Project Description

Comprehensive activities to document requirements, evaluate vendors, and select a product lifecycle management solution.

The Client

A $3.5+ billion specialty retailer of home furnishings in the United States and Canada.

The Challenge

The client struggled with managing their private label product. Specifically, their existing environment:

  • Had minimal or no workflow, task management and measurement or visibility to calendar adherence
  • Was built on disjointed foundational product structure
  • Did not fully support product development, sourcing and production data integrity, management or visibility
  • Needed to support a common repository of pre-production information for internal and external users
  • Did not integrate historic and projected costs into the design process
  • Did not facilitate management of sourcing capacity and materials consumption by geographical region or vendor
  • Did not facilitate direct development and design collaboration with agents or vendors
  • Had no logistics tracking

The Parker Avery Solution

The Parker Avery Group led the client through the system selection process by performing the following activities:

  • Vetted potential software providers
  • Issued and evaluated RFI responses to narrow the field
  • Documented client-specific system requirements
  • Organized on-site software demonstrations and drafted a detailed demonstration script
  • Evaluated PLM solutions for business fit
  • Conducted reference calls with software providers' customers
  • Developed a multi-faceted scoring system and reviewed findings with stakeholders
  • Provided a high-level implementation plan