Software development firm Visual 2000 congratulates apparel companies Hatley and Mountain Equiptment Co-op for being named two of the Top Innovators of 2015 by Apparel Magazine. The Top Innovator distinction is awarded to companies who the editorial team at Apparel Magazine believe are “continuing to move the industry forward in interesting and unexpected ways”. Both businesses use Visual 2000 software to help facilitate their business.

Hatley, a Quebec based supplier of children’s clothing and accessories adopted the Visual End2End platform to help manage their expansion across the globe. Since adopting the platform the company has grown to sell their products in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. The solution allowed Hatley to use a central warehouse for all countries, while leveraging Canada’s Duty Deferral Program to save on import and export costs. “We save a ton on interest every year,” said Hatley CEO Jeremy Oldland. “It’s much more efficient for cash flow.”

For Vancouver based Mountain Equiptment Co-op, the innovations were made in the area of product development. Their team chose to implement the Visual PLM.net software to help them move towards their goal of sustainable products. “It provides us with an easy tool to analyze our progress and set goals for the future without a lot of extra work and spreadsheets” said Sandra Rossi, MEC’s director of product design. “Everything we need is recorded and found in PLM.”

Visual 2000 V.P. of Research and Development, Charles Benoualid, was quick to applaud the efforts of both companies,  “Adopting a full featured solution requires buy in from all stakeholders. It’s been great to see both companies commit to innovation and succeed on the platforms we’ve developed.”

Both companies will be honored at a dinner and reception, to be held as a part of the Apparel Executive Forum, in September at the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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About Visual 2000 Visual 2000 provides End2End software to apparel, footwear and fashion accessory companies. More than 500 companies around the world take advantage of Visual 2000′s advanced ERP, PLM, supply chain management, warehouse optimization and business intelligence software