Global Teen Brand Aéropostale Implements YuniquePLM from Gerber Technology’s Yunique Solutions Business Unit

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Enterprise-wide user and vendor adoption are keys to realizing PLM value

Aeropostale and YuniquePLM

Gillian Maser, senior product manager for Corporate Initiatives at Aéropostale, said, “Because YuniquePLM is a structured system, it allows us to be consistent with how we’re communicating."

[With YuniquePLM], we’re one step closer to the final result, which is a tech pack, and we’re streamlining our workload rather than adding duplicative work.

Aéropostale® Inc., a mall-based specialty retailer of casual apparel for young women and men, has implemented Gerber Technology’s YuniquePLM™ software to optimize and increase collaboration between its headquarters and global suppliers. By implementing YuniquePLM, Aéropostale’s designers, sourcing team and vendors speak a much more consistent language.

With retail and manufacturing operations in many different locations, clear communication is absolutely essential for success. Gillian Maser, senior product manager for Corporate Initiatives at Aéropostale, said, “Because YuniquePLM is an organized, structured system, it allows us to be consistent with how we’re communicating.” She continued, “All of the information is in one location within the tech packs we’re passing to vendors, so our production partners know where to look for certain types of data. It’s always going to be in the same place.”

YuniquePLM is also helping designers at Aéropostale realize operational efficiencies by by pre-positioning fabric needs within YuniquePLM across its headquarters and supplier network. Vendors may begin locating fabric options, eliminating the need for designers to recreate fabric specifications. Jessica McDermott, design director of Men’s Knits at Aéropostale, said, “The information we are sharing with production can be pulled as a report with a higher level of accuracy, while contributing to design’s final tech pack completion. It’s in a system so we’re one step closer to the final result, which is a tech pack, and we’re streamlining our workload rather than adding duplicative work.”

Version 5.1 of YuniquePLM further enhances the work of designers with integrated functionality with Adobe® Illustrator®, the industry standard. “We are delighted to provide Aéropostale with our powerful and flexible solution that will help them maximize efficiency and increase effective collaboration,” said Bill Brewster, vice president of Global Sales and Marketing for Yunique Solutions. “We continuously strive to make lives easier across organizations, from top level leaders to sourcing and design. With V5, we have further enhanced our industry-leading user experience with things like deep integration with Adobe, a suite of mobile apps and drag and drop functionality.”

About Aéropostale, Inc.
Aéropostale®, Inc. is a primarily mall-based, specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories, principally targeting 14 to 17 year-old young women and men through its Aéropostale stores and 4 to 12 year-old kids through its P.S. from Aéropostale stores. The Company provides customers with a focused selection of high quality fashion and fashion basics at compelling values in an innovative and exciting store environment. Aéropostale maintains control over its proprietary brands by designing, sourcing, marketing and selling all of its own merchandise. Aéropostale products can only be purchased in Aéropostale stores and online at http://www.aeropostale.com. P.S. from Aéropostale products can be purchased in P.S. from Aéropostale stores and online at http://www.ps4u.com and http://www.aeropostale.com. The Company currently operates 896 Aéropostale stores in 50 states and Puerto Rico, 79 Aéropostale stores in Canada and 148 P.S. from Aéropostale stores in 32 states and Puerto Rico. In addition, pursuant to various licensing agreements, our licensees currently operate 64 Aéropostale locations and one Aéropostale and P.S. from Aéropostale store in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. On November 13, 2012, Aéropostale, Inc. acquired substantially all of the assets of online women's fashion footwear and apparel retailer GoJane.com, Inc. Based in Ontario, California, GoJane.com focuses primarily on fashion footwear, with a select offering of contemporary apparel and other accessories.

About Yunique Solutions
Yunique Solutions is the product lifecycle management business unit of Gerber Technology, Yunique PLM, and webPDM software enables organizations to connect their creative teams with their supply chain to get the right products to market, on time and at the right cost. These systems can help businesses of all sizes accelerate time to market, reduce lead time and improve margins by management the details of line plans, tech packs and samples and simplifying communication and collaboration with global partners.

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