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Fashion and style are always changing, but the practices within the fashion industry haven’t always been so quick to adapt. As a $2 trillion dollar industry that uses a wide variety of materials, fashion creates a tremendous amount of waste and pollution. For decades, the industry got away with this without much harm, because the average consumer simply wasn’t aware of the damage that was being done to the environment in order to manufacturer their coat or jeans. 

Product lifecycle management (PLM) is a blanket term covering the entire product lifecycle, including requirements, design, engineering, manufacturing, production, support, maintenance, disposal, and refabrication. PLM software is an invaluable tool for organizing product development, manufacturing, and support in a manner optimized for both the business’s and the consumer’s needs. 

Software capability and industry demand tend to drive each other forward. When software advancements are made in response to a specific consumer need, they tend to include plausibly related options and alternative tools above and beyond what is sufficient to satisfy the stated need. Likewise, the availability of new software tools and design capabilities tends to drive innovation, especially with creative types, like designers.

Sustainability was once considered a lofty goal pushed for only by the most progressive, unrealistic companies. Today, however, attitudes towards sustainability have shifted dramatically, and it is virtually a necessity for any successful business to participate in green initiatives. Among many industries that have embraced environmental stewardship, the furniture industry may be one of the most interesting. 

The trend around digital transformation in fashion has been at the forefront of the industry for a few years and companies who are transforming are seeing the payoff with data visibility. “Our team needed a cloud-based solution to simplify IT processes and YuniquePLM® will enable data integration with our current infrastructure,” said Stuart Hart, Head of IT, French Connection.

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