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5 reasons why PLM is a must-have for Fashion companies

Let us explain why Lectra Fashion PLM 4.0, specifically designed for the fashion industry, will help you change your perspective on PLM.

"Lectra Fashion PLM 4.0 represents a comprehensive end-to-end suite of integrated solutions that can be adapted and configured for almost any business mode" said Mark Harrop, WhichPLM founder and CEO.

When technology companies first introduced PLM software to the market, fashion industry insiders were skeptical. Sure, it sounds great to integrate people, processes and data into a single platform but the biggest question was how much time and effort would it to take to convert to a new system? PLM project scopes were often extremely wide and needed a long transition phase.

Fortunately, modern technology has changed the rules of the PLM game. PLM is no longer that complicated and expensive software we used to know. Let’s start this conversation by looking at Lectra Fashion PLM 4.0 in greater detail through WhichPLM’s latest benchmark report.


Let us explain why Lectra Fashion PLM 4.0, specifically designed for the fashion industry, will help you change your perspective on PLM:

Because WhichPLM said so.

If you’ve ever considered investing in a PLM solution for your company, then you’re likely familiar with WhichPLM. This independent, online magazine and source of free advice for the RFA and CPG industries, specifically for Product Lifecycle Management, carries out regular evaluations of fashion-specific PLM solutions.

Drawing on 30-years of hands-on PDM, CPM & PLM experience, WhichPLM uses exhaustive research methods to deliver independent, unbiased conclusions. For this benchmark report, WhichPLM rated Lectra Fashion PLM 4.0 based on these factors:

- Supplier competencies and industry knowledge
- PLM solution technical benchmark, contrasted against industry averages
- Roadmap and development
- Executive vision
- Customer Feedback

And we have outperformed the competition, according to WhichPLM’s benchmark report.

This is the third time that we’ve been benchmarked by WhichPLM, and we are proud that our solution, developed by fashion experts for the fashion industry, outscored the competition in 32 out of the 44 functional areas evaluated. We spent the last year profoundly rethinking and reworking our Fashion PLM 4.0 solution, and this ranking is proof that the new strategy of modular, cost-effective solutions has paid off.

Using WhichPLM’s rating system, we earned “3.75/5 possible stars, and an overall grade at the extremely high end of ‘above average’.” By way of comparison, the current industry average star rating is 2/5 possible stars, and an overall grade of ‘reasonable’.

Here’s a glimpse at what makes Lectra Fashion PLM 4.0 stand out from the competition.

4 stars:
- Collaboration & Integration
- Graphical User Interface
- Specification management
- Material Development

3.5 stars:
- 3D – Technical
- Color Licensing
- Bill of Material (BOM) Management
- Application Protocol Interface (API)
- Costing
- Adobe Creative Suite Integration

This is not a one-size-fits-all solution.  We put our customers and their specific needs at the heart of the business while developing Lectra Fashion PLM 4.0.

Based on best practices, use cases derived from 45 years of fashion industry experience, Lectra Fashion PLM 4.0 is specially designed by fashion experts to help companies work smarter and faster through better teamwork that is powered by supply-chain digitization.  This solution helps our customers overcome today’s fashion-specific challenges by equipping them with the relevant tools and knowledge.

The digital revolution has brought about consumers’ “see-now-buy-now” mentality, which poses different sets of challenges to different types of businesses. We identified the key processes that different business models have to focus on in order to overcome these challenges. We developed three different starter configurations, “Design to Source”, “Develop to Source” and “Develop to Manufacture” for different business models, namely brands, retailers and manufacturers, to help them navigate the Industry 4.0 era.

According to WhichPLM’s benchmark report, the solution “represents a comprehensive, end-to-end suite of integrated solutions that can be adapted and configured for almost any business mode” and is in a sense, very democratic because of our “well-judged price point”, starting with 85€ per month for a standard user.

Developed upon the industry’s best practices, Lectra Fashion PLM 4.0 has changed the rules of the game by being scalable, making it easier for users to “grow as they go, and grow as they change”.

When we developed our latest PLM solution, one of our biggest priorities was to provide a solution that could adapt to all businesses that are experiencing different growth stages and challenges.   That’s exactly why we made the Lectra Fashion PLM 4.0 scalable. Users can choose (or not!) to widen the solution’s functional scope by adding more modules to their starter configuration. With a wealth of seven modules to choose from, such as Material Forecast, Calendar & Workflow module, the solution can be adapted to the customer’s business maturity, instead of the other way round. This step-by-step approach will make the transitional phase shorter and easier.

WhichPLM praised the solution for its adaptability in its benchmark report. “Combined, the modular approach (with some extremely well-considered initial configurations) and a well-judged price point for subscriptions have the potential to be genuinely disruptive.

We care about the user’s everyday experience.

In practice, each of these principles was visible in the solution as shown to us, but encompassing them all is a significantly improved user experience (or UX).” – WhichPLM, WhichPLM Supplier Evaluation Report 2018.

We recognize that our users are busy, working professionals who don’t have the time for complicated procedures, and we want to make the solution as user-friendly as possible for them.

We made our interface configurable because we want every user to be able to access information on the instant. With Lectra Easy Tool, end users will have everything served on a silver platter when they log in, by being able to manage standard data blocks, add new ones, export configurations, and organize screens.

Overall, users can expect an enhanced user experience easier integration with existing ecosystems thanks to our preconfigured connectors. They can benefit from expanded standard libraries, deeper integration between designers and patternmakers, and powerful material forecasting tools. Designers can now work in their native environments as the solution comes with an Adobe Creative Cloud integration.

Coupled with an accompanying easy onboarding system, Lectra Fashion PLM 4.0 is a clear step towards continuously improving accessibility and user satisfaction without the significant costs of customization.


Still not convinced?

All you have to do is read the entire evaluation yourself. Click here.