Leading Headwear designer Bollman Hat, introduces STYLEman PLM to support its sourcing across 3 continents

  • OSL solution to be implemented in US, UK and China
  • To provide total control over company’s design and product development processes
  • Replaces existing Freeborders system

Option Systems Limited (OSL), a global specialist in the provision of IT solutions for the apparel and footwear industries, has announced that leading Headwear producer Bollman Hat, which designs and produces headwear for major brands such as Timberland, Bailey, Kangol, Betmar, Country Gentleman and Helen Kaminski, is implementing STYLEman PLM. Bollman will implement the world-leading PRM solution at its offices in the US and UK, as well as its sourcing facilities in China to give all parts of the organisation a single view of Product Development. Bollman currently use Freeborders PLM product but are replacing it with STYLEman PLM, which offers improved flexibility and support over their existing system. STYLEman PLM is the leading web-based Product Lifecycle Management system that goes beyond the scope of typical PDM/PLM systems to give a complete overview of the Range’s development. Powerful Visual Management options show the state of Product Range development at a glance, and flexible integration options allow easy integration of approved designs into commercial systems.

“Bollman looked at a number of competing systems when looking for a new PLM solution” commented Rich Bainbridge, Information Technology Director at Bollman Hat. “But OSL’s STYLEman PLM product is a clear leader in functionality, is fully web-based and allows us to “own” our data. OSL also made it very easy for us to transfer our data from Freeborders and therefore implement the system vary rapidly”.

“We are designing, producing, and sourcing headwear for a growing number of brands, through our design, product development, and sourcing teams based in the US, UK, and Asia. We need a system that allows all these individuals to collaborate and also to give management a view of how product development is progressing. STYLEman PLM acts as the repository for all the product development information, while giving management a visual overview of the whole process”. STYLEman PLM is being rolled out across the organisation in July 2008. This marks a rapid implementation of less than 2 months across staff based in 3 continents. “We are delighted to be working with Bollman Hat,” commented Tony Parkinson, Managing Director at Option Systems Limited. “We developed STYLEman PLM specifically for companies like Bollman, who need a browser-based PLM system offering strong management controls and overviews of the Range. To win Bollman’s business we not only had to demonstrate that we have leading software, but also that we have excellent service and a commitment to enhance and improve our offering for the future”.

About Bollman Hat:

Bollman Hat is celebrating 140 years in Business, having been founded in 1868 by George Bollman. The Bollman Hat Company continues to grow with a reputation for innovative designs, unsurpassed quality, world-class service, and the best collection of headwear brands in the world. Drawing inspiration from three generations of Bollman family, today’s products provide sun-protection as well as support in the fight against skin cancer. Bollman’s products offer customers fashion, outdoor function, fun, and a personal style statement. More information at www.bollmanhats.com.

Overland signs for OSL’s STYLEman V10 web-enabled ERP solution

  • STYLEman V10 provides ERP facilities for the global licensee of the G-Star Raw footwear Brand

Option Systems Limited (OSL) has announced that Overland – global licensee for footwear for the G-Star Raw brand – have taken the fully web-enabled version of STYLEman (version 10) to support their rapidly-growing distribution business.

Option Systems is a leading global specialist in the provision of IT solutions for the apparel and footwear industries, and its STYLEman V10 solution will provide Overland’s staff and partners with anytime, anywhere access to real-time information. Using STYLEman will help provide Overland with greater control of its sales, stock and distribution and ensure that customers and suppliers have accurate order and delivery data.

Some 15 Overland staff will access the STYLEman V10 system, which is being hosted in London’s Docklands by Telecity. Overland are running a small collection for SS08, but plan to be fully live with the AW08 collection.

About Overland Ltd:

Overland Ltd is a specialist footwear sourcing company who have recently won the global licence to design, source and supply the footwear under the G-Star Raw brand. The principals in the business have a strong track record of managing similar licences in the past, including the Caterpillar footwear brand.

OSL and Eurostop partner to deliver end-to-end merchandise management system

  • New solution will integrate retail and wholesale supply chains to provide ‘single view’ of production and sales
  • Enables wholesalers and retailers to improve planning, inventory cost and management

Option Systems Limited (OSL), a provider in the provision of IT solutions for the apparel and footwear industries, recently announced a partnership with Eurostop, a supplier of retail systems to the fashion, footwear and general merchandise sectors. Under the agreement, the two companies will develop and deliver an end-to-end merchandise management solution that provides a single view of the entire production and retail cycle – from design and manufacture, through to distribution, branch replenishment and stock flow.

Wholesalers and retailers are increasingly working closer together to streamline operations and logistics, to ensure they optimize sales and service. The new solution will address this by enabling them to integrate retail and wholesale supply chains to improve planning, production costs and inventory management. It brings together Option Systems’ specialist STYLEman ERP solution and Eurostop’s Windows Retail Management Information System (WinRMIS) and WinPOS that includes specialist business intelligence, reporting, price management, stock tracking, customer loyalty and gift accounts.

