A Need for Technology to Keep up with Business

The apparel industry uses globally distributed teams comprising of merchants, designers, buyers, production planners, sourcing managers, vendors, factories and apparel channels. All these teams must work through multiple seasons in a year to align on brand, line of business, financial, market and operational goals. With thousands of skus and continuous introduction of new products, it's not a surprise that there's heavy Excel usage in this industry. And, a large part of the apparel community is in Asia/Latin America where continuous internet connectivity is a challenge, so only Excel-based applications offers a complete offline application experience which is especially important for global teams and large data usage which otherwise results in low adoption of web-based technologies.

Using Boardwalk for Apparel Applications

Using spreadsheets as the UI are ideal for apparel applications including line planning, buy planning, costing and sourcing. By adding Boardwalk as an application engine, which works directly with existing spreadsheet-based data, our customers have seen product cost reductions and improve margins since manual file creation and consolidation, file sharing issues, data inconsistencies, and manual integration with ERP/PLM are all eliminated. And, all users and trading partners only see their data within Excel on the desktop so the process is securely managed across all participants.

  • Trust in your planning information as it is stored in a single database.
  • Continuous collaboration reduces iteration times to hours.
  • Excel is still the user interface resulting in low change management.