Business transformation involves making fundamental changes to business to achieve organizational goals and business need to improve processes, technologies, and productivity.
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.
Inspired by the Olympic efforts of all the athletes, the planning and execution of the Rio Olympics, I wanted to share a few thoughts and ask the question. Why is speed so important to us? Why are we attracted to it? and how important is speed when it comes to design? Design is a practice that statrs and enables product creation - and we covet the ability to do what we do quickly and with authenticity and accuracy. However, when we look at the importance of speed to market, product creation and major initiatives such as PLM (product life-cycle management), there are conditions that have slowed down that process.
There is a perception that design departments and creatives are resistant to technology specifically PLM. However it should be emphasized, that design is pro technology. Design has embraced technology that makes them faster, allows them to accomplish more in less time, seamlessly integrates with other technology tools, and is super easy to use. It is not just the design group, but rather any group or department, will opposes technology that; slows them down, adds more work to their already challenging day, doesn't intelligently work with their preferred software tools and has a poor user experience. The consequences of that adds costs, risk and complexity which reduces your speed.
Design teams are highly tech savvy and undisputed curators of aesthetic, style, color, graphics, fabrication, fit and aspiring to be more sustainable. However, corporate intra-departmental culture and structure doesn't make it easy nor transparent, to share facts and answers to important questions related to product creation experience.
This "voice of the product creator" anonymous survey, is a peer to peer platform to answer and share facts in-order to improve the product creation experience for everyone especially design. The goal is to build bridges not walls.
click below and join the discussion
Change starts with you!
StycheCo is continuing its open and transparent peer to peer approach to thought leadership and engagement for digital product creation in the retail, apparel, accessory and footwear (RAAF) market.
The 2016 RAAF digital product creation survey is not like any another. Industry leaders and top executives at retail and lifestyle brands want to know and hear from those who drive product creation. The traditional corporate structure doesn't make it easy nor transparent, to share facts and answers to important questions related to product creation via PLM systems. This open survey is intended for those who are the direct users of PLM - merchandisers, designers, fabric and trim specialists, graphics and textile, product development, technical designers and overseas merchandisers.
Although this is an open and anonymous survey, please encourage your product creation teams to participate in this user experience focused survey.
We have heard about the challenges and opportunities of PLM, now it's time for your voice to be heard.
Designers, Product Development specialists, Graphic Designers, Technical Designer, Sourcing and Overseas buying offices can all participate so we can all share and learn from the results.
Clck on the link below to join and share in the survey.
The Survey will close on August 25th at 10:15am. We will share the results with all of you On September 1st.
Thank you in advance for sharing and taking this short survey, aimed at open, peer to peer sharing of a specific but vital segment of our future and each retailers or brands success.
In this peer to peer (P2P) meet-up, held in midtown Manhattan on August 24th, by FashionConnected, we will share and define the good, bad and the opportunity to design, merchandise, spec and source in a better way. How can we become faster and more efficient while collaborating instead of emailing. This is called Social Product Development. We will have people with 20+ years of experience to curate the discussion and presentations.
Click on the link below to pre-register with meetup and become a member of fashion connected. Space is limited and there will be a waiting list. Looking forward to seeing you there.
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.