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Fishbowl Manufacturing logo
 
Fishbowl Manufacturing is a business automation and inventory management platform for small to mid-sized. It integrates with QuickBooks accounting. Fishbowl offers inventory control, material requirements planning (MRP) and job shop... Read More
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Fishbowl Manufacturing is a business automation and inventory management platform for small to mid-sized. It integrates with QuickBooks accounting. Fishbowl offers inventory control, material requirements planning (MRP) and job shop... Read More
 
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NetSuite is a good fit for apparel manufacturers running a small to medium-sized business. The package is offered as an integrated suite with best-of-breed accounting and customer management applications.
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NetSuite is a good fit for apparel manufacturers running a small to medium-sized business. The package is offered as an integrated suite with best-of-breed accounting and customer management applications.
 
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Kenandy Manufacturing Cloud serves repetitive and make-to-order discreet manufacturers across several manufacturing segments. The system includes material planning, procurement features, inventory control and more.
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Kenandy Manufacturing Cloud serves repetitive and make-to-order discreet manufacturers across several manufacturing segments. The system includes material planning, procurement features, inventory control and more.
 
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Priority is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that is suitable for midsize to large businesses in many industry segments, including manufacturing, apparel, electronics, food and beverage, industrial machinery and more. Priority’s... Read More
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Priority is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that is suitable for midsize to large businesses in many industry segments, including manufacturing, apparel, electronics, food and beverage, industrial machinery and more. Priority’s... Read More
 
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SAP purchased One from the Israeli software company TopManage Financial Systems in 2002. The system has features for asset management, product lifecycle management, MRP and supports more than 450 third-party applications.
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SAP purchased One from the Israeli software company TopManage Financial Systems in 2002. The system has features for asset management, product lifecycle management, MRP and supports more than 450 third-party applications.

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Infor Discrete Manufacturing Essentials logo
 
Infor Discrete Manufacturing Essentials is an ERP suite suitable for discrete manufacturers in most industries. The company was founded in 2002 under the brand Agilisys and adopted the name Infor when it acquired Infor Business Solutions... Read More
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Infor Discrete Manufacturing Essentials is an ERP suite suitable for discrete manufacturers in most industries. The company was founded in 2002 under the brand Agilisys and adopted the name Infor when it acquired Infor Business Solutions... Read More
 
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Abas ERP was founded in 1980 and is currently in use at more than 3,200 different sites. The apparel manufacturing suite has an inventory system with a color and size matrix, compliance reporting and component management.
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Abas ERP was founded in 1980 and is currently in use at more than 3,200 different sites. The apparel manufacturing suite has an inventory system with a color and size matrix, compliance reporting and component management.
 
S2K Manufacturing Management Software logo
 
S2K is best suited for medium and large apparel manufacturers. It's a complete, manufacturing software suite with applications for manufacturing resource planning, manufacturing execution, product lifecycle management and more.
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S2K is best suited for medium and large apparel manufacturers. It's a complete, manufacturing software suite with applications for manufacturing resource planning, manufacturing execution, product lifecycle management and more.
 
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Microsoft Dynamics GP offers a full ERP system for small to mid-sized apparel manufacturers. This system is available for both Web-based and on-premise deployment and works well for make-to-order manufacturers.
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Microsoft Dynamics GP offers a full ERP system for small to mid-sized apparel manufacturers. This system is available for both Web-based and on-premise deployment and works well for make-to-order manufacturers.
 
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Founded in 1997, GCS Software developed A2000 specifically for the apparel, footwear and home furnishing manufacturing industry. The system is Mac-compatible and available as either an on-premise or web-based installation.
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Founded in 1997, GCS Software developed A2000 specifically for the apparel, footwear and home furnishing manufacturing industry. The system is Mac-compatible and available as either an on-premise or web-based installation.

