Without the apparel industry, the world would look a lot different. The majority of people on the earth rely on it, in one form or another, every day.
Industry stats and figures reflect this truth. In fact, the apparel industry is one of the largest in the world. In the United States alone, the market was valued at $359 billion in 2015 according to Statista.
Because of the size and importance of the industry, apparel manufacturers, retailers, suppliers and others face unique challenges. The market is in a constant state of change as those involved in the industry try to anticipate and adapt to various trends and customer needs. If you work in the apparel industry, you understand these challenges. You’ve likely tried to find technological solutions to the situations you face day in and day out but may feel as though you’re coming up short.
FDM4 understands the challenges and needs of those in the apparel industry and has been creating technological solutions to solve them since 1978. As a leading provider of integrated ERP, WMS, E-commerce, CRM, PLM and Mobile Applications, many of our modular, industry-specific applications are designed with apparel manufacturers and retailers in mind.
Below, we’ll share solutions relevant to the apparel industry – from garment manufacturers to footwear suppliers, along with answers to frequently asked apparel-related software questions.
When work orders require assembly from raw materials, the process can be complicated. Our simple, user-friendly manufacturing interface makes it easy to create specific jobs and to track the process – including employee time spent on each task – for better oversight.
The manufacturing ERP module provides users with a multi-level Bill of Material to help establish raw material requirements for each finished product, along with job routing requirements that help set standard amounts for labor.
The order life cycle is where many apparel businesses lose a significant amount of efficiency. FDM4’s Order Processing and Returns Management module is designed to streamline the process, from receiving quotes and orders through fulfilling orders and invoicing.
The system aids in allowing for on-time delivery, which helps drive client satisfaction, leading to increased sales and profits over time. The module reduces manual entry time by providing teams the information they need in the format that works best for them.
Without accurate forecasting and purchasing procedures, apparel businesses cannot grow efficiently. Our Purchase and Forecast Management system streamlines the procure-to-pay process from order entry to billing. Buyers can use the information provided to make informed decisions based on inventory requirements, current levels and overall customer demand. Additional vendor information provides performance and quality information to further aid in the decision-making process both domestically and overseas.
Collaboration and streamlined processes are a focus of this solution.
Apparel businesses need multiple team members to manage inventory. Using an inventory management ERP system, these team members from various business areas can view and share information directly and efficiently.
In this system, inventory data is readily available, providing decision-makers with total control of all distribution functions to help manage inventory more effectively. Real-time inventory level information helps prevent out-of-stock and overstock issues, allowing for smooth processes across the board.
Each of our apparel-specific ERP solutions can improve process efficiencies, reduce frustrations and lay the groundwork for increased growth and profit-potential in the future.
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Our WMS solutions for the apparel industry are designed to reduce the complexity and confusion of traditional software add-ons and integrations with a full-service solution that integrates fully with our apparel ERP solutions. You can use these solutions to increase the accuracy of inventory, maximize warehouse space and fulfill orders rapidly and without errors while streamlining cycle counting.
Features that differentiate our WMS solutions from those you’ve likely seen before include:
What could you do with increased warehouse management capabilities and more efficient processes?
Our software provides:
Our user-friendly E-Commerce solutions eliminate frustrations for you and your customers, streamline the purchasing process and provide the records you need to make sound decisions going forward.
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Our CRM solutions are designed to change this. We understand that without software designed for the fashion and apparel industry, a business is likely to face unnecessary frustrations and setbacks. Sales reps who work with proper CRM systems, on the other hand, are 65% more likely to reach sales quotas.
FDM4’s solution starts with the ability to access client data in real time, making it easy for sales reps and managers to find sales histories without additional uploads or downloads, track payment information and view current order statuses.
Other capabilities of our CRM solutions include:
To take your customer relationship management to the next level
Our PLM allows apparel businesses to manage product development from start to finish. The system operates using sophisticated costing and critical path workflow engines to ensure on-time, on-budget products.
Features of FDM4’s PLM include:
Our Accounting system integrates traditional accounting tools including the General Ledger, Accounts Payable/Receivable, Consolidations and more with the other ERP modules, eliminating manual data entry and sorting. This increases process efficiency and reduces human error. Transactions can be generated quickly and viewed in a summarized format by those who need it most.
Critical functions of our Accounting ERP system include:
Each of these functions is designed to reduce the reliance on traditional accounting methods while integrating fully with other ERP modules and solutions.
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This software simplifies the process by mixing the flexibility of Style-Based Order Entry procedures with the capability to outline specific details that will be required to prepare a product for shipping – either in-house or with the help of a third party.
If your company allows customers to place decoration orders, your ideal management solution has arrived
If you’ve been searching for apparel software solutions, you’ve likely come across hosted and on-premise options. Which is best?
In short, it depends on the capabilities of your in-house team. On-premise software solutions may have a lower price tag, but upgrades will require the expertise of your team members or the cost of bringing someone on site.
Hosted or “cloud-based” solutions provide the infrastructure necessary to keep your systems operating to your standards and allow updates to complete off-site. Hosted options, like those provided by FDM4, provide added layers of security, 24×7 monitoring and management, along with backup options to reduce or eliminate downtime.
FDM4 offers both on-site and hosted options that are designed to meet the needs of your business. Our IT Support team is here to provide the solution that’s best for you.
Implementation without support would be a frustrating, nearly impossible task.
Because apparel is your business, we have made it our business. Our consultants are available to help implement end-to-end software solutions and ERP systems from training to “go-live.”
As a Total Solution Provider, we customize and provide the necessary software, database products, project plans, modifications, integration, testing, training and ongoing support. Our expertise and experience in the apparel industry help you to achieve implementation success, reduce overall levels of risk, increase the speed of your implementation and improve results.
There’s no need to tackle implementation on your own – we have you covered.
Simply – yes. While our products are designed modularly to reduce the level of customization necessary to implement and go live, they can still be customized to meet the needs of your business.
One size never fits all. We understand that each business – even within the same industry – has its own processes, products and services that are inherent with specific needs.
Our full-service programming and consulting department allows us to provide customized solutions that meet specific needs and are customized to work the way you need them to work from the start. Your solutions should reflect your business to both those inside your company and to customers. Customization makes this possible.
In-house IT department? No. On-site IT department? No problem.
We provide IT support for all installations and integrations along with network connectivity support to customers. Our IT professionals have extensive knowledge in hardware, operating systems, networking, web security, database backup and disaster recovery, which means we can provide timely, solution-driven support when necessary.
Decreased downtime, increased scalability and improved reliability are our goals. We’re here to get you running and keep you running smoothly from the start.
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