The Global Sourcing domain allows companies to leverage supply chain capabilities throughout the product lifecycle and make their suppliers an integral part of product development. Within Global Sourcing are these sub-processes: Supply Chain Network, Collaborative Sourcing, and Supplier Performance Monitoring.
ENOVIA Apparel Accelerator for Sourcing and Production
ENOVIA® Apparel Accelerator™ for Sourcing and Production connects global sourcing and production to headquarters.
ENOVIA Apparel Accelerator for Sourcing and Production addresses visibility, transparency, and process control in the complex global operations of Apparel brands and retailers. It complements the product design/development process with sourcing, costing, and pre-production processes in one single platform. Apparel brands can define their sourcing organizations’ capabilities, structure, and hierarchy for optimized staffing decisions and management. Vendor details may be defined to include detailed capacity levels, production capabilities and audit history. Sourcing and production offices can capitalize on the brand headquarters’ sampling process and aggregate demand across brands and divisions for streamlined communication and tracking with vendors and providers. Testing requests may be automatically generated to accompany the sampling process and provide visibility to status tracking and reporting to the larger organization.
Companies using ENOVIA Apparel Accelerator for Sourcing and Production can effectively create, issue, and manage requests for quote (RFQs) to their offices, agents, and suppliers. Quotation responses can be captured in an open or sealed bid process and easily transformed into supplier unit cost sheets for simple cost comparisons and negotiations. Landed cost calculations are generated for each distribution country and normalized to a single currency enabling effortless evaluation and placement decisions.
Finally, pre-production activities are supported by allowing the sourcing organizations to plan, communicate and confirm production placement and sourcing needs across production offices, agents and vendors. Seasonal assortment details may be efficiently managed between merchandising and sourcing teams in a common workspace allowing visibility into production placement and the aggregation of material demand for fabrics and trims used across products. Time and action milestones are automatically calculated based on assortment placement for critical path management.
- Improve gross margins by allowing more control over the cost analysis and negotiation with vendors as well as enforcing more structured hand-offs between headquarters, buying offices, agents, and vendors
- Increase management control and reduce risk of unexpected delays by providing visibility beyond product development activities into pre-production and production processes through time and action and quality reporting
- Optimize merchandise opportunities and cost control through on-line requests for quotes enabling multiple supplier quotations based on volume, delivery dates, trade terms, and alternative components
Sourcing Organization and Vendor ManagementSourcing executives can manage their production offices, vendors, and agents for strategic and tactical goals. Brand executives can define their sourcing and production offices structure, hierarchy, and responsibilities. This organization structure provides sourcing executives better visibility and control over their agent relationships and foreign office resourcing. Sourcing executives can better leverage resources across the globe based on capabilities, expertise, and sourcing strategies. Companywide and/or brand specific strategies can be outlined for collaboration, assignment, and profiling management. Vendors and factories can be managed by process capabilities, sourcing protocols, and placement decisions during the development processes. Agents and facilities can be associated to key production offices and commission structures identified for tighter control on operational costs.
Component and Standards DevelopmentThe ENOVIA Apparel Accelerator for Sourcing and Production enhances fabric and trim specifications for color level costing. Supplier specific lead times and minimums are identified at the color level as well as improved color definition to support prints and patterns applied to materials. Material development teams can better monitor suppliers to drive sample and bulk production costs for optimized sourcing decisions.
Product DevelopmentLine and product managers can ensure cost accuracy, meet margin requirements, and evaluate placement options facilitated by detailed management of supplier unit costs and visibility to calculated landed unit costs. Supplier unit costs (SUCs) are available by style, delivery terms, effectivity, and in-store for a given facility and projected quantity. Landed unit costs (LUCs) can incorporate inspection, logistics, organization, and miscellaneous cost details for instant Gross margin (GM%) and initial mark-up (IMU%) visibility. These costs are included in the RFQ process for improved business value and usability. Multiple cost quotations are required to support downstream activities of pro forma orders and sourcing placement decisions. Detailed costing provides users with a better evaluation of placement decisions, order volumes, and margin targets earlier in the development cycle.
Sample and Test Request ManagementUtilizing existing style sample requests, production offices can aggregate requests and generate sample orders by vendor/agent. Additional capabilities support their need to increase sample quantities for reference samples and seal samples without impacting brand headquarter requests. The management of sample material orders enables companies to track detailed shipping and receiving information for those orders. Like style sample orders, production offices can aggregate material requests into single supplier orders. This increased visibility and ability to aggregate the requests enables brands to control material consumption, minimize sample lead times, and further reduce sample costs.
Request for QuotationRFQs are included with style records for improved usability and tracking. Multiple product quotes and options can now be captured within the context of the style. Cost quotes are converted to SUC records easily and included with the LUC to provide easy analysis of sourcing options. Users can now collaborate easily with sourcing offices and vendors to provide accuracy and consistency when defining RFQ requirements and comparing multiple responses.
Source PlanningSourcing plans are used to define annual planned/projected units to be allocated amongst production offices/agents (PO/As) and further down to a supplier/factory/country of origin level. Sourcing plans generate corresponding capacity plans for each supplier to confirm capacity expectations.
Capacity PlanningVendor capacity plans manage the annual/season reserved capacity units from each supplier/factory/country of origin. PO/As project seasonal and monthly production demand and are used to collaborate with vendors to accurately plan and manage capacity levels based on corresponding production time frames.
Assortment ManagementThe assortment management capabilities allow products that are placed for production to be pulled into a workspace for merchandising. Users ‘allocate’ quantities across finished goods. PO/As that handle production determine the sales channel, delivery and transportation requirements, and indicate target costing. Finished good PO/As are then able to continue defining ‘ordering’ details by allocating quantities and finalizing costs across supplier and factories.
Bulk Material ManagementThe bulk material capabilities enable organizations that develop and source their own fabric and trim to issue a bulk material commitment for the pre-production aggregation of material demand for these items across products. Users can manage commitment details at a greige and/or color level, add surplus quantities to meet minimums or optimum pricing, view potential assortment demand, track material shipment details, and settle liability quantities.
Vendor Development and ComplianceDetailed vendor profiling capabilities help to better define vendor qualifications for production of materials and finished goods including specific machinery, qualified material, and product types. Companies may better track the history of audits for each vendor for reasons such as quality, human rights compliance, customs clearance, and other relevant inspections.
Time and ActionEarly time and action scenarios provide sourcing users with a workspace for creating potential sourcing scenarios to determine if possible placement will support required delivery time lines. Production time and action plans calculate milestone dates for production based on actual assortment placement within the vendor base.
The Role of ENOVIA V6 and PLM 2.0ENOVIA Apparel Accelerator for Sourcing and Production supports PLM 2.0, product lifecycle management online for everyone, and the ENOVIA V6 values: global collaborative innovation, single PLM platform for intellectual property (IP) management, online creation and collaboration, ready to use PLM business processes, and lower cost of ownership.