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SAP Anywhere integrates sales, marketing, e-commerce, and inventory activities into one complete front-office system. With SAP Anywhere users can manage and track inventory, manage orders, manage the procurement process, and more.... Read More
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SAP Anywhere integrates sales, marketing, e-commerce, and inventory activities into one complete front-office system. With SAP Anywhere users can manage and track inventory, manage orders, manage the procurement process, and more.... Read More
 
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PolyPM is an ERP system designed for the needs of the apparel manufacturing industry. The software is used by companies in more than 30 countries and includes barcoding, product tracking, cut planning and more functionality.
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PolyPM is an ERP system designed for the needs of the apparel manufacturing industry. The software is used by companies in more than 30 countries and includes barcoding, product tracking, cut planning and more functionality.
 
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MRPEasy is a resource planning software for small and mid-size manufacturers. The software is a suite comprising production planning, CRM, procurement, supply chain management, and inventory control modules. The application features... Read More
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MRPEasy is a resource planning software for small and mid-size manufacturers. The software is a suite comprising production planning, CRM, procurement, supply chain management, and inventory control modules. The application features... Read More
 
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BlueCherry is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite featuring modules for omnichannel planning, product lifecycle management (PLM), shop floor control, logistics, e-commerce, finance and electronic data interchange. It is suitable... Read More
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BlueCherry is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite featuring modules for omnichannel planning, product lifecycle management (PLM), shop floor control, logistics, e-commerce, finance and electronic data interchange. It is suitable... Read More
 
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JD Edwards EnterpriseOne by Oracle can support medium-sized to large apparel manufacturers. The software has an apparel management module to help set order priorities, manage cleaning codes and track fabric compositions.
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JD Edwards EnterpriseOne by Oracle can support medium-sized to large apparel manufacturers. The software has an apparel management module to help set order priorities, manage cleaning codes and track fabric compositions.

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SAP Business All-in-One is a modular Enterprise Resource Planning solution that can be implemented quickly, in some cases as little as eight weeks. It integrates easily with existing tools, and is Mac and iPad compatible.
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SAP Business All-in-One is a modular Enterprise Resource Planning solution that can be implemented quickly, in some cases as little as eight weeks. It integrates easily with existing tools, and is Mac and iPad compatible.
 
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Exact Software offers a modular suite of ERP applications designed for manufacturers and wholesale distributors. Recommended to mid-sized and large companies in a variety of industry verticals, Exact Software offers flexible deployment... Read More
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Exact Software offers a modular suite of ERP applications designed for manufacturers and wholesale distributors. Recommended to mid-sized and large companies in a variety of industry verticals, Exact Software offers flexible deployment... Read More
 
Infor Process Manufacturing Essentials logo
 
Infor Process Manufacturing Essentials Software is an integrated system designed to specially address the management and automation needs of process manufacturers. Users can leverage this system to increase the competitiveness of their... Read More
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Infor Process Manufacturing Essentials Software is an integrated system designed to specially address the management and automation needs of process manufacturers. Users can leverage this system to increase the competitiveness of their... Read More
 
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Infor CloudSuite Business is a comprehensive cloud-based ERP solution geared towards small and mid-sized businesses. This integrated solution provides deep visibility into every business facet, from financials and human resources... Read More
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Infor CloudSuite Business is a comprehensive cloud-based ERP solution geared towards small and mid-sized businesses. This integrated solution provides deep visibility into every business facet, from financials and human resources... Read More
 
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Oracle SCM Cloud offers a full suite of applications for companies to manage their supply chain, distribution, manufacturing, inventory management, and fleet.  Using product development, users can create a detailed bill of material... Read More
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Buyer's Guide

by Justin Guinn,
Market Research Associate
Last Updated: June 17, 2017


Apparel manufacturers face a dizzying, and occasionally contradictory, array of government regulations, industry standards and consumer demands. Even something as basic as sizing can be a problem. Since the advent of “vanity sizing,” American clothing sizes are a loose standard at best. To add to the complexity, the same item is often available in a variety of sizes and colors. Many manufacturers create goods with logos, so licensing and royalty management is important. One of the most heavily regulated aspects of apparel is labeling; labels must include materials, country of origin and cleaning instructions. Depending on its exact business model, any individual apparel manufacturer may need software to assist with all of the above or more.

Items are generally made of subassemblies or components, so make-versus-buy is always a decision point for apparel manufacturers. The inventory system needs to support an item/size/color matrix. Subassemblies and raw materials may come from factories that are literally half a world away, so production management and order entry must account for lengthy transit times. Currency conversion is a consideration for the accounts payable system and, in a highly globalized industry like apparel manufacturing, it’s a frequently requested feature.

