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The Complete Guide to
Purchase and


PLM Adoption is Steering Retail Progress

PLM systems are fast becoming the solution of choice for retailers and suppliers. Increased speed to market and product quality are two reasons PLM systems are becoming indispensable—but there are many more. These increases in speed and quality allow PLM adopters to capitalize on emerging fashions and trends.

Being first to market puts PLM adopters in the desirable position of being trendsetters in their industries. But, this is only possible if the right PLM system has been found and successfully adopted. 

The first step is learning what you stand to gain from a new PLM system.

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  • Comprehensive Overview of PLM
  • Insights on Selecting the Right PLM Software
  • Best Practices for PLM Implementation

Why Your Business Needs PLM Software

PLM software enables error-free communication and collaboration. That’s because information is always in one place when all parties are working on a unified platform—not being passed around in endless PDFs and spreadsheets via email.

When all your product data stays in one place, it’s easy to track changes and keep all parties, both internal and external, on the same page. The efficiencies gained by using a unified PLM platform add up to huge increases in revenue and product quality. 

Additionally, there are benefits specific to retailers and suppliers that should not be overlooked:


  • Earn time back in your day for planning activities
  • Love what you do again
  • Improve customer satisfaction and loyalty


  • Use data and communications tools to present higher quality product assortments to buyers
  • Improve customer (retailer) satisfaction
  • Increase retention and repeat sales

How to Purchase PLM Software

Getting alignment and buy-in from executive and organizational teams and ultimately implementing a new PLM system can be a difficult process. There are six important jobs that need to get done to take this project to the finish line. You need to:

1) Define the current state of your product lifecycle process
2) Explore the categories of retail software
3) Gather requirements from all teams
4) Finalize and prioritize needs
5) Vet software solutions and ask them the right questions
6) Make a final decision

Being methodical in your buying process is the best way to find a solution with solid ROI potential. But, to maximize ROI, you need an implementation strategy.

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How to Implement PLM Software

Once the buying process is complete, you’ll be ready to implement a new PLM system. Of course, implementation has its own set of challenges, so here’s a few tips to make implementation an easier process:


Establish your PLM strategy
from the get-go.

Maximize your PLM ROI by prioritizing items like centralizing product data, removing data bottlenecks, and modernizing the quote and order process.

Identifying clear objectives and goals will help you plan your PLM rollout.


Consolidate collaboration and centralize workflows.

A whopping 90% PLM issues are caused by mistakes that happen when data is transferred both internally and externally.

Centralize all your information and communication with your new PLM software, connecting both internal and external teams.


Review data.

Analyze all of the data you’ve stored over the years and decide what needs to be kept, tossed, or updated. 

Going through your data early will set up your PLM system to be built on accurate and usable data. Your information is optimized now with the latest data.

Read the Guide to Master Implementation

By the time you’ve finished part two of the guide, you’ll have everything you need to implement a top-notch PLM system successfully. We’ve included helpful tips, diagrams, and even a PLM checklist to aid you in your search for the best solution.

Obviously, we’re a little biased about who we think is best. We’ve leveraged decades of experience and expertise to craft a unified PLM platform that enables seamless internal and external collaboration across all phases of the product lifecycle. So yeah, we’re pretty passionate about what we do. But ultimately, we want you to find a solution that best suits your business needs.

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  • Comprehensive Overview of PLM
  • Insights on Selecting the Right PLM Software
  • Best Practices for PLM Implementation

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