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Fact: Business Transformation

Fact: Business Transformation

Business transformation involves making fundamental changes to business to achieve organizational goals and business need to improve processes, technologies, and productivity.

Fashion UX - Meet Up in Seattle WA Dec. 5th @ Wakefield Bar 6-8PM

Fashion UX - Meet Up in Seattle WA Dec. 5th @ Wakefield Bar 6-8PM

Lifestyle Brands and Retailers are looking for innovative ways of working with manufacturers, speed and compliance in this every challenging market. Our meet-up will feature the most innovative factories who specialize in fashion knitwear for some of the leading european brands. Speed, Design and product development are what sets this group apart. bring your team, socialize eat and drink with a group that speaks your language. First join Fashion Connected and then RSVP to this breakthrough fashion technology event in one of the greatest apparel and technology cities in the world.

Social Cloud platform for PLM, 2D & 3D Retail, Apparel, Accessory and Footwear Design.

Social Cloud platform for PLM, 2D & 3D Retail, Apparel, Accessory and Footwear Design.

Re-think, re-align, re-energize product creation and development with social PLM & 3D  

Customer Experience

When you put the guest, client and or customer experience at the center of your value proposition - a powerful transformation begins.

In retail and lifestyle brands, many organizations are looking to maximize the customer experience through highly innovative sustainable products and messaging. When you REALLY put the customer experience as the driving factor, everything becomes easier to focus on.

 

 

 

Getting in-bound and outbound teams to understand your product message is more vital today than before. Product experience, value (Benefit / Price) and quality are still leading attributes of buyers along with sustainability. Socializing a product range early and accurately is still a challenge based on the limitations of our current model of flat sketches and physical limitation such as availability of raw materials, supply-chain and logistics and physical sample costs. 

Would you rather do go down a path which will bring marginal improvement or one that will give you EXPONENTIAL improvement.  

Questions to ask are:

1. What is your adoption ratio from design to development?

2. How long is commercialization process from concept/planning to in-store. 

3. How many samples do you average per development style?

4. How many design and development samples do you request per season?

5. What is your Why ?

Once you have the answers to these questions, you can quickly begin down an amazing path from your "as-is" state to your "to-be". StycheCo can show you measurable improvements in accuracy, collaboration, speed to market and supply-chain visibility and agility. We are not consultants but enthusiasts who have a track record of award winning customer satisfaction and long-term vision.

http://www.stycheco.com/take-action/

 

Fashion Connected: Meetup Lunch and Learn, Social Product Development pt. 1

A week ago today, was the inaugural lunch and learn MeetUp, hosted by Fashion Connected, for a brand new initiative called, Social Product Development. Although it was just an hour and a half, we had industry leaders in top international and national retailers, design, color and trend executives, vertical lifestyle and active wear brand, ecom companies and freelance designers.

The focus of the event was to have lunch and learn, but also to also socialize. The discussion of the day was to expound on social product development as a 3 part series, of which this was the first part.

One of the best moments for me during the event, happened very early during introductions. As we were going around the room getting to know who our neighbors are, it was soon time for a young man to take his turn. He politely said, " Hi, I'm Noah, I'm 14 and I'm here to learn more about the fashion industry". Everyone smiled and warmly welcomed Noah.  Next to Noah was an executive and leader in the industry who quipped "Hi I'm not 14" and the entire room broke into laughter.

The retail, apparel, footwear and accessories industry are facing pretty big challenges today in how they commercialize their brand and products. The main topic in this section, was to begin to identify what those are and begin to learn how social product development can be a clever platform to bringing tools together in solving them.

Another highlight was when we discussed mobile integration for inspiration in textile surface design creation- a concept we like to call "design in motion". The goal here was to demonstrate the ability to be fast, accurate and collaborative with Pointcarre and BeProduct together. In an earlier discussion, this topic was referred to as "transformational". The ability to see a creative thought all the way through its completion virtually without interference or obstacles. Showing that collaborative tools and people can cheerfully visualize a shirt in multiple fabrics and prints in minutes via virtual prototyping through to ecom.

The meeting went very well and we will be posting some of the highlights on both the StycheCo, Pointcarre and BeProduct websites and YouTube.

Personally I tried to ask everyone after the event if they felt they in fact learned something from this event and most did.