Payroll is standard but tracking and documenting employee training and proof of eligibility to work are important features for an apparel manufacturing system. Accounts receivable and general ledger are also standard. Most enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are deployed on-premises but Web-based systems are available and an attractive option for small and medium-sized operations.

Common Features of Apparel Manufacturing ERP Software

In addition to the core accounting functions, apparel manufacturers should evaluate the following functions to meet their sector’s unique requirements:

License and royalty management Apparel manufactures that use trademarks must hold current licensing agreements and pay royalties to the trademark owner. The system needs to track the licenses and calculate payments due to trademark owners. The amounts should transfer to accounts payable.
Size and color matrix A successful apparel inventory system uses a matrix of modifiers. The general description is entered once, and the sizes and colors are listed as modifiers to the basic description. The inventory must track each item as a separate SKU, and maintain separate reorder or production points.
Season and line planning Apparel lines change season to season and year to year. The inventory should make recommendations for production. In addition, it should track existing inventory and make sales-versus-storage recommendations.
Artwork and pattern management The system should store artwork and patterns for products. It should also track which components are copyrightable and which are not. Advanced systems will provide the ability to electronically file with the U.S. Copyright Office.
Component management The components for each item need to be tracked, including sizes and colors if appropriate. Component management also includes make-versus-buy decision making, which might change from run to run. Whether made or bought, the production system must allow for time and cost of a acquiring components for each run.
UPC assignment The system needs to catalog UPC codes for existing products and assign UPC codes to new products. Advanced systems can also use International Article Number (EAN) codes as well as UPC.
Cutting ticket management The production management system needs to draw information from pattern and component management and inventory to produce cutting tickets.
Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) compliance documentation More and more apparel manufacturers are seeking WRAP certification. Maintaining certification requires periodic compliance reports, which means it’s important that your system track compliance information, identify issues and prepare the compliance reports.
Product label management Apparel manufacturers must label products to comply with regulations, including required information such as country of origin, materials, washing instructions and California Proposition 65 warnings.
Compliance reporting The system should prepare all required compliance reports. It should also be customizable to produce other reports as required.
Material safety data sheet (MSDS) repository OSHA requires that data sheets be on hand for hazardous materials that workers are likely to encounter on a daily basis. Dyes and cleaning agents are examples. The system should have a repository for MSDS information to supplement the required paper copies.
Size definition and conversion American garment sizes are loosely defined. The system should have predefined sizes that can be customized if necessary. It should also provide conversion to European sizing (EN 13402), U.K. sizing (BSI 3666 and BS EN 13402) and Army Combat Uniform (ACU) standard sizes.
Currency exchange values The system should track the exchange values for all currencies used by foreign suppliers. It should download values from a reputable site daily to accurately calculate inventory costs and accounts payable balances. The system should store the current value for currency exchange with every transaction.

What Type of Buyer Are You?

Apparel manufacturing ERP software is actually used by a range of different types of business within the apparel industry. While some apparel manufacturing ERP systems would be appropriate to most businesses within the apparel industry, others serves specialized needs. Understanding how your company fits into the larger apparel industry will help ensure you purchase software that fits.

  • OEM manufacturer. Original equipment manufacturers produce items that are used to complete other company’s end products. OEM apparel companies need ERP software that can assist with inventory management, forecasting and make-to-stock and purchase-to-stock workflow management and planning.
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  • Apparel buying house. Buying houses serve as intermediaries between apparel manufacturers and retailers and can have special ERP requirements. They often have lengthy lists of clients with varying contracts and agreements and sometimes require ERP systems with an emphasis on customer relationship management or CRM.
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  • Apparel retailer. While retailers don’t typically need very advanced ERP functionality, they do have unique inventory management challenges. Their size and color matrices are often relatively complex and their stock and purchase orders need to be managed with a larger degree of flexibility. They will also seek systems they can easily integrate with POSs and web-portals, helping provide up-to-date stock information to both brick-and-mortar customers and employees, customers using their branded mobile app and customers making purchases online.

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