Performance Apparel & Footwear Leader Pearl Izumi Implements Yunique Solutions PLM

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Leading cycling and running apparel and footwear marketer Pearl Izumi USA is implementing Yunique Solutions' plmOn™ product lifecycle management (PLM) software at its Colorado headquarters. The company will utilize the web-based solution throughout its product development, merchandising, operations, and with global trading partners to streamline its concept-to-delivery processes, increase supply chain visibility, and to enhance product creativity.

Yunique Solutions Inc. (http://www.yunique.com) announces that Pearl Izumi USA Inc., developer and marketer of the world's foremost line of technical performing and quality manufactured apparel for serious cyclists and runners, is currently implementing its plmOn™ product lifecycle management (PLM) software solution in its Louisville, Colorado (USA) headquarters. The company plans to go-live on the web-based software this fall, which it will utilize throughout its apparel and footwear product development, merchandising, and operations departments. The company will also utilize Yunique's srmOn™ supplier relationship management (SRM) to integrate its trading partners into the system.

"As our product lines expanded to meet growing global demand, the need for a PLM solution became obvious", noted Tiffany Howell, Senior Development Manager for Apparel at Pearl Izumi. "The extreme level of detail and processes required to manage technical performance products grew beyond the practical limits of the spreadsheet and email tools that we relied on in the past. We can already see how Yunique Solutions will simplify our work and enable our teams to make more informed decisions and be more creative."

"Although our teams were already highly productive, we will have much greater control and visibility with plmOn", continued Ms. Howell. "We selected Yunique because they demonstrated more out-of-the-box capabilities and a greater understanding of our diverse business needs. Our teams liked the user-friendly plmOn interface, and our management liked the web-based platform that will allow us to access to all the latest information with our laptops from anywhere in the world."

Pearl Izumi USA (http://www.pearlizumi.com) is a world leader in technical cycling, running and active outdoor wear for men and women from outerwear to shoes, shorts, tights, tops, jerseys and accessories. It is a subsidiary of Shimano American Corporation, the U.S.-based subsidiary of Shimano, Inc., a multi-national manufacturer of bicycle components and fishing tackle. Shimano acquired Pearl Izumi USA from Nautilus Inc. in 2008.

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with such a successful company and fine organization as Pearl Izumi", added Yunique Vice President Lenny Weiss. "We believe that plmOn will enable them to take their passion for product and efficiency to new heights."

About Yunique Solutions
Yunique Solutions Inc. is a New York-based developer of 100% browser-based product lifecycle management and supplier relationship management solutions that enable today's fast-paced apparel, home textiles, and accessories retailers and manufacturers speed more trend-setting merchandise to market by improving collaboration across their extended supply chains.

Yunique's flagship plmOn™ and srmOn™ products comprise a comprehensive suite of industry-specific technologies and services including digital asset (image) management, tech pack management, quotation and bid management, sample and production planning and tracking, pre-concept line management, and materials management. Based on the latest Microsoft .NET platform, Yunique's software solutions leverage the internet to provide organizations with the ease of use and global connectivity needed to execute, analyze, and optimize their businesses.

Yunique Solutions has been ranked by its customers as the top tier-one PLM solution provider to the fashion industry for the past two years in an independent survey conducted by Apparel magazine. For more information on Yunique Solutions and its products, phone (212) 672-0098 (New York) or visit the website at http://www.yunique.com.

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