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Merchandising through Supply Chain

PTC’s comprehensive Retail PLM technology transforms the way your retail value chain collaboratively plans, designs, develops and sources products.

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Proven Best Practices Out-of-the-Box

Easily adopt industry best practices with a mature solution based on a decade of experience with market leading companies.

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Accelerate Innovation

Eliminate redundant tasks and leverage industry first technology to enable more time for creativity and turn your winning ideas into margin winning products quickly.

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On Time. On Trend. On Cost.

With the fast-changing dynamics of the industry today, your company’s success requires alignment, communication and visibility throughout the entire product development lifecycle in order to quickly respond to trends within the appropriate timeline, and meet cost and budget targets. You are challenged with balancing and achieving these strategic areas of your business:

Accelerate Speed to Market: Reduce time, from concept to in-store delivery, to ensure on time and on trend market availability of high quality products.

Improve Product Margins: Maximize margins without delaying product delivery to the market or reducing product quality.

Enable Market Expansion: Align product breadth in category/brands with new regions and channels.

Reduce Product Cost: Reduce costs of materials/components and resulting finished goods with no negative impact on product quality or delivery to market.


To learn more about the above business needs and how PTC can help you drive results please view the resources listed below.

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PTC Retail PLM Solution

PTC’s Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution for retail, footwear & apparel includes core technology built on PTC Windchill FlexPLM. The solution enables companies to quickly implement industry best practices developed with market leading companies and achieve rapid time-to-value with pre-configured, out-of-the-box software. With the most comprehensive set of capabilities you can manage your company’s complete assortment of products and bring more innovative and profitable products to market, faster.
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Comprehensive Retail PLM Capabilities:

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Merchandising and Line Planning

With PTC, you can plan, communicate and manage product assortments to ensure the right mix and achieve targets. Additionally, collaborative line review and line confirmation enables you to compare up-to-date product development data, such as design aesthetics, suppliers and cost estimates, against merchandise assortment plans in real time.

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Material, Color and Artwork Development

PTC enables you to define a classified material library to manage material specifications and standards, as well as to define color standards for color definition and direction. By identifying, developing, and managing materials, colors and artwork for product design and development you can improve selection decisions and achieve greater material and color consistency with internal and external partners.


Concept Development and Creative Design

Define the seasonal direction of your products and materials based on trend and competitive analysis. Design and manage product concepts and ensure product requirements and cost targets are met. With PTC, companies can easily manage complex product lines and enable product developers to more efficiently develop and re-use designs, materials and product specification data to reduce cost and time-to-market.

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SKU and Specification Management

Create different types of product specifications to meet the unique requirements of your various product types with PTC. For a given product, manage its BOMs, image pages / sketches, and documents across all of its variants. By analyzing bottlenecks and supplier history, you can reduce sample cycle time and improve suppliers selection.

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PTC enables you to plan, negotiate and confirm the global sourcing of products and materials from a supplier network in order to optimize total cost, quality, delivery and flexibility. Additionally, you can create flexible, detailed Cost Sheets for products to capture numerous cost factors and manage costs via multi-level costing by color, size, region and distribution channel.


Quality and Compliance

Manage testing for products and materials, and build quality and compliance into the earliest phases of product design and development. Alerts and reporting allow companies to be proactive about quality issues. The result: better performing products without sacrificing margin.


Vendor Portal

PTC’s vendor portal enables you and your supply chain partners to collaborate directly on product development data. With the ability to request quotes, confirm orders and provide supplier access for material and product development, you can bring products to market faster and reduce development costs.



Instantly access PTC Retail PLM solutions directly from your iPad or iPhone. Regardless of whether you’re meeting at headquarters, a supplier’s facility, or traveling the world, PTC Windchill Mobile gives you up-to-date visibility on product and process information - anytime, anywhere.


Enterprise Performance, Security and Scalability

PTC delivers a highly scalable and secure PLM infrastructure that is designed to adapt as your business changes. It provides robust data security and access control. The solutions are designed to deliver high availability and include advanced monitoring and optimization tools to ensure high performance for your global team’s needs.


PTC Value-Ready Deployments

The PTC Retail PLM solution optionally offers industry-specific best practices and pre-defined process driven services to enable organizations to quickly implement the solution in four months.

Learn why PTC is trusted by two-thirds of the world’s top retailers

Leading retailers are turning to Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) to handle all critical development and sourcing business processes and enhance supply chain collaboration. Explore the stories on this page to learn how the world’s top retail and luxury brands are succeeding with PTC’s Retail PLM.

Customer Stories


Deckers Outdoor Manages Global Brands with PLM

By managing global brands with PLM, Deckers Outdoor is able to achieve early visibility, real-time responses and consistency across brands, which in turn drives inventory and spend optimization.


Lotto Sport Integrates a Global Supply Chain

Learn how Lotto Sport is using PLM to better control their product development processes. By improving supply chain collaboration, Lotto is seeing reductions in both cost and time-to-market.


adidas Group Achieves Company-wide Collaboration with PLM

Peter Burrows, CIO Emeritus, adidas Group, describes how PTC’s PLM solution enables the company to design new apparel and graphics and have them in manufacturing within 24 hours.

Customers who put their trust in PTC for Retail PLM:

  • 2/3 of Fortune 500 companies in Retail, Footwear & Apparel
  • 7 out of 10 of the world's largest department stores (Forbes Global 1000)
  • More than 70% of Apparel & Accessories companies (Forbes Global 1000)
  • 2 of the top 3 discount stores in the world (Forbes Global 1000)
  • 3 of the top 5 athletic footwear brands (Experian Simmons National Consumer Study)
  • Over half of the world's largest Retail, Footwear & Apparel companies (Forbes Global 1000)

PTC for Retail, Footwear, Apparel

Two-thirds of the world’s top retail, footwear and apparel companies rely on PTC for PLM.

PTC provides the most widely adopted PLM solution for retail, footwear and apparel companies. With PTC’s proven industry knowledge and the market’s most comprehensive PLM technology, you can transform the way your retail value chain collaboratively plans, designs, develops and sources products.

SOLID: Strong and financially stable long term partner

EXPERIENCED: Most widely adopted PLM for Retail, Footwear and Apparel

  • Serving two-thirds of the top global retail, footwear and apparel companies
  • Over 40,000 users across the retail value chain
  • Largest dedicated industry team, complemented with certified partners

INNOVATIVE: History of pragmatic innovations and industry-firsts

  • Revolutionized Retail PLM with first web-based Retail solution
  • First to market with Adobe Illustrator® integration, compliance and sustainability
  • First to deliver support for hard lines and soft lines in one Retail PLM

COMPREHENSIVE PRACTICES: Largest PLM functional scope available on the market

  • 10 year track record in delivering a retail, footwear and apparel roadmap
  • Out-of-the-box support for multi-brands and omni-channel
  • Built-in best practices for rapid value realization
  • Best-in-class scalable and secured enterprise solution for global deployment

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