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The Perfect Fit: Fashion ERP Software for Fashion-Centric Brands

Posted by The Experts at RLM on Feb 9, 2018 9:43:48 AM

fashion-specific-software-comparison.pngAre you wondering how your business software can be built so it is more suited for your fashion brand? Fashion ERP Software is not something you have to custom build because it already exists.

Often when fashion brands are looking for a solution they tend to look at products that are not considered industry specific. We've put together a list that highlights the advantages of fashion-specific software and why it's likely to be a more productive and cost efficient choice than generic software solutions.  

First and foremost, if you are a fashion brand you already have a more unique product than most industries. 
  1. The Apparel Matrix

You have a product that can come in multiple colors and sizes. Most non-apparel specific products aren't tracked in a grid format such as the "Apparel Matrix" common to fashion, footwear and apparel brands.  

  1. Item Configuration 

The same Item may come in multiple fabrics with different costs to manufacture and price points to produce. Most systems would require you to change the item number to satisfy the requirements of the business software, resulting in difficulty and confusion during the selling process, as well as the general reporting and intelligence gathering functions.

  1. Seasonality

One of the biggest differentiators of an apparel-specific product vs. more generic cross industry software products is seasonality. In the fashion industry, brands may be involved in up to five different markets a year, which means new lines must be developed and information needs to be easily processed at the seasonal level. Most generic systems don't handle this function well.

  1. Carryover or Core Product

After introducing a product, some fashion brands transition it to a core or "carry over" season based on sales performance. Fashion-specific designations allow your brand to carry the product over systematically into a different season-- keeping all your inventory, costs, sales and performance reports intact from previous seasons in which the product was sold.

  1. Apparel Inventory Management

With apparel software development, visibility to sizing specifications of a product is paramount. While many systems provide this level of detail, the presentation format becomes a key consideration. Most systems provide a vertical page format, while RLM Apparel Software presents this level of information horizontally making it easier to view and less costly to print.

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