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Fishbowl is the #1 manufacturing and warehouse inventory management software! Its powerful inventory control system gives your small or midsize business the exact tools needed to transform your inventory management and scale your ...Read more about Fishbowl

4.1 (824 reviews)

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With an integrated system that includes ERP, financials, commerce, inventory management, HR, PSA, supply chain management, CRM and more – NetSuite enables fast-growing businesses across all industries to work more effectively by a...Read more about NetSuite

4.1 (1421 reviews)

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Striven is a cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution suitable for many industries and organizations of all sizes. It offers features for accounting, inventory management, human resources, customer relationship mana...Read more about Striven

4.8 (116 reviews)

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Deskera MRP

Deskera enables fast growing businesses to operate more efficiently by providing them with an integrated platform that connects manufacturing, accounting, erp, inventory and warehouse management, order fulfillment, procurement, sa...Read more about Deskera MRP

3.7 (3 reviews)

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Acumatica Cloud ERP

Acumatica Cloud ERP provides the best business management solution for transforming your company to thrive in the new digital economy. Through leading-edge technology, best-in-class business functionality, and customer-friendly ...Read more about Acumatica Cloud ERP

4.4 (104 reviews)

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Lead Commerce

Lead Commerce is an integrated order management suite that offers applications like inventory management, merchandise planning, and customer relationship management. The solution helps small and midsize businesses streamline and a...Read more about Lead Commerce

4.1 (14 reviews)

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R4 Enterprise

Royal 4 Enterprise is an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution with built-in modules for distribution, manufacturing, planning, inventory management, reporting and company financials. It serves midsize to large en...Read more about R4 Enterprise

4.5 (4 reviews)

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You know how some companies struggle to get work done as efficiently as they should or could because of internal bottlenecks, bad data and lack of real-time coordination between back-office and front-line employees? Well, TrackVia...Read more about TrackVia

4.5 (33 reviews)

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aACE offers on-premise and cloud-based business management software for small and midsize businesses. Modules include accounting, customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise resource planning (ERP), inventory management, or...Read more about aACE

5.0 (25 reviews)

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Online Computing designs and develops a proprietary ERP software called MasterTools. MasterTools combines all aspects of production planning, project management, shop floor control, inventory control, e-commerce, and financial ana...Read more about MasterTools

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Deltek Costpoint

Deltek Costpoint is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) and management solution designed to meet the requirements of midsize and large enterprise businesses. The solution primarily assists government contractors, professional se...Read more about Deltek Costpoint

4.0 (205 reviews)

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JD Edwards EnterpriseOne

Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne is an enterprise resource planning software with primary features such as real estate management, human capital management, environmental health and safety and commodity trading. What is JD...Read more about JD Edwards EnterpriseOne

4.2 (155 reviews)

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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 su...Read more about BlueCherry

4.2 (21 reviews)

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S2K Enterprise

VAI’s is an independent software developer and the author of S2K Enterprise, an award winning cloud-based ERP solution utilized by customers operating across the distribution, manufacturing, specialty retail, and service sectors, ...Read more about S2K Enterprise

4.5 (17 reviews)

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A2000 Apparel Management Software is the best ERP for your fashion business of design, manufacturing, inventory, warehouse, and B2B. An easy-to-use system configurable to your needs, A2000 is designed for apparel, footwear, access...Read more about A2000

4.6 (8 reviews)

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MRPeasy is a cloud-based AI-powered ERP/MRP software for small manufacturers (10-200 employees). Our MRP system comprises production planning, CRM, procurement, supply chain management, and inventory control modules, all of whic...Read more about MRPeasy

4.5 (86 reviews)

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Sync is a cloud-based integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) and product lifecycle management (PLM) solution that caters to the apparel and footwear industry. The solution includes various integrated modules that help busin...Read more about Sync

4.9 (19 reviews)

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SAP S/4HANA Cloud is a cloud-based and on-premise enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. It is suitable for small, midsize and large businesses in industries such as automotive, engineering, construction, mining, research an...Read more about SAP S/4HANA Cloud

Sage 100

Sage 100 is a cloud-connected ERP platform (Enterprise Resource Planning) for medium-sized manufacturers, distributors, and professional service companies. Finance, budgeting, planning, inventory, supply chain, production manageme...Read more about Sage 100


ERPAG is a cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. It is suitable for small and midsize businesses in various industries, including automobile, retail, education, information technology and more. Primary features ...Read more about ERPAG

Buyers Guide

Last Updated: March 16, 2023

What is apparel manufacturing ERP software?

Apparel manufacturing ERP software is a set of features designed to manage the ordering, inventory, and assembly of clothing and other items. Create a variety of products using a matrix for colors, size, artwork, and patterns, then set up seasons and apparel lines.

An enterprise resource planning (ERP) system for manufacturing integrates related systems—such as accounting, marketing, and sales—for a comprehensive view of the production and supply chain. These suites also include tools to manage licenses, track compliance for safety, and shipping regulations.

Here's what we'll cover:

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.