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.
Let's face it, if innovation & scale had a nemesis it would have to be, complexity. After all how can you have NPI, if your processes and systems:
a) Don't talk to each other
b) Are too complex to use
c) and if they do, it takes twice if not 3 times as long to commercialize.
Perhaps brands are not asking the right questions or rather brands need to be talking to new advisors.
I've heard great things from companies like thoughtworks, who come into a company or industry challenged with a problem, and with a fresh set of eyes, within weeks or months, have a working solution.
Every company I visit, I ask a question to the product creation teams:
"please raise your hand if you are delighted with the process and tools you are using to create product"
The response is not surprising. So far, no one has raised their hand. The reason: COMPLEXITY.
Brands for years have relied on strategic consultants who are incentivized by billable hours and lengthy process analysis, assessment, RFI, RFP, demo scripts, system selection and implementation which in total, could easily reach $100K to well over 10's of millions of dollars and take as long as 2 to 5 years to fully implement.
Enter stycheco, with a more nimble and high value approach to addressing the complexity around NPD (New Product Development) and NPI (New Product Introduction) for the retail, apparel and fast moving consumer goods category.
stycheco is like no other advisory firm in the fashion and fast moving consumer goods industry. We are the only advisory firm that has earned the trust of retailers, brands, technology providers and industry experts by having co-founded and globally implemented an award winning PLM application, YuniquePLM from 2002 to 2009. Moreover, we are the only firm who incorporates a uniquely deep technological and process expertise, in the fast moving, apparel product design to commercialization arena. The combined knowledge streams of technology and process experience, offer brands a unique ability to align, educate and execute both 2D to 3D on-boarding in weeks rather than years.
Stycheco also mitigates a brands, risk and exposure to years of time, trying to implement something that will most likely be obsolete by the time they have fully implemented.
Just as there is a push in retail and fashion to be fast, nimble and cost effective, we want brands to be sure they are fast, nimble and prepared for a sustainable PLM & 3D journey.
Contact us for more information about how your organization and stycheco can collaborate.
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.
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.