I wanted to personally thank everyone from Fashion Connected meetup who joined and a special thanks to BeProduct and Pointcarre who did a great job and who also be at the 2nd installment of social product development.

Finally I wanted to thank Noah, who I had the fortune of bringing to this meetup. Not only did he actively participate but in fact, I learned much from him. Although he likes some designers that personally I did not know, we both have our top designer choice as Alexander McQueen … Ironic is it not … That this young man who joined our meetup, actually knew the motto for fashion connected and stycheco inc., which is inspired from McQueen - "respect the tradition but break the rules"

Hope to see you at the next event September 9th at 12:30pm. See the link provided on the RSVP .

to learn more about Pointcarre go to www.pointcarre.com and BeProduct. Enjoy the recap below and look forward to the next event. Transformational change begins with you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teckpack DISRUPTED & Product Creation Re-invented

StycheCo is delighted to be innovating with a select group of brands on adopting a new social product development platform, called BeProduct. So far the results have been outstanding.  

 

1. Smart Adobe® Illustrator®, Excel® and Dropbox®  Integration

2. Native IOS and Android Mobile Apps

3. Live Mark-Up of Inspiration and Fit Photos

2. Zero upgrade cost

3. True Cloud architecture

4. Eliminates 75% data entry and clicks for TECHPACK creation.

5. Full ability to implement and configure  without a developer or report writer.

 

If your organization designs, creates graphics for licensing or for packaging, provides technical or detail sketches, wants its external partners, suppliers or vendors to participate in 3D apparel product creation, BOM (Bill of Material), Spec or costing stages and track multiple samples, across hardlines and softlines, then this post is directed to you.

 

Though there are examples of retailers and brands creating TECKPACKS with various tools, they are doing so in a complex and time consuming way. There are plenty of blogs and posts, which point to the challenges and opportunities. Some existing and documented challenges are: lack of adoption, poor performance, lack of integration with creative tools, months or years to implement, need to onboard or hire additional resources to address excessive data entry and finally exuberant upgrade costs.

 

The focus of this post is a call to action for  the industries merchandisers, designers, graphics and product developers in brands and retailers that there is a fresh approach and platform that can effectively address not only the challenges of existing TECHPACK tools but does so in a way that uses an innovative on-boarding approach. This approach is designed to bring teams together and just like social tools they use today, empowers them use the same user experience at their desks - to be creators of innovative content rather than wasting more time in non value added meetings and data re-entry.

 

We are looking for lifestyle brands and retailers who have either out-grown existing product development tools or struggling with adoption and organizational challenges implementing a TECHPACK/ PLM tool. 

 

See our product creation video above for a look and feel of the platform. Don't forget to subscribe to StycheCo and BeProduct YouTube Channels for informative content on how to successfully approach on-boarding to social product development.

 

We would be delighted to talk with you and socialize this new approach & platform to see if it's right for you. Follow this link to tell us about you and your company. 

 

http://www.stycheco.com/take-action/

Dream More, Learn More & Become More

Complexity, ambiguity, risk and long cycle times is something that retail, fashion and fast moving consumer goods industry has experienced plenty of in the last 10 years. The good news is that it doesn't have to be that way anymore. The digital consumer, global trade regulations and manufacturing are converging at a rate far beyond our existing planet, people, metrics, processes, and existing enterprise technology can support. 

Few can dispute the massive wave of large retail bankruptcies in the last few months, is a call to action. The majority of industries recognize the question is not - IF they need to update processes and technology footprint with new ways of working and tools but how.  StychCo's core belief is that people with passion, knowledge and experience can change the world for the better. Over the past 30 years we have had the opportunity to work with the most talented luxury brands, retailers, designers, executives, sourcing folks, IT and developers and software providers. And so what we are going to do this year is to help get the industry back to doing what its great at. Alot has changed the consumer is completely different today and the international regulations and calls for transparency are louder today than ever before. And so we are going to bring some much needed alignment and strategy deployment to enable those core values to happen faster with higher quality.   

The StycheCo value proposition or "FIT" is to inspire and bring out the passion of your teams through our winning experience and know-how with retailers, brands and technology providers teams and executives, to answer the ubiquitous question of "how" to approach these vital transformations. 

See our whiteboard video below and follow the link to let us know what are your challenges and we will be happy to listen and put a plan of action together that is right for you.