Infor Intros Omni-Channel Retailer
and Fashion Brands Solutions|
January 14, 2020
introduced a number of solutions designed to help omni-channel retailers
and fashion brands optimize their inventories, improve demand and supply
planning, boost factory efficiency and help take their fashion products
to market faster.
The new, machine learning (ML)-driven solutions are generally available
(GA) and include Infor Retail Allocation, Infor Omni-Channel Planning
for Brands, the latest version of Infor CloudSuite PLM for Fashion, and
the Infor Nexus RFID Scan & Pack solution.
Jordan K. Speer, research manager, global supply chain, at IDC, said,
“Retailers that cannot minimize costs by optimizing for product
planning, creation and movement through the end-to-end supply chain will
not be able to compete. Optimization requires the ability to design,
sample and produce as close to market as possible and to move inventory
as quickly and efficiently as possible for both store and e-commerce
“This requires, first, one view of inventory and, second, the ability to
fulfill orders from whatever location is optimal, taking into account a
wide array of constantly changing factors in real time,” she noted.
“Without unified software systems and analytics that provide visibility
into one version of data, insight into that data and the ability to make
smart decisions based on it, retailers will not be able to thrive in
Rod Johnson, Infor general manager and head of Americas, said, “Infor’s
ongoing investments in machine learning and advanced planning will give
retailers and fashion and lifestyle brands very powerful new
capabilities. First, they will have an incredibly precise view of their
component and finished goods demand and, second, they will have an
execution platform that supports even shorter product lifecycles. This
combination will reduce waste, labor and markdowns throughout their
supply chains, from zippers to finished goods.”
Infor Retail Allocation
Infor Retail Allocation leverages Infor Machine Learning to address the
challenge of where to position inventory to maximize “full-price”
sell-through and minimize markdowns and waste.
The solution supports multi-modal fulfillment for all demand types and
nodes, including vendors, distribution centers (DCs) and stores. It
enables retailers to create a time-phased allocation plan, from launch
to clearance, to optimize the lifecycle margin for each product.
Infor Retail Allocation is one of the industry’s first allocation
solutions to be powered by machine learning and one of the first
enabling retailers to replenish distribution centers and allocate to
stores in one process. It also is unique in its ability to reduce the
labor required in allocation.
Infor Omni-Channel Planning for Brands
Infor Omni-Channel Planning for Brands applies machine learning to
demand and supply planning to help fashion brands manage their
direct-to-consumer channels, alongside their existing wholesale
businesses in a solution designed for both types of demand.
With Infor Omni-Channel Planning, fashion and lifestyle brands no longer
have to choose two disparate tools or force one channel to use a tool
that is more fit for another channel. The solution supports demand
planning, unique to wholesale accounts vs. retail channels; supply
planning that consolidates demand; allocation by channel, account and
store; bill-of-materials-driven component planning and
minimal-order-quantities (MOQ) management. It also is integrated with
the Infor Nexus supply chain network to enable collaboration with
component suppliers, factories and downstream wholesale accounts.
Infor Omni-Channel Planning is one of the first omni-channel demand and
supply planning solutions to leverage machine learning. It enables
retailers to create plans that address both wholesale and retail
channels seamlessly, and it helps them reduce waste, markdowns and the
labor associated with planning.
Infor CloudSuite PLM for Fashion
Infor CloudSuite PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) for Fashion (version
16) helps fashion designers take their products and collections to
market faster and in a more structured, controlled way. The solution
provides a trusted, single source of data, so fashion brands can
efficiently reuse data from collection to collection.
The solution’s modern user interface, with drag-and-drop features, helps
users more easily manage the information they need. And Infor CloudSuite
PLM for Fashion offers tight collaboration with partners. It allows them
restricted access to the system to view information such as technology
packs and feedback on samples, thus reducing unstructured email
Because Infor CloudSuite PLM for Fashion is integrated with Infor
CloudSuite Fashion (M3) on the same Infor OS (Operating Service)
platform, data can be shared across the platform seamlessly. Workflow
tasks are defined for end-to-end processes, regardless of where data
comes from. Documents created in Infor CloudSuite PLM are stored in the
Document Management application within Infor OS. As such, data is
aligned, integrated and updated when new versions are released.
Infor Nexus RFID Scan & Pack solution
Infor Nexus Scan & Pack solution enables retailers and fashion brands to
leverage RFID tags in the factory packing process to validate packing
accuracy and improve factory compliance and efficiency. EPC (electronic
product code) data is captured and verified, duplicate and dead tags
detected, and an item-level proof of delivery generated, without the
need to physically handle each garment.
The solution is embedded into Infor Nexus’ Factory Management product
suite, which enables communication and enforcement of carton packing and
labelling requirements, and automatic generation of compliant carton
labels and ASNs (advanced shipping notices). RFID scanning helps brands
enforce a true item-level scan at the factory while also streamlining
factory packing operations. EPC data can be used along with the Infor
Nexus Supply Chain Traceability product to drive brand-protection