IT SYSTEMS IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY
Computer systems are vital to modern retailing. Without them, we would be back in the Dickensian era of large numbers of clerks sitting at high desks laboriously compiling ledger books. Even today, some smaller retailers’ only source of management information is sales and stock data manually keyed into a financial ledger system such as Sage.
But how does a retailer decide
• How much it is worth spending on a computer system
• What the cost/benefit trade off calculation is?
• Which system to choose?
• How to manage the implementation?
The choice of any retail computer system should be based around answering the question
• What is it going to do to improve the business
competitiveness and profitability?
• what does the system software vendor say are its
features and benefits?
The starting point is to answer the process question; which is
• what parts of my retail business will benefit from
• what functionality is required?
IT SYSTEMS PROJECTS
Retail Merchandise Planning advice for a supplier of IT software to the fashion industry (2016]
Fashionizer Ltd., UK
Implementation of a wholesale clothing system customised for the hotel uniform business 
Creation of a business plan for a new ex-stock hotel uniform offer 
Greenwich Group, UK
Merchandise Planning Manager; Implemented new integrated computer systems 
House of Shanghai, China
Integration of website marketing front end with ERP transactions back end 
Liberty PLC, UK
Commercial Director responsible for merchandising and logistics
IT systems Implemented new integrated computer systems store wide [2001 - 2002]
Merchandise Planning Restructured multi-channel planning system 
Supply Chain Decreased warehoue and distribution costs 
Improved own brand supply planning 
Li & Fung, Europe
Advice to the world’s largest sourcing intermediary on how to improve their understanding of the priorities and issues facing their retail customers 
IT Systems: Selection of a system to fit the needs of a B2B wholesaler of promotional clothing 
Prologic PLC, UK
Review of consultancy selling skills for software vendor 
TM Lewin, UK
Supply Chain Review of warehouse replenishment procedures 
IT Systems Epos and head office systems search for this shirt retailer
Merchandise Planning Principles of systems to plan both new and replenishment styles and fabrics for own label retailing 
Wale Adeyemi, UK
Search, selection and Implementataion of wholesale clothing sales, supply and delivery computer system [2002-2003]
Woods Yard, UK
IT selection & implementation