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We work in collaboration to define your challenges and developing individual process models making them manageable.

Supply Chain Management

To all intents and purposes, the boundary between producers and retailers no longer exists. At the same time, expectations of high-quality data and efficient IT support are rising. All this requires clear strategies, which are becoming more and more difficult to develop because growing digitalisation and a global political framework, which is shifting almost daily, make any forecasting a difficult task. On top of this, consumers are becoming ever more demanding, and the shift towards cheaper sourcing locations has long ceased to suffice.

We are working for you in many bodies, producing new process chain models and associated IT architectures, proactively expanding existing boundaries. Every bit of this knowledge flows through into our SCM strategies, giving our clients real competitive edge. We do all this to ensure your process chains give your consumers exactly the product and value-for-money they expect from you.
  We support our customers on the following topics:
  • Network design, organisation design, process design
  • Innovative flows of information, goods and money within networks
  • Optimum product development as the starting point for any
  • supply chain
  • Integrated planning and control
  • Built-in quality management which takes account of lean
  • management and sustainability
  • Networking stakeholders via EDI or SCM software
  • KPI performance measurement systems
  • Optimising inventory levels and improving time to market speed

 

Working with the "GermanFashion Modeverband Deutschland e.V." trade association, we were the first to plot the status of SCM in our industry in 2015. The "SCM Benchmark" is now to be repeated every two years. Here again, the goal was to offer participants the ability to measure themselves against as many similar companies as possible.

Available benchmarks:
SCM Benchmark 2015

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Product development

Intelligent product development is of special significance as the starting point for any value chain. It lays the groundwork for innovative products, an ideal cost structure, sustainability and successful distribution models. Later on, any wrong product development strategies or structures are, at best, expensive to correct.
We'll help you bring your organisational structure into line with new market conditions, and we'll help build the right architectures.

We'll support you in designing innovative products and building modern, efficient product development processes involving all that digital product development has to offer. This will allow you to set yourself apart from the competition and, at the same time, specify the foundations for professional supply chain management.
  We support our customers on the following topics:
  • Optimum product development workflow
  • Intelligent planning and strict monitoring as a route to success
  • Optimum introduction of PDM or PLM systems
  • Modern-style costing and pricing
  • The right organisation for a multiple-brand environment
  • Ranging planning amid conflict between in-house retail and
  • demanding wholesale deals
  • Digital product development
  • Managing change to successfully involve your talented people

 

Procurement

The role of procurement is currently changing dramatically.
In addition to traditional product-related skills, suddenly strategic SCM skills are in demand. The boundaries with logistics are becoming blurred, and wide-ranging IT skills are called for.
At the same time, it is important to preserve "traditional" knowledge, since the requirements made of high-quality products, integrated quality management and sophisticated, integrated planning processes are also growing.
The bottom line is that procurement is now becoming an essential internal driver as a source of value-add.

We help our customers find their way around this new distribution of roles, adapt structures to new situations and thereby make the business fit-for-the-future in terms of procurement, avoiding duplication of work, using the latest standards and, at the same time, preserving inherited knowledge of production processes and processing methods.
  We support our customers on the following topics:
    • Building integrated planning and quality processes
    • Optimising core process workflow in the various procurement
    • channels (make-or-buy)
    • Optimising related IT systems (ERP, PPS, SCM, etc.)
    • Increasing productivity among your existing suppliers
    • Organisational set-up in multiple-brand environment
    • Digitalisation, especially integration of suppliers, producers
    • and other procurement and development partners
    • Target time index for more precise costing and planning

 

+ Co-chairmanship of the Procurement Working Group at the
"GermanFashion Modeverband Deutschland e.V." trade association

 

Logistics

Managing flows of goods transparently and efficiently has in recent years become one of the key success factors within companies. As a result, logistics is one of the most important core competencies within value networks in the fashion industry and is also fruitful territory for fashion retailers.
Market demand for reducing cycle times and keeping costs and inventories low while serving business customers and consumers effectively is confronting the fashion industry with ever greater challenges.

Starting with the procurement / commodity logistics, and progressing via intralogistics and warehousing right through to distribution logistics and RFID, we can help you identify improvement potential and implement solutions.
  We support our customers on the following topics:
  • Procurement, manufacturing and distribution logistics
  • B2B and B2C intralogistics incl. warehousing
  • Managing the flow of goods in a multi-channel model
  • Floor space management / replenishment and RFID
  • Optimising the complaints and returns process, and
  • avoiding returns
  • Speeding up inventory turnover
  • Outsourcing to service providers and fulfilment partners

 

+ Chairmanship of the Logistics Working Group at the
“German Fashion Modeverband Deutschland e.V.“ (GFMV)

+ We lead the hanging-garments logistics industry initiative
of the GFMV aimed at improving and thereby securing the future
of hanging garment logistics.

