Introduction to ApparelMagic
While from the outside, fashion can look like a glamorous world of inspiration and beautiful clothing and accessories, the apparel industry is first and foremost a fast-paced business with excitement of its own beyond the silhouette of a new dress. To be successful in this industry, a fashion company must master not only the design and image-making part of the business, but also the demands of working with boutiques and department stores, the challenges of partnering with manufacturers around the world, and the logistics of getting products to their customers at the end of the day.
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems like ApparelMagic give fashion businesses the upper hand when it comes to running effective operations. From developing new items using Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) to keeping up with a network of wholesale buyers using Customer Relationship Management (CRM) this is key for businesses from start-ups to multinational corporations.
In this first lesson, we’ll learn the basics of navigation, sorting, searching, and receiving support in ApparelMagic. These directions will help you throughout your usage of the program. After you’re finished with the walkthrough, make sure to explore and familiarize yourself with ApparelMagic on your own.
After logging in, the first page you’ll see is called the Dashboard. Here, you’ll see an overview of your business.In a row across the top of the page, you’ll see a selection of key data on your business. Click the area outlined in green to proceed.
Below, graphs will show relevant data. Let’s add one using the Add Widget button at the bottom of the screen.
A variety of graphs are available. We’ll choose Sales This Week simply by clicking it.
Click Close to return to your dashboard.
Your new graph will appear on your dashboard. Simply click the X at the widget’s top right corner to delete.
Next, we’ll go to the left-hand navigation bar and select Calendar from the Home submenu.
The calendar shows your business’s events by Month, