Viewpoints By Steve Riordan

Article: Accelerate Your Transition to DPC with Practical Lessons Learned

At a time when there's never been more clarity around the need to make strategic changes to product development models, there has never been less discretionary money to spend on making them. Get started immediately with these lessons learned in three key areas.

Article: Innovating Through a Crisis: The Urgent Need for Digital Product Creation

The COVID-19 crisis provides the opportunity to accelerate toward a fundamentally different model for retail product development - digital product creation. While it's tempting to postpone such efforts in the current climate, it's more important than ever to give them a higher priority.

Article: Nine Trends Impacting Technology Strategy for Retail Product Development in a Digital World

As the technologies that support retail product development rapidly evolve, it's time to to assess and rethink legacy technology strategies. Here are nine things to consider when developing your future technology strategy.

Article: Retail Marketplace Transformation: Making Strategic Choices for Rapid Change

Retail sales are healthy, yet prominent retailers are downsizing. What is going on here, and how can companies leverage strategic planning AND technology to effectively transform for the future?

Article: Eight Common 3D Digital Product Creation Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

Once a retail, footwear and apparel company is invested in 3D, how can they successfully drive a program that achieves real business value? Based on our experience helping clients drive DPC transformations, here are eight common pitfalls and how to avoid them. 

Article: Addressing Unique Change Management Challenges with PLM in Retail

Today’s business environment requires organizations to swiftly adapt to continuous changes in order to stay competitive. The success or failure of these changes, whether breakthrough, incremental, process related, or technology related, is largely determined by the adoption rate of the people who execute on them on a daily basis.

Article: How to Get the Investment You Need for Retail Product Transformation:

True product differentiation is the most sustainable, long-term source of competitive advantage for a retailer or apparel/footwear manufacturer, yet most find it difficult to provide a persuasive business case to get new projects approved and funded. Here are 6 ways to make it easier.

Article: Research Results Discussion: Adoption of 3D Digital Product Creation in Retail

The 3D Retail Coalition's September 2017 webinar centered on a presentation from Kalypso's Steve Riordan, and Tailored Brand's Jamie Bragg that focused on results from Kalypso’s research on the adoption of leading product development practices in a digital world, created in partnership with the Indiana University Kelley School of Business Center for Education and Research in Retail, and PI Apparel. 

Article: Bring Clarity to Retail Decision-Making with Machine Learning

As the quantity of big data expands, retailers need to become more efficient at collecting, organizing and managing data. Here are some ways retailers can monetize data with machine learning.

Video: Digital Tools to Transform Retail Product Development

Retail product development is changing more now than it has in the past 15 years. Leaders must transform their product development lifecycles to survive in a digital world, and PLM alone can't produce the required results. It's time for retailers to turn to a new set of transformation levers, enabled by digital tools and technologies.