Gartner Research

Reference Model for PLM in the Retail, Footwear and Apparel Market

Published: 29 May 2013

ID: G00252498

Analyst(s): Janet Suleski, Marc Halpern


This research defines the key characteristics of PLM applications that soft goods firms, including RFA companies, should seek in a PLM application. Product development leaders can use this model to identify the appropriate criteria against which to measure PLM software vendors.

Table Of Contents


  • The Apparel Industry Landscape Continues to Evolve
  • PLM Vendors Must Address Business Outcomes for RFA Companies
  • RFA Companies Must Assess PLM Vendor Capabilities in Many Essential Areas
  • Several Functional Areas Are Out of Scope for PLM in RFA
  • Multiple Kinds of PLM Vendors Add to Selection Complexity
    • Cross-Industry PLM Natives
    • RFA Product Development Natives
    • RFA ERP Natives
    • Supply Chain Natives
    • Retail Suite Providers

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