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Global Trading Systems Releases Heads Up! : Product Development Software for the Headwear Industry
New offering is a simple yet complete solution for the managing line plans, product concepts, specifications/material list and sampling.
By: Janet Amico
“The need for a PLM system for headwear became very apparent to us as we assisted a new headwear component company” observes Janet Amico, GTS’ President. “In speaking with merchandisers and developers, we quickly learned there was no affordable, scalable solution available to them. With our experience in delivering PLM solutions for footwear and home textiles, we jumped at the chance to do the same for headwear,” she added.
The goal in developing Heads Up! was to provide an application that is intuitive, simple to use, visual and contextual in nature and yet flexible enough to handle all categories including caps, hats and millinery. Heads UP! users can define Lines, broadcast target Style and marketing goals internally, record and collaborate on specifications, materials and construction issues. As designs near completion, Heads Up! then supports the sampling process from request through completion by providing a single location for merchandisers, developers agents and even partners to view product details, materials, drawings, instructions and Style-level blogs. Initial margin analysis can be performed via a financial wizard that is included in the offering.
According to GTS' Dan Mathews, "The underlying processes required by headwear are similar to the other consumer goods industries we are already in. Our discussions with headwear executives gave us a real insight as to how headwear is different. We were then able to leverage both our experience and existing code to come out with a solution I am really excited about.” he added.
Heads Up! is available on a license and subscription basis. To coincide with the launch, headwear executives can register for a 30-day free evaluation. For this and more information on Heads Up!, you can go to to our web site at http://www.hatspecs.com or call sales at 1+(508) 477-3141.
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Based in Kirkland, Washington, GTS has provided PLM software since 1995. By uniting software development with consulting and systems integration, GTS provides a complete approach to help consumer goods companies to link people, processes and data.