding operations, increasing productivity, and ensuring accuracy during production.

Exenta provides a comprehensive set of tools for managing fashion supply chains that help promote sustainability and efficiency on the shop floor. Our solutions are currently enhancing the lives and livelihoods of more than 40,000 users worldwide, while helping brands reduce material waste and improve efficiency in all aspects of product development and manufacturing.

Be a part of the future with us. Schedule a custom demo today.

Four Biggest Problems Facing Fashion Manufacturers and How a Dedicated ERP System Can Help

Four Biggest Problems Facing Fashion Manufacturers and How a Dedicated ERP System Can Help

Digital disruption is redefining the fashion industry from product sourcing, labor, and supply chain to sales and distribution. To be successful in today’s market, “brands need a digital mindset to cater to their consumers” and manufacturers must respond effectively to rapid changes impacting operations, finances, and production. Recent research from McKinsey notes that fashion manufacturers must find ways to become more resilient and take action to increase productivity, operational efficiency, and financial flexibility.

Learn more about the four biggest problems facing fashion manufacturers and how dedicated fashion ERP software can help.

What is fashion ERP software?

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), whether it’s called fashion ERP software or apparel ERP software, is a business system that manages finances and production resources. Because it’s an end-to-end solution, ERP for apparel industry emboldens responsive supply chain operations, better informed decision-making, and increased sales and margins. Using apparel ERP software, businesses:
• Streamline order-to-cash
• Improve financial controls
• Automate critical processes

Read on to see why fashion supply chain ERP software is uniquely positioned to help fashion manufacturers overcome four issues causing industry disruption.

Four problems facing fashion manufacturers

1) Responding to consumer shifts. Consumer behavior and preferences change fast and it can be difficult for manufacturers to keep up with appropriate inventory levels. Smaller orders with fast turnaround times can put pressure on raw material needs, quality control, and labor costs. As a result, manufacturers can be caught off guard with quick changes in demand causing unexpected increases in costs across the entire supply chain. Fashion ERP software allows you to integrate processes and information to embolden more responsive supply chain operations and higher levels of collaboration.
2) Product sourcing. Cost-effective product sourcing is now essential in the fashion industry. But it can be difficult for businesses who source internationally to keep up with the politics, trade regulations, culture, and financial issues that are essential to the success of your business. Apparel ERP software enables you to track and manage all of the costs associated with sourcing raw materials and production including transportation, tariffs, and more. Plus you can add on a vendor portal solution to your ERP to automate the procurement and bidding process and optimize the sourcing process to meet your business needs and requirements.
3) Sustainability and minimizing waste. Fashion businesses want to incorporate more sustainable practices to fight against waste and reduce their carbon footprint. Fashion ERP software enables you to manage and control costs during the manufacturing process to minimize unused raw materials like fabric scraps, increase labor and line efficiency, and reduce chargebacks due to quality issues.
4) Financial flexibility. Apparel ERP software helps drive innovation. With real-time data and analytics, you can analyze bottlenecks in your operation and solve these unique issues. ERP helps you make faster, more accurate, and better-informed decisions about your business.
How does ERP drive fashion manufacturing success?

Exenta ERP helps you manage your entire business and supply chain. It provides real-time visibility and control, increased productivity and efficiency, and speeds on-time deliveries. When used together, product lifecycle management ERP and SFC (shop floor control) combine to optimize the supply chain. Product lifecycle management (PLM) enables fashion businesses to track product information changes and communicate those changes to appropriate parts of the supply chain. ERP takes that information to manage the resources needed for production and tracks and reports on the financial impacts of those changes. SFC provides real-time plant visibility and control to improve your manufacturing execution processes.

Use ERP to analyze data and drive innovation

More fashion and apparel businesses are looking for new and practical ways to optimize the supply chain, drive efficiency, and increase access to real-time information. Exenta provides end-to-end software solutions that drive speed to market for the fashion and apparel industry. We help you meet ever-changing customer demands and provide greater supply chain control and visibility. For more information, contact us today for a free demo and find out how our innovative solutions will maximize your business potential.

