31 Oct Kenneth Cole Productions Selects Gerber Technology’s YuniquePLM to Manage Its Footwear and Apparel Lines
Kenneth Cole Productions Inc., the iconic fashion house known for its footwear, has implemented Gerber Technology’s YuniquePLM(TM) software for its men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel and footwear lines. Gerber’s Yunique Solutions business unit is helping Kenneth Cole manage its broad product portfolio by ensuring its many teams are able to collaborate and communicate optimally to increase speed and efficiency.
Kenneth Cole Productions is best known for its extensive footwear line; after all, the footwear business is how Kenneth Cole got its start. In 1982, rather than take a booth at the Hilton Hotel during the New York shoe show, Kenneth sought a creative alternative. He reached out to the Mayor’s office to see about parking a trailer on the street for an extended period of time and found out that it could be done only if you were a utility company servicing the streets, or a production company shooting a film. So, that day, he changed the name of his company from Kenneth Cole, Inc. to Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc., hired a cameraman to shoot the film The Birth of A Shoe Company, and parked a 40-foot trailer in front of the Hilton Hotel. In three days he received orders for 40,000 pairs of shoes, many from the top stores in the country. Today, the footwear business comprises a third of its revenue. With seven clothing, accessories, and footwear lines, wholesale operations in eight different countries, and 6,000 department and specialty stores, effective communication internally, and between suppliers and vendors is undeniably paramount.
“In order to manage an operation of this size and diversity, it’s important to have everyone on the same page,” says Arthur Bargonetti, senior vice president of Operations, Kenneth Cole. “With YuniquePLM, we can avoid the holdbacks of small errors that snowball into larger ones due to miscommunication between our designers, sourcing teams and international vendors by having all of the information in a single location.” Bill Brewster, vice president of Global Sales and Marketing for Yunique Solutions said, “We are thrilled to work with Kenneth Cole, one of the most prominent fashion brands in the industry. For a company with so many product lines to keep track of, having the right information in a single location lends itself to making the best choice regarding everything from selecting raw materials, changing styles, or communicating a request with a vendor.” Brewster added, “The new additions in V5 of YuniquePLM makes life easier for designers, suppliers and vendors with added functions such as mobility, integration with Adobe(R) and expanded sourcing and networking with partners.” About Kenneth Cole Productions Founded in 1982, Kenneth Cole Productions manufactures fashionable apparel, footwear, and accessories for men, women, and children under the Kenneth Cole Collection, Kenneth Cole New York, Gentle Souls, Kenneth Cole Reaction, Kenneth Cole Unlisted, and Tribeca names. The company serves approximately 3,000,000 customers per year across 6,000 stores located around the world.
About Yunique Solutions Yunique Solutions is the product lifecycle management business unit of Gerber Technology. YuniquePLM and webPDM software enables organizations to connect their creative teams with their supply chain to get the right products to market, on time and at the right cost. These systems can help businesses of all sizes accelerate time to market, reduce lead time and improve margins by managing the details of line plans, tech packs and samples and simplifying communication and collaboration with global partners. Visit http://www.yunique.com for more information.