First things first.
We don’t deal in fancy visual merchandising.
You won’t find any ERP or inventory management system on Techpacker.
No bells and whistles.
However, if you’re looking for a platform to design and manage your fashion products in the most effortless way possible.
You’ve come to the right place.
Techpacker got rid of all the clutter and kept only the essentials.
Expect everything you get from a PDM / PLM software combo: techpacks, versioning, bill of materials, design library, costing etc.
But it does a few things that fulfills your real needs better:
- ✅ Your design elements are displayed visually.
- ✅ You build and manage your fashion products like playing with Lego blocks. (More on that later)
- ✅ You drag and drop instead of upload.
- ✅ Creating and copying specs is effortless.
- ✅ You can perform lightning-fast updates on your techpacks.
- ✅ Communication is laser-focused.
Here are 6 reasons why Techpacker is a better fit for you than a fashion PLM software
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1. It’s very visual and intuitive (just like how your mind works)
Fashion designers are creatives at heart.
The way we think, create and express ourselves is inherently visual.
Shouldn’t the tools we use do the same?
PLM systems were created for engineers in mind, not designers.
The way they work, feel and look is all too reminiscent of what an auto parts engineer would use in the early 2000s.
Do you really want to stare at this for hours?
Using these PLM platforms is like wearing ill-fitting shoes for us - it’s uncomfortable.
Soon enough, an itch will appear in the back of your mind.
An itch repeatedly telling you: this isn’t right...this doesn’t feel natural.
This is reflected in the number of steps you have to do in order to complete the simplest tasks, such as opening, updating and making a techpack live.
With so many hoops to jump through, anyone is bound to make a mistake.
If you ever came across an apparel PLM or used one yourself, don’t feel bad if it took you awhile to make it work or if you’re still struggling.
They simply weren’t made with the way you do things in mind.
For me, something like FlexPLM, was a nightmare instead of a blessing. It’s like a painter unable to use a paintbrush. Simply put, it’s not easy for a creative person and I’ve had my fair share of frustrations.
Also, with so many steps, it is so easy to make mistakes, and no matter what, mistakes always come back on the designers - and it’s a shame......it makes us look bad and unreliable.
Sarah Radcliff, Apparel and print designer at DICK’s sporting goods
How is Techpacker different?
Techpacker knows how your creative mind works.
It displays all your design info visually - in one place.
You get to see the big picture in one glance:
Your entire fashion design with all its intricate details.
Just like a mood board, this lets you focus, coordinate your work and gets your creative juices flowing.
And unlike a PLM interface, working on it everyday won’t make your eyes sore.
Techpacker also lets you manipulate your design info visually.
Logo, fabric, point of measurement… each of your design detail is now a Card
Think of Cards as Lego blocks.
You can assemble them in any number of ways to create new techpacks.
Swap them between techpacks, edit them and reuse them in seconds.
Instead of uploading images, you can drop them inside the platform to create new Cards.
This makes creating new design elements and copying specs effortless.
Unlike working on a PLM system, you won’t find yourself constricted by a maze of drop down lists, tabs and checkboxes.
Just free-flowing design work, from start to finish, with absolutely no friction.
Final takeaway: Techpacker was created by designers, for designers.
It’s not only easier to use than a PLM system, it’s much more enjoyable to use every day.
2 - You can communicate with pinpoint accuracy
Communication on your average PLM system is pretty old-fashioned.
Talking between departments, team members and vendors is done in a long-winded dialogue like this:
Looks like a glorified email box if you ask me.
You still have to specify your request, what your comment is about, what your attachment is, CC the right people and so on.
Really, you’re still falling for the same traps as regular email.
You still have to dig through messages to make sure if you got the right information.
You still have to scour through attachments to get the right file.
Techpacker puts a twist on it.
Remember: Each design element on Techpacker is represented as a Card.
You can chat in real-time inside any Card.
This way, your discussions happen in compartmentalized chat rooms.
And any image, annotation, due date, comment or file related to that convo is organized right inside that very same chatroom.
Result: No more confusion about who said what, or which file is the most up-to-date.
Need your technical designer to confirm a point of measurement? Open your Card for that particular POM and add a comment.
Not sure where the label placement should be on your t-shirt? Comment on your label Card.
Want to request a fit change after receiving your first sample? Same thing. Add a comment on your fit table for you manufacturer to see.
See where I am going with this?
Conversations aren’t spilled out all over the place or collected in one messy inbox.
