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365 Days of Innovation: A Recap of Gerber Technology's 2019
2019 was a HUGE year for Gerber Technology! Here’s a recap of some of the biggest moments and accomplishments from the last 12 months.
The Gerber Innovation Center
Without a doubt our proudest moment of the year. We opened our Gerber Innovation Center in the heart of the fashion district in New York City. The 18,000 square foot space will help connect the fashion & apparel, upholstered furniture, and transportation industries to the latest technology through events and workshops throughout the year.
Gerber partners with Kornit to offer an innovative experience.
We had the opportunity to collaborate with Kornit Digital to create a one-of-a-kind microfactory experience. Visitors to the Innovation Center will have the opportunity to personalize garments and upholstered furniture pieces then watch it be designed, print, cut and sewn in our microfactory.
AccuMark® goes SaaS
Our industry-leading pattern design software, AccuMark, got some SaaS this year as we moved to a subscription-based model. The new business model will empower our customers to not only conquer today’s challenges, but also prepare them for the future by giving them simple access to the latest updates.
The Gerber by Waldrip Collection
We were fortunate to work with the amazing Stephanie London to develop the Gerber by Waldrip Collection using our end-to-end platform. The collection features several garments that were designed, print, cut and sewn using YuniquePLM®, AccuMark 2D and 3D, AccuNest™ and the GERBERcutter® Z1.
The biggest ideation yet
This year’s ideation conference was the biggest yet! 350+ professionals from all across the world came together to gain insight into the latest trends, experience Gerber’s latest innovations and attend the Grand Opening of our Innovation Center in New York City.
3D makes a huge leap
Over the last year, we have made several major updates to our 2D-to-3D CAD integration that will help validate fit, reduce the number of physical samples needed, and improve sustainability. We hosted several webinars to better educate our customers on effectively using 3D to compete and win in the on-demand world, you can check them out here.
Innovation is at the core of who we are and this year we were the proud recipients of several awards to honor our dedication to moving the industry forward. We were named a Top 20 Most Promising Data Company by the CIOReview, a 10 Sophisticated Textile & Apparel Tech Companies of 2019 by Mirror Review and received an Industrial Fabrics Foundation Innovation Award.
YuniquePLM gets high praise
We have been working hard to improve YuniquePLM’s capabilities, with over 150 enhancements being added in the last year alone. In 2019, our cloud-based PLM was evaluated by WhichPLM, scoring above the industry average. According to WhichPLM, “Gerber has arguably done more than any other vendor to automate the process of selling to, onboarding, and supporting small businesses who want PLM on their terms – without compromises.”
New faces on the Senior Leadership Team
Several new faces joined the Gerber Team this year including Ketty Pillet, Melissa Rogers, Ken Litman, Bridget Bozzi, Nick Wu, and Michelle Steenvoorden. We are proud to have a Senior Leadership team whose extensive knowledge will help us drive innovation and expand our software and hardware portfolio.
New, easy-to-use eSTORE
The success of our customers is our top priority. This year we made several changes to help our customers excel, including the launch of our new eSTORE platform. The new platform has made it easier for our customers to find the exact part or service they’re looking for.
The new and improved GerberU
Gerber University got a makeover this year! At ideation, we launched a brand new platform for our training, making it easier than ever to find the training you need to succeed. In addition, we also started focusing more on consulting, providing our customers with helpful tips and advice to get the most out of their Gerber solutions.
Connecting with our customers
The best part of 2019 was getting to meet so many of our customers! We had the opportunity to attend several shows around the world including Texprocess, Printing United, CISMA, and ISA. We also hosted a number of Open Houses to educate our customers on the best practices for success in the on-demand world.
This past year would not have been such a success without our extraordinary customers and partners. Thank you for making 2019 a year to remember and we look forward to an even better 2020.