Brooks Brothers Taps TEXbase for Materials Quality, Compliance

4/2/2013
Brooks Brothers is using TEXbase's product integrity management software as the company-wide standard to manage materials quality and compliance.

TEXbase delivers quality assurance data management, supplier collaboration and product compliance solutions that improve product quality, time to market, and compliance. Through a comprehensive range of automation options, TEXbase securely unifies brands, retailers, suppliers and labs for material and product development, testing protocols, quality testing and compliance documentation.

"With the increasingly complex demands of product safety and regulatory bodies both in our home and International markets, we needed a solution that could manage all of our product testing, compliance and aspects of our fabric development," says Joe Dixon, senior vice president sourcing, Brooks Brothers. "We wanted to spread this workload across our overseas offices and our New York head office and being web based, TEXbase was an ideal vehicle. We also needed seamless integration with our PLM system to enable data to be entered only once. We believe that this system will position us well for the global expansion that we have planned."

TEXbase Compliance solutions help quality and compliance professionals meet requirements such as the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), Proposition 65, Restricted Substance lists and Conflict Minerals. On the TEXbase platform, compliance can be an outcome of an end-to-end process of material and product development, specifications, testing and documentation, or a standalone solution for finished products. TEXbase generates Certificates of Compliance and provides a Compliance Certification portal for transparent compliance management.

Brooks Brothers recognized a critical need for a system to support its rapid expansion, ongoing innovation and the growing list of compliance requirements. The objective was to streamline materials management, provide consistent performance testing and implement a system for global compliance management to enhance collaboration with testing labs and vendors.

The TEXbase solution streamlines and automates materials management, testing and compliance in one simple, web-based system that also integrates into Product Management Lifecycle (PLM) systems. TEXbase allows Brooks Brothers to unify disparate sources of data into one central system that spans the complete lifecycle, from raw materials to finished product compliance. The system allows Brooks Brothers to collaborate with their garment makers, mills and labs for standardized testing protocols, quality testing and compliance documentation with automated production of General Certificates of Compliance.

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