Title: PLM functionalities in the fashion industry. A classification framework

Authors: Romeo Bandinelli; Virginia Fani; Bianca Bindi

Addresses: Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Florence, I-50100, Florence, Italy ' Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Florence, I-50100, Florence, Italy ' Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Florence, I-50100, Florence, Italy

Abstract: Product lifecycle management (PLM) is a set of solutions and tools to support business in the management of the entire lifecycle of the product portfolio. Recently, non-traditional sectors are increasing its adoption, even if it often requires customisations and dedicated functionalities due to the peculiarities of these industries. Focusing on the fashion one, literature is not exhaustive in a clear definition of PLM functionalities and a classification framework for its adoption. Different names of the same functionalities can be found and new features are rarely addressed. Emerging functionalities, such as the ones related to the Industry 4.0 paradigm, have been investigated to ensure the completeness of the framework, getting information from indirect sources and semi-structured interviews to industrial experts working in the fashion industry. According to this, the paper aims to present a comprehensive classification framework of the PLM functionalities in the fashion industry.

Keywords: product development; PD; product lifecycle management; PLM; fashion industry; framework; functionalities.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPLM.2021.116217

International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management, 2021 Vol.13 No.2, pp.186 - 204

Received: 17 Sep 2020
Accepted: 14 Feb 2021

Published online: 07 Jul 2021 *

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