Feedback, changes and requests are assigned with pinpoint accuracy to a specific part of your garment.
This makes everything super clear for your factory and your team members.
3. Are you using Excel right now? You can jump right in.
Let me guess.
You’ve been using Excel to create techpacks.
Maybe even for bill of materials and costings.
In other words, you’ve got a lot invested in Excel.
Making the switch to a PLM solution daunting.
You’ll probably have to relearn new skills, heck a whole new way of doing things.
Everything you know and love about Excel is available to you on Techpacker.
You’ll find the same versatile and familiar spreadsheets.
You can create tables, add rows, columns and custom formulas.
You can even upload entire Excel sheets directly to Techpacker in seconds.
You won’t have to relearn anything or change the way you do things.
But don’t expect it to be simple carbon copy of Excel in there.
A lot of repetitive tasks that you're taking for granted are fully automated on Techpacker.
Check out our Techpacker vs Excel blog post to see how they compare.
Spoiler: You’re time spent on creating techpacks will be cut down to minutes.
4. It requires very little training to use Techpacker to its fullest
We can be a stubborn bunch when it comes to adopting new tech.
Call it inertia. Call it aversion.
Whatever it is, we use existing tools because of existing habits.
New tools require new skills. And that takes time, energy and money.
A single day of PLM training for one user costs just under $1,500.
Plus, you have to pay for training for all departments to make the most of it.
This includes designers, product developers, merchandisers, buyers, QAs.
But don’t think a simple workshop will cut it.
You need to customize your PLM solution, configure it, test it and tailor it to your business processes.
In other words: your team has to bend their usual workflows to preconfigured processes dictated by the software.
This not only suck energy from your daily operation, it can create resistance from your team and derail projects.
You risk having an expensive tool become an expensive burden.
On top of that, PLM systems have a slow learning curve.
They are jam-packed with features. More often than not, you don’t need and will never use them all.
All this to say, If your PLM software isn’t easy to use, your team won’t use it, and your company won’t reap the benefits.
Techpacker can be mastered in 1 hour
That’s right. You could learn how to effectively use every single feature on the platform in literally 60 minutes or less.
(Want a personal tour to dive into these features? Contact us to book a free demo )
It’s possible for you to actually know the platform inside out in no time - and use it to its full potential.
Nothing is tucked away, nothing is hidden, and no technical knowledge is required.
Everyone from a pure designer to a quality assurance planner can learn how to use it and start using it right away.
With only the essential features that you’ll actually use everyday, you’re team won’t get overwhelmed.
The ability to visualize your fashion design at a glance, from the most minute detail to a big picture snapshot at glance.
The power to create and reuse design elements effortlessly.
The relief that comes with never having to search for files, messages or design elements.
All of it, available to your team, in just one hour.
Using it will quickly become second nature.
Next, we’ll see how this ease of use translates into thousands of dollars staying in your pockets.
5. It’s A LOT cheaper than a PLM platform
You’ll end up paying way more for a PLM software than you anticipate.
A bunch sneaky hidden fees that won’t get mentioned upfront.
This includes implementation fees, integration fees, training fees, data migration costs etc.
Take training fees alone.
A 3-day PLM workshop will add an extra $3,500 to your PLM price.
Now multiply that $3,500 by the number of people you will need to send for training.
And what happens if someone quits, or a new version of your PLM is released?
Well, you’ll have to pay for training again in both scenarios. This is a recurring expense rarely taking into account in the cost of a PLM.
No wonder calculating a decent return on investment on PLM systems is notoriously hard.
Oh and don’t forget to add a few thousands for every consultant and technical staff you hire.
All these fees stack up to tens of thousands of dollars that could be better spent elsewhere.
Choosing Techpacker over an expensive PLM software will save you up to 80%.
For 15 users, your average PLM system will cost you
$1200 to $2250 a month in licensing cost alone.
$429 a month with an annual plan for Techpacker.
Onboarding is totally free for larger teams.
Check our pricing.
6. Your manufacturer can use it right away (For free and without training)
Manufacturers have their hands full.
They have to handle multiples clients, which means handling different sets of tools.
This applies especially for PLM software.
They have to purchase, implement and train staff to use their clients’ application of choice.
You should make it easier for them.
For one, it frees up their time from wrestling with software to focusing on your product.
Two, it opens the door for more effective collaboration, leading to less delays and less miscommunications.
The faster they get setup, the faster you’ll get production going.
The better they understand the tool you use, the more in synch you’ll be.
By making life easier for them, you make life easier for yourself.
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