 


We conduct the annual "Logistics Benchmark" in conjunction with the "GermanFashion Modeverband Deutschland e.V." trade association. Since 2014 we have been collecting and analysing industry-related logistics figures from German fashion businesses and offering participants the ability to measure themselves against as many similar companies as possible.

Available benchmarks:
Logistik Benchmark 2014
Logistik Benchmark 2015

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IT

Increased networking, both of distributed sites and procurement and distribution channels, requires high standards of transparency and sustainability throughout the supply chain network. Flexible, scalable, integrated IT systems are key factors in making these process and data complexities manageable.
We will help you streamline, modernise and integrate your IT environment to best effect. These may be issues such as master data management, evaluation, selection and implementation of new IT systems such as ERP, PDM/PLM, retail, business intelligence, or the like.

We have the expertise to work with you to make your IT estate fit for the future and to provide you with modern strategies and models suited to your industry.
  We support our customers on the following topics:
  • Reviewing and optimising IT system architectures
  • Data quality management / master data management
  • Reviewing and optimising actual system usage
  • Eliminating unproductive Excel jungles and workarounds
  • Implementing new ERP or materials management systems incl.
  • process mapping and system selection
  • Evaluating PDM or PLM systems to optimise product development
  • incl. procurement
  • Integrating suppliers and customers, e.g. using EDI and RFID
  • technologie

 

+ Chairmanship of the IT Managers' Working Group at the
"GermanFashion Modeverband Deutschland e.V."

 


Among other things, we conduct the biennial "IT Benchmark" in conjunction with the "GermanFashion Modeverband Deutschland e.V." trade association. We collect and analyse industry-related IT figures from German fashion businesses and offer participants the ability to measure themselves against as many similar companies as possible.

Available benchmarks:
IT Benchmark 2015

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Multiple-brand management

Anyone offering multiple brands under one roof today faces the challenge of positioning differing brand concepts on the market and driving sales, and of exploiting internal synergies to best effect. At detail level, this means managing centralised or decentralised operating units, shaping an intelligent sales management regime in new and existing markets, and ensuring uniformity of key processes, to name a few but critical areas.
The requirements posed by the brand, the market and marketing represent the challenge here, the idea being to ensure they are fully catered for within lean internal processes and powerful IT tools which are then put in place and "ground in" in partnership with your employees.

With the exception of the two areas of design and brand DNA, we can apply our expertise to offer you comprehensive assistance with all other issues surrounding brands, sales and multiple-brand management.
  We support our customers on the following topics:
  • Evaluating the brand portfolio (brands and lines) in terms of
  • turnover, profitability and product performance incl. market opportunities
  • Brand positioning: within the market or competitive environment
  • and within your own multiple-brand business
  • Redesigning centralised and decentralised structures within the
  • company
  • managing change
  • avoiding duplication of structures in your service functions
  • e.g. customer service, product and procurement functions, etc.
  • Managing complexities by means of: standardisation, system
  • support (IT), synergies as well as avoidance of complexities

Business process management

Running different business models in parallel as part of a multi-channel marketing strategy, demographic changes and the growing role of online retailing all call for greater precision and professionalization of processes across all business disciplines. Complexities in global markets and distribution models, and also in procurement and logistics, require clearly structured, lean processes which are also reflected in the IT systems.

We will help you build and organise entire heterogeneous process architectures and use our outside view (a necessary ingredient) to put your processes in great shape. This can take the form of helping you produce a comprehensive restructuring plan or assisting operationally with on-site implementation of changes.
We have the expertise to work with you to develop tailored concepts that are suited to you and assist you where you really need it.
  We support our customers on the following topics:
  • Specifying company-specific process maps incl. location and
  • structural analyses
  • Process mapping and analysis (different tiers and levels of
  • detail):
  • e.g. to capture the status quo
  • e.g. in preparing for an IT migration / implementation
  • e.g. to accelerate and optimise processes such as in
  • product development and procurement, warehousing, etc.
  • Industry-specific derivation of target processes and
  • improvement suggestions and concepts
  • Introduction of BPM in companies:
  • e.g. process thinking instead of departmental thinking
  • e.g. functional organisation structure
  • e.g. support and selection of BPM software

 

Business Communities

In 2003 we founded the initiative fashionGroup RFID. After twelve years operating we dissolve the initiative to the 31.12.2015 because RFID hardware and software as well as RFID standards and RFID reading quality has reached a degree of maturity making our initiative redundant.
If you would like to explore further information on our former fashionGroup RFID initiative please visit: www.fashiongrouprfid.de.

It requires a huge know how, longstanding knowledge of our industry as well as tact to successfully guide such industry initiatives in the longterm.

We contribute this know how in our partnerships with the "GermanFashion Modeverband e.V." and "GS1 Germany" helping to develop relevant standards collectively.