PLM vs. ERP: What Are the Differences and How Can They Both Benefit Your Fashion Manufacturing Company?

PLM vs. ERP: What Are the Differences and How Can They Both Benefit Your Fashion Manufacturing Company?

The estimated worth of the global fashion industry was about $2.5 trillion in 2017, yet most apparel manufacturers deal with razor-thin profit margins. RIS notes, “few supply chains are as dynamic as those relied upon by the fashion industry…speed and cost efficiency are both critical” as businesses manage numerous products, suppliers, and shifting consumer demand. That’s why more forward-thinking fashion and apparel businesses are leveraging technology to drive the visibility, speed, and accuracy needed to adapt to evolving customer demands and increasingly competitive industry landscape.

The good news is that there are many fashion-industry-specific software solutions on the market to help your business improve control, minimize costs, and improve productivity. With so many choices out there, choosing the right solution to meet each business need can be overwhelming. Sometimes different solutions appear to manage the same functions or provide the same benefits. All too often, manufacturers are led to believe that ERP for the apparel industry can help with fashion PLM when in fact, they are very different. In this post, I will provide an overview of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Enterprise Resource Management (ERP) as well as a comparison of PLM vs. ERP. Discover the details behind each solution, their benefits, and how PLM and ERP work together to enhance collaboration and improve business performance.

What is an ERP and how does it work?
ERP, whether it’s called fashion ERP software or apparel ERP software, is a business system that manages finances and production resources. Fashion ERP software is an end-to-end solution that emboldens responsive supply chain operations, better informed decision-making, and increased sales and margins. Using fashion ERP software, businesses:
• Streamline order-to-cash
• Improve financial controls
• Automate critical processes

What is PLM or PLM fashion software?
PLM, also known as fashion PLM software and apparel PLM software, manages all the information related to your product or style throughout the product development process—including concepts, work-in-process, and revisions. Fashion PLM software keeps designers creative by eliminating tedious data entry, automating processes, and enhancing collaboration to speed products to market. PLM fashion software manages all aspects of the product lifecycle from conception and design to production and distribution. Businesses use fashion PLM software to:
• Streamline the development cycle
• Reduce product costs
• Track and manage calendar

How do ERP and PLM work together to drive fashion manufacturing success?

The fashion and apparel industry must manage a large range of size and color combinations and materials from a design and production perspective—as well as a stay on top of sourcing strategies and efficient production at various facilities. PLM enables fashion businesses to track product information changes and communicate those changes to appropriate parts of the supply chain. ERP takes that information to manage the resources needed for production and tracks and reports on the financial impacts of those changes.

Integrating ERP and PLM provides greater visibility across fashion business operations by delivering accurate, up-to-date product data to stakeholders. Business and finance managers have greater visibility into product launch timing so they can better manage cash flow and plan sales, purchases, inventory, facilities, and more.

By integrating ERP and PLM, your business gains seamless control of product development, business financials, and manufacturing processes. PLM enables you to keep up with the latest trends and gets your products to market as fast as possible—while minimizing costs and enhancing quality. One important transition event between PLM and ERP is the creation of production orders.

While the design process may be finalized within the PLM system, production orders are created and managed within your ERP. Once your design and style are complete, an ERP system can help you procure the materials you need at the best price. Fashion ERP software manages financial information and organizes reporting for order processing, purchasing, accounting, inventory management, and manufacturing management.

Automate Your Fashion Supply Chain
More fashion and apparel businesses are looking for new and practical ways to optimize the supply chain, drive efficiency, and increase access to real-time information. By integrating PLM and ERP, you’ll better manage information at every stage of design, manufacturing, and distribution.

Exenta provides end-to-end software solutions that drive speed to market for the fashion and apparel industry. We help you meet ever-changing customer demands and provide greater supply chain control and visibility. For more information, contact us today for a free demo and find out how our solutions can help you maximize your business potential.

