Sportswear brand launches PLM
Collaboration is key when it comes to seamlessly creating private-label apparel to sell across branded stores and department store partners.
In effort to streamline information sharing across product development processes, GANT is deploying a product lifecycle management (PLM) solution that promises to improve its product-hit rate, shorten lead times, and enhance margins.
With a global presence in over 70 markets, 750 stores and 4,000 selected retailers, GANT is clearly a vast company that has intricate mission-critical processes, including product development. With ambitions to double its revenue growth and become the leading lifestyle brand in the world by 2020, the company recognized a serious need to improve information sharing and collaboration between different parts of the company.
“We are entering a stage of growth where we need to be more digital and intelligent about how we design and develop products for our consumer,” said Carl Borg, global IT director at GANT.
As a result, the organization added a PLM system designed to automate design and development processes. Armed with Centric 8 from Campbell, Calif.-based Centric Software, GANT is ready to improve communication across the sub-brands operating under House of Gant – GANT Rugger, GANT Diamond G and GANT Original. Using the entire Centric 8 suite, including mobile apps, across all of their departments, GANT is positioned to improve communication, shorten lead times and drive margins.
A PLM tool is paramount to “improving our digital product development processes,” added Borg. “PLM is not just about the tool – it is about the ability to organize and direct the creative aspects of design and production.”
iPhone 7 launches Apple Pay in Japan
Apple Pay is extending its reach.
There is plenty of buzz around this week’s introduction of iPhone 7, from a redesigned high-definition display and cameras to non-existent home buttons and headphone jacks. Where the rubber meets the road however, is that the new phone will give shoppers in Japan the opportunity to use Apple Pay.
Starting next month, Japanese customers armed with iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and Apple Watch Series 2 devices will be able to make convenient and private credit and prepaid card purchases in stores, apps and on the Web with a single touch.
Devices sold in Japan will support FeliCa Type-F near-field communications (NFC) contactless technology, which is used for more than 160 million daily transactions across the country. Japan’s major financial brands will also support Apple Pay, so shoppers can make purchases in many of the country's largest stores, at neighborhood shops and restaurants, and from their favorite online merchants.
“We are incredibly excited to bring iPhone 7 to customers in Japan so they can experience the magic of Apple Pay,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.
Cook also promised that Apple Pay will transform the Japanese consumer’s daily routine, including making commuting easier. With the ability to store Suica, rechargeable contactless smart cards used for commuting, travelers can use Apple Pay when commuting on the country’s railway, JR East.
In addition, the device is further streamlining transit navigation through its Maps app in iOS 10. This additional service allows commuters to easily find ride details, including fare pricing breakdowns, making their commute and budgeting more seamless.
“It is more convenient than ever to use their favorite cards to make secure and private purchases with a single touch,” Cook added.
United Supermarkets makes sure ‘cash is king’ with new solution
Digital payment volume may be growing industry-wide, but there is still plenty of currency filtering through retail stores.
To better manage its currency processes, The United Family is adding a platform designed to drive visibility into cash operations across its five banners, United Supermarkets, Market Street, Amigos, Albertsons Market and United Express. By implementing the VeriBalance currency management platform and vbInSight corporate reporting software, from Balance Innovations, Lenexa, Kansas, “we are gaining consistent, automated procedures that will maximize the efficiency of currency operations, and create more time for serving our customers,” said Mandy Tomlin, controller for The United Family.
Armed with the software, United will reduce bookkeeping time by more than four hours each day, across each store, as well as support consistent practices across the enterprise. The technology also automates the grocer’s front-end operations, which creates more throughput at registers, and frees up associates to focus on the customer experience.
Meanwhile, vbInSight provides United corporate users with greater visibility into store activity and performance through real-time alerts and customizable reports. These enable United to focus on lane accountability, an effort that reduces labor, and efficiently governs cashier and bookkeeper activity to ensure compliance. This insight also enables United to identify and address issues faster without time-consuming manual, costly research.