“Our joint initiative clearly shows the value of collaboration between wholesale and retail specialists, and demonstrates how two complementary technologies can be successfully integrated to offer a business solution for wholesalers and retailers,” said Richard Loh, Eurostop’s Managing Director. “Together, we were able to quickly develop a distinctive new solution based on our respective areas of expertise, which provides a single system to manage wholesale and retail operations. In today’s competitive climate, these organizations need better insight into planning, replenishment and stock management to ensure they can rapidly react to market trends and changes.”

Tony Parkinson, Managing Director, Option Systems Ltd commented: “Our STYLEman product suite already provides organisations with unparalleled industry functionality thanks to its powerful information management system that enables wholesalers to model actual workflow and real-time decision-making. Now, thanks to the added retail expertise offered by Eurostop, we are able to develop a comprehensive, end-to-end solution, where users need only implement a single system to access and control both retail and wholesale operations.”

Designed from the outset to meet the specialist needs of apparel and footwear producers, the STYLEman suite delivers a complete set of solutions for the entire business, from product development through to shipping. With added integration into Eurostop’s WinRMIS solution, this comprehensive solution will now extend from concept to consumer. Because the software is entirely web-based, authorised users can access essential information from a standard web browser anywhere in the world.

About Eurostop:

Eurostop is a leading supplier of retail systems to the fashion, footwear and general merchandise sectors. The company has developed a state-of-the art PC Based Software System that is used by leading retail brands such as Ann Summers, the White Company, Joseph and Ben Sherman. The user friendly solution is highly scalable and can be used by retail organisations with between one and many hundreds of stores.

Option Systems Limited moves to New Headquarters to support expanding client base in the Apparel & Footwear market

  • Move follows strong sales
  • Recent orders include Hunter Rubber company, Oxford Industries and 1927

Option Systems Limited (OSL), a leading global specialist in the provision of IT solutions for the apparel and footwear industries, has moved to new headquarters to support its continuing growth. A number of recent high-profile orders from organisations such as the Hunter Rubber Company, Oxford Industries and 1927 have resulted in OSL increasing its customer base and the move to new premises will play a key role in supporting this expanding client network.

OSL’s new headquarters in Leicester will ensure that the company has the resources to provide support and sales assistance to both its existing and future customers across the UK.

“More and more wholesalers, distributors and retailers are looking for ways to improve their business processes, which has resulted in an increased demand for both Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Product Lifecycle Management (PRM) software,” commented Tony Parkinson, Managing Director at OSL. “We experienced a significant upturn in sales during late 2004 and early 2005. In recognition of this we took the decision to move to new premises.

“The recent launch of our STYLEman PLM solution, coupled with the ongoing success of our STYLEman ERP system, means that there is a definite requirement for us to develop as a company to be able to meet the ever evolving needs of our customers. The new premises will give us the increased flexibility we require to not only meet, but exceed the requirements set by our clients both now and in the future.”

STYLEman, from OSL, is the leading enterprise solution developed specifically for clothing and footwear companies. With unparalleled industry functionality and completely web enabled, STYLEman allows organisations to maximise the potential of their operations by simplifying processes, and effortlessly delivering the operational and management information they require. The new STYLEman PLM system is a powerful, web-based collaborative range lifecycle management application that goes beyond traditional Product Data Management (PDM). By utilising STYLEman PLM designers and suppliers ensure that they have the information and control they need to plan, develop and review an entire product range as it evolves, creating the right mix of designs and products.

Oxford Industries adopts STYLEman PLM for true Product Lifecycle Management capability

  • STYLEman PLM to oversee Oxford Industries’ Product Development Process
  • Option Systems Limited solution chosen ahead of established PLM application suppliers

Options Systems Limited (OSL), a leading global specialist in the provision of IT solutions for apparel companies, has announced a major order from Oxford Industries for its Product Lifecycle Management solution, STYLEman PLM. Oxford is a leading US producer and distributor of branded and private label apparel whose brands include Ben Sherman, Tommy Bahama, Indigo Palms, Island Soft, Ely and Walker and Oxford Golf. OSL will provide Oxford Industries with an initial 120 user license of the STYLEman PLM solution for the first implementation which will involve the four divisions that make up Oxford’s Menswear Group. In total, this would represent more than 15,000 unique styles per year. STYLEman PLM goes beyond traditional Product Data Management (PDM) solutions to ensure that Oxford Industries will always have the control and visibility necessary to plan, develop and manage its entire range of products at any given time.

STYLEman PLM replaces Oxford Industries’ incumbent PDM systems – a well-known commercial package, an “in house” developed solution and the customary office products – and offers unrivalled control over its clothing ranges all the way from initial sketches through to production for real-time range revision. Unlike many other PDM systems available on the market STYLEman PLM has been specifically designed with the needs of the apparel and footwear industry in mind and the fact that it is Internet-based means that users can have access to the system anywhere in the world via a standard web browser.

