Article Management – PDM – Product Data Management

PDM (Product Data Management) is the central article management module in Indigo Fashion Software. The data collected here is used again and again throughout the entire application, for example for creating catalogues, lookbooks, colour charts or providing data for your online shop or the B2B portal. But don’t worry: even if you have a large number of entry options for article management at your disposal, you don’t have to use everything.

Remember: Indigo grows with your success. In the first step, article maintenance can simply consist of entering the article description, description, dimensions and price information. Later, you can extend this for each article as required by assigning colors, patterns, styles or even material compositions and maintenance symbols. If your customers require the transfer of article data in electronic format (e.g. as “article passport”), then you are well prepared with the Indigo PDM module.

The PDM module offers a variety of functionalities, which we present below.

 

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Modelabels, Modedesigner, Modehersteller

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Fashiondienstleister, Modegroßhandel, Onlinehandel

Article texts

Data entry

 

Modern fashion software would be inconceivable without it: The PDM module provides you with all options for entering article attributes in a simple, clear and structured manner. In addition to the descriptive texts, storage properties such as volume or weight can also be stored. For the preparation of the online trade you can also maintain appropriate keywords, which are important for the Internet texts.

By the way: If you already know that all descriptive texts are needed for international trade, then you can already enter the translations here! This way you can access all information about your articles in one central location, which can be accessed by other indigo modules. Your customers also benefit from being able to access the article data via the B2B portal. Simply super!

Item pictures

Upload, administration

 

For each article that you have created in the PDM module, you can upload or assign any number of images. A type management (“People”, “Details”,…) allows a meaningful categorization. You can also indicate here for which advertising material a photo is primarily intended and should be used (e.g. online shop, catalogue, branches, email marketing). A free keyword assignment allows the later intuitive retrieval via the search. Of course, these image data can also be retrieved by your customers via the B2B portal.

Colours & Patterns

Administration, allocation

 

The PDM module makes it possible to store colour and sample information for each of your fashion articles. For example, you can store RGB and Pantone shades that later become important for various reproduction techniques and reproductions. The assignment to simplified colour worlds or themes (“red”, “green”, “light”, “dark”, “spring”) allows a comfortable and intuitive search for the sale of your products in online shops.

Styles

Administration, allocation

 

Not only important for your lookbook: Indigo Fashion software allows you to manage your patterns. So all style information for your fashion items is in one place!

Price point positions

Administration, allocation

 

For many of the other Indigo modules, such as collection planning or pre-ordering, it is important that you assign your fashion items to price classes. The maintenance of price point positions (min. max. average price) allows your customers to estimate the quality of your articles or styles.

Assets (files)

Upload, Assignment

 

“Assets” are any files that belong to an article. If you want to add information to an item that does not fit into any of the other categories (such as snapshots of competitor items), you can store it in Asset Management. Of course, this also includes texts or Internet links.

Article dimensions

Administration, allocation

 

Indigo Fashion software is extremely flexible and adapts to your needs. This includes the possibility of the PDM module to record article dimensions: whether (international) sizes, colours, fits, lengths, widths – you determine which dimensions are suitable for the article using a template catalog. For special fashion goods that cannot be mapped using the standard templates, simply create new ones. It couldn’t be better.

 

Maintenancesymbols

Administration, allocation

 

The PDM module of the Indigo Mode software is delivered with a library of common care symbols and texts. In addition to the familiar images or icons in various sizes (for example for the declarations on the textiles themselves or for labelling in the online shop), you also receive the usual textual descriptions in several languages. You can then simply add these care symbols to your fabric library. This means that the care instructions will automatically appear later wherever they are needed.

Article passport

Output, Export

 

If your fashion trade partners want to transfer your article information into their own EDP system, then there is now an easy way: Indigo provides several possibilities to exchange the data you have already entered with your customers. The output is either as a data set or an attractively designed article passport. If you want to use the B2B portal, your customers can access the data completely independently – and you can simply continue to concentrate on the things that are important to you!

Fabrics and materials

Administration, allocation

 

Indigo offers an extensive collection of substances and materials so that you can quickly and clearly store the composition of substances and materials for each of your articles. In addition, you can also maintain manufacturer and manufacturer information (“Supplier long-term declaration”/”Supplier longterm declaration”). Remember: What you deposit here is available again in many other places – whether in the B2B portal, where your customers can download the data necessary for further processing themselves or also in your own processing, for example in the Indigo Online Shop – the time you invest here pays off several times.

Topics & Productlines

Administration, allocation

 

With the possibility of assigning your fashion articles to theme and product lines, you can later create completely flexible evaluations and, for example, display sales according to “ladies’ wear” or “bodywear”. Of course, the terms of the theme and product lines are completely free – you can create and adapt them according to your wishes.

Catalogues

Buildup

 

Create your own virtual catalogs in the Indigo PDM module, i.e. compilations in which you can combine any articles. Later, you can either pass this information on to the design/layout agency as data records in the usual formats or view it as a preview on the screen – this saves time during data exchange and increases data quality.

Collectiondesign

Analysis, planning

 

If you are planning your new fashion goods, various questions are interesting: Which articles do we have in which price range or price range? What has been the distribution of sales in previous years and are we actually meeting the target figures with the distribution key of the new collection? With the Indigo PDM module you lay the foundation for all these considerations. Define marketing periods and combine fabrics, colors, materials, and other product attributes into styles and items. This way you always keep track of the newly planned collection.

Own attributes

Acquisition, output

 

The Indigo PDM module comes with an extensive standard set of attributes. The attributes necessary for your company are not included? You want a different grouping and sequence of attributes? No problem! You can invent new attributes and combine all attributes into attribute groups. When creating a new article, you select the appropriate attribute set from the sets created in this way – that’s it!