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What is WFX Cloud PLM and how has it become so important to the fashion industry?

Efficient product management needs good tools. Fashion businesses who try to manage their growth without the right systems tend to overcompensate with complicated workarounds, extra staff, unnecessary overtime and an acceptance of frustration amongst their teams.

Thousands of designers, product developers, garment technologists, buyers and supply-chain managers still rely on a series of spreadsheets and overflowing email inboxes every day, while they rush to manage one of the most complex development processes found anywhere.

It really is no wonder that fashion is full of inefficiencies, with the leadership always relying on individuals to pull together complex information in a variety of spreadsheets to allow simple business decisions to be made.

WFX is the Cloud based solution for fashion, sportswear, footwear and related lifestyle product businesses. More than 20 years ago, what is now a flexible PLM and product management system started off as an online tool to build fashion tech packs. It does that extremely well and in addition allows smaller clients to start running smooth processes across their development cycle. It also allows enterprise level clients to bring their product teams into an environment that is completely integrated with the rest of the business systems.

  • FULLY FEATURED: Manage, specify and control your product from concept to production in a system made for the fashion industry, with 24/7 support.
  • CLOUD BASED: Access WFX from anywhere with an internet connection, work on your tech packs and other tasks from anywhere, removing reliance on internal resources.
  • SCALABLE: Whether you have 5 or 500 people across your product and supply chain teams, WFX has a level that suits your business.
  • Planning & Budgets

  • Design & Development

  • Sourcing & Supply Chain

  • Quality Management

Why should your teams use
WFX to improve Your Business?

More than 35.000 industry professional log into WFX when they start their working day. It is their main workspace and has replaced the spreadsheets, manual reports, strings of difficult to relate correspondence and shared drives.

When your future sales rely on the quality, timely arrival and cost-prices of your collection it is not difficult to justify having a system that gives full visibility on the processes that get your product from concept to launch.

WFX PLM users report significant increases in product development capacity, shorter launch cycles, better collections and earlier visibility on potential margin issues. This is not surprising. All of these effects are expected when you connect all the dots in your processes, which is what WFX does really well.

The best time to start working in WFX? Before your team starts drowning in spreadsheets, duplicated or incorrect fashion tech packs and missed deadlines.

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Fashion PLM that is used by over 35000 industry professionals - WFX

WFX for private label suppliers

The Cloud based WFX PLM system has numerous features which are ideal for those businesses who make collections or products for other brands or retailers.

Register the requirements and demands from your client’s buyer in sales orders, create first techpacks which incorporate their specification, create collection plans, budgets and target costs specifically for that client’s range, track the progress of the product development and production including milestones, sign-off events and approvals. Control is so important, especially when your buyer wants to know if you are hitting timelines, budgets or if their samples have been sent or approved.

But, WFX is not a tool which can only work in isolation. The very flexible export facilities can bring that product information to other systems, so that the next stages in your product, client and supplier related data stream can be dealt with. No more double or triple entering of data, no more trying to format a csv file for import…

Some of the worlds largest sourcing houses are using WFX to manage the development for their clients and the sourcing interactions with their suppliers.

Does that sound interesting? Then simply contact us if you would like to see how WFX could streamline your workflow, increase your capacity and improve the visibility across your processes.

WFX for growing brands and retailers

Keeping track of everything that happens around your collection development, product approvals and sourcing can be a real challenge.

The WFX PLM system was built to make that easier, quicker, more efficient and ultimately, more controllable. The team has more than 20 years of experience in providing WFX Cloud based systems to fashion, sportswear, footwear and other lifestyle product businesses. When you go through your overview of the platform, you can really see how this evolution has created an incredibly fluid and user-friendly working environment.

Brands and retailers across the world make up a large proportion of the more than 35000 industry professional who log into the WFX Cloud based PLM system every day. They plan their collections, create their fashion tech packs (product specifications), interact with their suppliers, arranges prototypes and other samples, manage approval processes, complete milestones, negotiate on costs, set prices and generally gain a high level of control over all their developments.

If you are looking for ‘enter only once’ type efficiency in a highly visual and intuitive environment for your product and sourcing teams, let us know! We will be more than happy to arrange your WFX Cloud PLM overview.

Fashion brands use WFX PLM for product management control

Choose the level to suit your business needs

The WFX system is very scalable. Start with the transformative Product Management Suite and scale up to full Enterprise solutions as your business needs evolve. Need advice on which level matches your current needs? Just let us know and we will gladly discuss this with you.