“We needed to replace and improve our existing PDM applications and evaluated all the leading solutions in the market before choosing Options Systems,” commented John Baumgartner, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Oxford Industries. “There is no question on our part that we selected the best product and we greatly appreciate the manner in which OSL conducted the evaluation and accompanying negotiations. We look forward to a long and meaningful relationship.”

“This order from Oxford Industries is another significant step for Option Systems and comes on the back of a number of exciting orders from other leading apparel companies such as Hunter Rubber Company and Profile Bodywear in the last quarter. We are finding real traction in the marketplace and have become a de facto alternative to the established competition in the PDM arena, complementing our position in the ERP area,” concluded Tony Parkinson.

STYLEman PLM’s workflow engine features a powerful range calendar that drives production around key dates such as shows, meetings, exhibitions and first deliveries. STYLEman PLM then uses these key dates to build events in the range cycle that need to be tracked – these can be varied by product type, country of origin, and the specific individuals, groups and suppliers that own each action. STYLEman PLM’s workflow engine then tasks the people responsible, if necessary reminding them of imminent activities and alerting development management.

STYLEman PLM also acknowledges that ranges never stay the same and that, as development progresses, new styles may be added, revised versions created and some dropped. With STYLEman PLM, range developers can view their style mix graphically and structure their range by style attributes to progress towards an optimum style/colour/size balance.

STYLEman PLM takes full advantage of STYLEman’s flexibility, with a browser-based architecture that means it runs equally well on Mac, PC or Linux clients, it can be accessed from anywhere in the world, is available in a range of different languages, and can be integrated easily with third party ERP, CAD and merchandise systems for true end-to-end supply chain management.

About Oxford Industries, Inc:

Oxford Industries, Inc. is a producer and marketer of branded and private label apparel for men, women and children. Oxford provides retailers and consumers with a wide variety of apparel products and services to suit their individual needs. Oxford’s brands include Tommy Bahama®, Indigo Palms®, Island Soft®, Ben Sherman®, Ely and Walker® and Oxford Golf®. The Company also holds exclusive licenses to produce and sell certain product categories under the Tommy Hilfiger®, Nautica®, Geoffrey Beene®, Slates®, Dockers®, and Oscar de la Renta® labels. Oxford’s customers are found in every major channel of distribution including national chains, specialty catalogues, mass merchants, department stores, specialty stores and Internet retailers.

Hunter Rubber Company orders STYLEman ERP solution to cope with 50 per cent sales growth

  • Can view order status in real-time from the sourcing of raw materials to location of finished product

Option Systems Limited (OSL), a leading global specialist systems provider for the apparel and footwear industries, has announced a major new order for its STYLEman Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution from Hunter Rubber Company Limited, the market leading manufacturer of quality wellington boots.

STYLEman ERP provides Hunter with the ability to monitor and track orders across the entire production process, thereby accurately monitoring progress throughout. Hunter has 60 lines of boots and 35 lines of clothing and accessories, which it supplies to 18 countries worldwide. The company is reporting a year on year growth to the end of February 2005 of 41 per cent, as market leader in the quality end of the wellington market (Hunter has a 60 per cent share of the £50 plus market).

Hunter has recently changed its business model from a traditional manufacturing focused operation towards the sales and distribution market. This shift has led to an increased demand for a more customer-centric planning system. STYLEman was developed by OSL expressly for the apparel and footwear industry, and is a fully Internet enabled import, distribution, production and retail application. STYLEman will provide Hunter with the ability to view an order’s status in real-time, from the sourcing of raw materials to the location of the finished product.

“STYLEman replaces the incumbent Movex application, which wasn’t designed with sales and distribution in mind,” explained Mark Sater, Chairman, Hunter Rubber Company. “STYLEman is a tried and tested formula, supported by a strong development team. It made sense to use OSL. Since the transition from a manufacturing business a year ago, our sales have increased dramatically. Sales are expected to grow by a further 50 per cent when STYLEman is fully installed.”

ERP monitors the performance, management and results of a company’s processes on an enterprise-wide basis to highlight where efficiency gains can be made. STYLEman, from OSL, is the leading ERP solution developed specifically for clothing and footwear companies. Completely web enabled, and offering unparalleled industry functionality, STYLEman allows organisations worldwide to maximise the potential of their operations by simplifying processes, and effortlessly delivering the operational and management information they require.

About Hunter Rubber Company Limited:

Hunter Rubber Company Ltd has been a leading manufacturer of Wellington Boots in Scotland since 1856. They were originally designed for walking in Scotland’s rugged terrain and combating its unpredictable weather due to their performance, durability and comfort. Each pair of Hunter Boots is made entirely by hand and Hunter develop various ranges, with innovative technology inside the boot and out, to cope with various types of weather. The company is currently experiencing a strong growth in worldwide sales.

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