Six Reasons Why Efficient Shop Floor Control is the Key to Fashion Manufacturing Success

Six Reasons Why Efficient Shop Floor Control is the Key to Fashion Manufacturing Success

Your fashion business might be producing one of today’s hottest trends with sustainably-sourced, quality materials. But what happens if your business experiences an unexpected supply chain delay and production falls short of your goals? Will your business be forced to add more equipment or hire additional workers? How can you improve visibility into production activities and shop floor control so it doesn’t happen again?

Fashion manufacturers are constantly racing against the clock to meet time-to-market expectations and consumer demand. To be successful, it’s critical to control operational costs and keep overhead low. That’s why adding more machines or staff isn’t always the best solution. Learn six reasons why efficient shop floor control is the key to fashion manufacturing success. Find out how manufacturers are using shop floor control systems to reduce costs, improve quality, speed delivery times, and maximize profitability.

What is shop floor management

More forward-thinking fashion manufacturers are asking what are shop floor control systems and how can those systems improve productivity and efficiency. According to Gartner, shop floor control, or shop floor management, is a software solution providing tools to track, schedule, and report on work progress in manufacturing facilities. With shop floor control, supervisors and managers gain the visibility needed to identify and resolve potential issues that disrupt production operations.

Shop floor control systems embolden manufacturers to:
• Collect data in real-time on the shop floor.
• Allocate and track resource usage including hours and quantities by work order or by employee.
• Define and set rules for processes including support for individual and team incentives.
• Gain visibility into plant floor activities with order milestone tracking and predictive notifications.
• Schedule production activities, track progress, and make real-time adjustments with line balancing tools.
• Improve quality control with better visual control and performance reporting.

Why shop floor control is key to fashion manufacturing success

With little room for errors and delays, fashion manufacturers must constantly stay on top of the status of each order, individual and team productivity, and any off-standard events that can make the difference between on-time delivery and chargebacks. Any misstep that results in order delays negatively impacts your bottom line.
Shop floor control systems, also known as real-time manufacturing execution systems (MES), make real-time shop floor management a reality for fashion manufacturers of all sizes. Consider these six benefits:

1. Increase productivity and efficiency. Increase productivity and efficiency with real-time scheduling, instant document delivery, scanning, facial recognition time tracking, quality control tools, real-time alerts to machine issues and more. Manufacturers have achieved long-term productivity improvements of 25-40% with Shop Floor Control.

2. Reduce throughput time. Shop Floor Control captures the information needed to identify bottlenecks sooner and determine root causes so management can make more informed decisions to keep production running smoothly.

3. Improve visibility and control. Managers receive constant feedback about work team and individual operator performance so they can make appropriate utilization adjustments. Employees can do their jobs better and faster with access to details about the products they’re assembling.

4. Manage costs and quality. Control your labor and materials costs with real-time data about defects and repairs. Use this insight to make quick adjustments and meet quality control expectations that increase customer satisfaction and profitability.

5. Reduce absenteeism. Managers have access to time and attendance information in real time so they can identify and address any attendance issues or trends that cause workflow issues or production loss.

6. Minimize off-standard time. Get real-time notifications of potential problems before they happen including machine downtime, inventory stocking levels, and line setting. Make informed decisions to proactively address issues affecting productive time versus unproductive time.

Increase shop floor control and performance

The insights generated by Shop Floor Control affect performance and profitability in important ways. Shop Floor Control delivers the real-time measurements needed to improve manufacturing processes, increase operational efficiency, maximize labor utilization, and improve quality control. All of these are fundamental aspects of fashion manufacturing profitability.

Exenta is here to help fashion manufacturers reduce costs, improve quality, and speed delivery times. Our Shop Floor Control Manufacturing Execution System (MES) leverages IoT technology and off-the-shelf tablets to place real-time plant floor management in the hands of manufacturers. Our Warehouse Management System works with Shop Floor Control to increase efficiency across your entire supply chain and sales channels. Request a free demo today and find out how our innovative solutions will maximize your business potential.