Product Management Suite

For fashion and related businesses who need to take their product development and decision making processes into a comprehensive and intuitive system. Allow your team to escape the world of spreadsheets, duplication and manual processes.

Typically used by clients with 5 to 15 licenced team members.

INCLUDED MODULES:

OPTIONAL MODULES:

This module adds a full Digital Asset Management (DAM) facility to your WFX PLM system, creating a library of all your digital assets.

Store images, prints, embroideries and other artwork in an interactive environment. Use these to start new developments or link them to products. As you maintain versions the DAM auto-pushes the updated artwork or image to the linked products for you.

Because the DAM has personal and shared folders, as well as social tools, you can even use it to create groups of participants in discussions and selections of images. We see clients use this to shortlist images or artworks for new developments or even to decide which commercial images will be used for specific product listings, look books or campaigns.

Use the mobile app or your computer to upload, tag and file with ease. The searchable DAM module supports images, video, artwork, pdf and other file formats.

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Use the WFX Export Module to transfer the information in your PLM to other systems or 3rd parties in a variety of formats. Use webservices, FTP and other methods to serve data up on a silver platter so that your other systems or partners can receive exactly what they need.

If you use NetSuite as your ERP, there is even a native WFX > NetSuite connector available. WFX are NetSuite’s global PLM partner for the fashion and related industries.

The possibilities are not only broad, but also easy to access and set up.

A connected PLM dramatically reduces the amount of data entry and chance of error across your business.

Ask for an overview

This module is not available without an upgrade to the PLM Plus level, due to its interaction with purchase orders.

This module is not available without an upgrade to the PLM Plus level, due to its interaction with purchase orders.

This module is not available without an upgrade to the PLM Plus level, due to its interaction with purchase orders.

PLM Plus

Full Product Lifecycle Management for growing and established businesses who need to have scalability, control and visibility of all product related information and processes, including advanced buying and production control.

Typically used by clients with 10 to 80 licenced team members.

INCLUDED MODULES:

OPTIONAL MODULES:

This module adds a full Digital Asset Management (DAM) facility to your WFX PLM system, creating a library of all your digital assets.

Store images, prints, embroideries and other artwork in an interactive environment. Use these to start new developments or link them to products. As you maintain versions the DAM auto-pushes the updated artwork or image to the linked products for you.

Because the DAM has personal and shared folders, as well as social tools, you can even use it to create groups of participants in discussions and selections of images. We see clients use this to shortlist images or artworks for new developments or even to decide which commercial images will be used for specific product listings, look books or campaigns.

Use the mobile app or your computer to upload, tag and file with ease. The searchable DAM module supports images, video, artwork, pdf and other file formats.

Ask for an overview

Use the WFX Export Module to transfer the information in your PLM to other systems or 3rd parties in a variety of formats. Use webservices, FTP and other methods to serve data up on a silver platter so that your other systems or partners can receive exactly what they need.

If you use NetSuite as your ERP, there is even a native WFX > NetSuite connector available. WFX are NetSuite’s global PLM partner for the fashion and related industries.

The possibilities are not only broad, but also easy to access and set up.

A connected PLM dramatically reduces the amount of data entry and chance of error across your business.

Ask for an overview

Digitise your inspection process and fully integrate your quality controllers with your technical and supply chain management. The WFX Quality Audit Suite lets you assign your quality controllers to inspection events. This could for instance involve a purchase order which is ready for shipment at the manufacturing location, subject to approval of the goods.

Your inspector uses the WFX iPad app to perform the steps involved in the AQL inspection and submits the results directly to your team for further action.

The suite comprises of the head office module (which can read from purchase orders and products in the system), the system access for your quality controllers and their iPad apps which they use to work on site.

The iPad app also allows the quality controller to work off-line, so inspections can be carried out without the need to use an unreliable or insecure internet connection.

Ask for an overview

The WFX Buying Plan module inserts the capability to plan, approve and place buys for one or more channels or markets.

Whilst doing this the system allocates channel specific size ratio’s, raises pre-approved purchase orders for each channel or market and also keeps your buying team informed of their spent amounts versus their budgets.

It is a great tool, allowing you to automate, save time, create visibility across channel and market requirements and move your forecasting process away from more manual methods.

Ask for an overview

The WFX system, by default, already allows you to assign the information which is typically used on labelling and packaging. However, if your business (or a supply partner) would like to print batches of labels directly from the WFX system this module enables you to do just that.

The Label & Ticket Printing module is able to read from both product and purchase order information and applies the information (including barcodes) into layouts that are directly linked to your preferred printing machine.

Clients who have added this module to their WFX PLM system use this to print care labels, waistband overriders, swing tickets and labels which are applied to packaging.

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Enterprise PLM

For larger, established companies who need fully integrated PLM solutions to accurately feed ERP and other corporate systems with product, costing, pricing and related information. Has all the benefits of PLM Plus combined with great interactivity.

Typically used by clients with 20 or more enterprise team members.

INCLUDED MODULES:

OPTIONAL MODULES:

This module adds a full Digital Asset Management (DAM) facility to your WFX PLM system, creating a library of all your digital assets.

Store images, prints, embroideries and other artwork in an interactive environment. Use these to start new developments or link them to products. As you maintain versions the DAM auto-pushes the updated artwork or image to the linked products for you.

Because the DAM has personal and shared folders, as well as social tools, you can even use it to create groups of participants in discussions and selections of images. We see clients use this to shortlist images or artworks for new developments or even to decide which commercial images will be used for specific product listings, look books or campaigns.

Use the mobile app or your computer to upload, tag and file with ease. The searchable DAM module supports images, video, artwork, pdf and other file formats.

Ask for an overview

Use the WFX Export Module to transfer the information in your PLM to other systems or 3rd parties in a variety of formats. Use webservices, FTP and other methods to serve data up on a silver platter so that your other systems or partners can receive exactly what they need.

If you use NetSuite as your ERP, there is even a native WFX > NetSuite connector available. WFX are NetSuite’s global PLM partner for the fashion and related industries.

The possibilities are not only broad, but also easy to access and set up.

A connected PLM dramatically reduces the amount of data entry and chance of error across your business.

Ask for an overview

Digitise your inspection process and fully integrate your quality controllers with your technical and supply chain management. The WFX Quality Audit Suite lets you assign your quality controllers to inspection events. This could for instance involve a purchase order which is ready for shipment at the manufacturing location, subject to approval of the goods.

Your inspector uses the WFX iPad app to perform the steps involved in the AQL inspection and submits the results directly to your team for further action.

The suite comprises of the head office module (which can read from purchase orders and products in the system), the system access for your quality controllers and their iPad apps which they use to work on site.

The iPad app also allows the quality controller to work off-line, so inspections can be carried out without the need to use an unreliable or insecure internet connection.

Ask for an overview

The WFX Buying Plan module inserts the capability to plan, approve and place buys for one or more channels or markets.

Whilst doing this the system allocates channel specific size ratio’s, raises pre-approved purchase orders for each channel or market and also keeps your buying team informed of their spent amounts versus their budgets.

It is a great tool, allowing you to automate, save time, create visibility across channel and market requirements and move your forecasting process away from more manual methods.

Ask for an overview

The WFX system, by default, already allows you to assign the information which is typically used on labelling and packaging. However, if your business (or a supply partner) would like to print batches of labels directly from the WFX system this module enables you to do just that.

The Label & Ticket Printing module is able to read from both product and purchase order information and applies the information (including barcodes) into layouts that are directly linked to your preferred printing machine.

Clients who have added this module to their WFX PLM system use this to print care labels, waistband overriders, swing tickets and labels which are applied to packaging.

Ask for an overview

Why work with the its.fashion team on your system evaluation?

The its.fashion team exclusively represents WFX in the UK and several other European countries. We have a very close partnership, in which our team also provides a specialist approach to solution design for the many WFX clients.

This gives you access to our very significant experience in working with companies in fashion, footwear, sportswear and accessories. We understand the specific challenges in fashion, footwear, sportswear and lifestyle product businesses and have the solution specialists who can help you evaluate how better product management tools can significantly improve your business.

With numerous PLM, ERP, MRP and process change projects under our belts we look at your business holistically and identify what your total needs will be. So, in other words, we can really put the WFX capabilities into a context that makes sense to your business as a whole.

We have worked with smaller manufacturers, retailers of all sizes as well as local and global brands on their technology projects and needs.

  • Relevant experience
  • Holistic approach
  • Product understanding
  • Process improvement
  • Small and big projects
  • Change management
The its.fashion team has experience in improving fashion business performance by using technology and process improvements

Want to discuss how
WFX Cloud PLM could
help your business?

The team at its.fashion are specialists in technology solutions for fashion and related businesses. If the information on this page has made you wonder how you could improve your development processes, simply contact us.

We would be more than happy to discuss your reasons for looking at technology and provide guidance on which sulution or combination of solutions is worth looking at in more detail.

Contact its.fashion if you want to improve your fashion business technology

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Combine with financial and other systems with ease using the excellent Katana API capabilities and standard integrations. Completing the circle for your business.

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