Today’s textile and apparel industry is subject to rapidly evolving fashion trends, and one must continuously offer innovative, upgraded products, be flexible on quantities, focus on quality and maintain delivery deadlines to sustain and thrive in the business. In today’s time the role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) plays a vital role in managing the business better thereby helping the organization to grow at a rapid pace. But when it comes to having a dedicated system to sustain and grow, textile and apparel manufacturers are often handicapped for want of an efficient ERP system that recognizes the volatilities of the industry and factors them into its design.
Except for few sectors in the textile supply chain, all other sectors suffer from the problem of scale. To survive in this highly competitive environment, one has to plan ahead for expansion of facilities thereby being able to attract customers with large orders. Organizations need to develop the best in class business practices, have better control over their business, manage large work force and design an appropriate supply chain. Well defined business processes need to be integrated into organization wide Information management systems to achieve better visibility, control over operations and achieve better profitability. Therefore there is a need for a system that supports the needs to grow and expand.
Our product suite – Seamless for the Apparel & Textile industry - was incorporated in 2005 and has been implemented and supported at multiple locations across APAC region.
Cycle time or the lead time is the key to competitiveness of an organization especially in the apparel industry, as it affects both price and delivery schedule. Cycle time reduction could strongly be correlated with high first pass yield, high throughput times, low variability in process times, low WIP and consequently cost incurred to fulfill the order. When penetration of IT for improving productivity is particularly low in this sector, there is a need for a system that could help improve throughput time and shorten delivery lead times.
A research study by a leading intelligence research provider survey report shows that having access to technology such as ERP, yields for an average company a 13% reduction in operating costs, 14% improvement in on time delivery and 15 % improvement in time to decision. Investment in innovation and technology is vital for an organization as it plays an important role to improve business practices and increase the efficiency and competitiveness of firms. Within an organization, Information and Communication Technology can provide a detailed tracking mechanism by providing real-time access to the progress of an order through the production, minimizing process bottlenecks.
With the present transient status of many countries’ economies, the international textile and apparel industry faces considerable challenge as there are many uncertainties surrounding the global market. There is no doubt that manufacturers who are well equipped with infrastructure and systems will be better positioned to compete in the global marketplace and achieve higher margins for products while yielding greater profits. Rapidly changing customer needs, increasing demand for better products at reasonable price, decreasing product life cycle have all put tremendous pressure on the manufacturers.
Whatever be the challenges for an organization, it is the need for timely availability of the information for decision making that could help overcome them. The type and nature of information and its flow may vary from firm to firm but, whatever form it takes, integrating the existing information systems in an efficient way will certainly help the organization to cut down a good deal of paper work and minimize bottlenecks in decision making process.
Our involvement with Industry processes has helped us gather insights into user perspective, the problems and requirements of our clients. Our product Seamless reflect this expertise.Seamless is backed by EXILANT—with experience in delivering mission critical solutions for Fortune 500 clients across the globe. Seamless is supported by EXILANT’s unique philosophy of delivery—of being long term partners to our clients. We believe that the organization implementing an enterprise solution must benefit from best in class practices that are embedded in the product, while at the same time retaining its own defining characteristics. We achieve this through flexibility of design, incorporating gap analysis sessions in the project plan and emphasis on early user interaction.
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SEAMLESS, a breakthrough product suite, factors in industry volatilities to help apparel manufacturers sharpen their competitiveness, even in rough weather.
Read about the emergence of EXILANT’s premium ERP suite ‘Seamless’ and its successful inroads in to the Apparel & Textile world, with excepts from Rajesh Dwivedi, Sr. Business Development Manager, in the Jan’12 edition of StitchWorld.