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The Fashion and Apparel Retailers' Conundrum
Retail remains a very tactile industry, focused on the hand, drape, and durability of fabrics and trim—besides which, designs are still being sketched on paper

design brief samples  and reducing the product design cycle, for which successful downstream and upstream systems integration is increasingly important. As such, the product lifecycle management (PLM) software category, which has traditionally applied to discussions of pre-production processes, is taking on much greater meaning in the sourcing and logistics realm. PLM emerged as a tool for discrete manufacturing, which needed to keep track of product specifications in computer-aided design (CAD) drawings, and where-used

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Core PLM for Discrete Industries

The foundation of product lifecycle management (PLM) for the discrete manufacturing industries is product data management (PDM). It covers design and product-related aspects of PLM including management of material specifications, product structures, production processes, design tools, document management, and design collaboration. 

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