The Future of Fashion is Digital, post-Covid-19 (with audio version)

As stated in my previous article on the links between climate change, wellbeing, and PLM as part of the solution, I strongly believe the shift in our buying and trading behaviour was due a revamp in order to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems, which apparel had a huge part to play in. And…
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How to Improve Product Innovation at your Company

Even big companies struggle with innovation. Take, for example, Gerber’s 1970s attempt to penetrate the adult food market. Instead of developing a new line with its own unique distribution strategy, the baby food brand re-labelled existing pureed products and simply placed them in a different aisle. Or, more recently, look to the flop of Pizza…
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5 Most Innovative Products of 2020

With CES 2020 wrapping up a few weeks ago, there’s a lot to digest. We saw tons of innovative products in fitness tech, TVs, self-driving vehicles, and even basics like Bluetooth technology. CES is a spectacle that never fails to impress, and while some products might be more realistic than others, the showcase can be…
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How Sourcing Agents Take Advantage of Entrepreneurs

Looking for a manufacturing partner? A quick search on Google or Alibaba will surface hundreds of results. It isn’t difficult to find a factory – but it is a much harder task to find the right one.  Entrepreneurs struggle to find and vet a manufacturing partner overseas. Many turn to sourcing agents to be their…
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How to Vet a Manufacturing Partner

It’s undeniably more affordable to outsource your product manufacturing to a factory in China or India. But, for most entrepreneurs, it’s difficult to discern which factory is the best fit. Instead of learning how to vet a manufacturing partner, many people rely on a sourcing agent to help navigate the process. While it’s easy enough…
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Why Smart Companies Outsource Product Manufacturing

Article in partnership with Gembah. When new businesses fail, most of the time it’s due to running out of cash. Poor cash flow management is the nemesis of the more than 80% of new ventures that go out of business in the first year.  It takes a lot of capital to get started, no matter…
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4 Different Approaches to Successful Product Design

Fast Company’s Innovation By Design award winners in 2019 all have a few things in common: they’re sleek, intuitive, and many have a sustainability focus. From a carbon-negative, algae-based plastic raincoat to a reusable takeaway-cup service for large venues, the winning designs all meld form and function to create a great user experience for the…
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Manufacturing in China: The Ultimate Guide for Non-pros

The advantages of manufacturing in China cannot be overlooked, but neither can their challenges. Creating a brand new product is an exciting prospect. If this is your first time, you have a lot to learn. Don’t let that dampen your spirits. We’re here to help. Here is everything you need to know when getting started…
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How are you so burnt when you’re barely on fire? (with audio version)

In her latest piece for WhichPLM, Lucy Blackley shares the links between climate change, wellbeing, and PLM as part of the solution. Lucy is a PLM and Product Development expert, and sits on WhichPLM’s Expert panel.  The world is burning, and we’re all burnt out. Are the two related? It’s clear they are for those who have suffered…
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Technically Glitched Curriculums: A Call To Responsibility

In her latest piece for WhichPLM, Lucy Blackley shares her concerns on our education system – and, in particular, how it’s setting graduates up to fail. Lucy is a PLM and Product Development expert, and sits on WhichPLM’s Expert panel.  Last month I took on my first intern for the company I founded and direct. It started with…
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User-Centric Software Places Simplicity at the Heart of Product Design

Bombyx PLM is on a mission to streamline product design and development, helping manufacturers, product developers and creatives get back to what they do best without tedious, time-consuming admin tasks. The product lifecycle management software is for any company creating products and supports the whole development process, from the initial concepts right through to production.…
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Love, Death and PLM

In her latest piece for WhichPLM, Lucy Blackley shares her thoughts on people as a product, how their lifecycle and wellbeing matters more than the consumable product itself, and how the empowerment of people and investment in technology can create a better working culture that only supports and promotes the end products of a brand. Lucy…
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Navigating the PLM Playing Field

Lucy Blackley shares her thoughts on the similarities between small and large enterprises when it comes to PLM. Lucy is a PLM and Product Development expert, and sits on WhichPLM’s Expert panel. Why does PLM feel like a political playing field, where the growth of everyone together isn’t an option, despite the recent shifts in…
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Why are we not looking at PLM from a people perspective?

Here, Lucy Blackley focuses on the individual in relation to selling and implementing software systems. Lucy is a PLM and Product Development expert, and sits on WhichPLM’s Expert panel. Before taking on my ‘passion project’ of people, processes, and technology, which has slowly over the course of two years become an actual business, I worked as a…
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Lifecycle of a Lifecycle (2/2)

Here, Lucy Blackley continues taking us through the journey of developing her own PLM system. Lucy is a PLM and Product Development expert, and sits on WhichPLM’s Expert panel. Two months ago, I published my first article for WhichPLM (the predecessor to this piece), in which I delved into the back of my mind to revisit the process of…
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Lifecycle of a Lifecycle (Part 1 of 2)

Here, Lucy Blackley shares her first exclusive with WhichPLM. Lucy is a PLM and Product Development expert, and sits on WhichPLM’s Expert panel. In this piece, she shares her experiences developing her own PLM system.  The notion of creating a new PLM system was, for me, one of an organic nature; yet at the same…
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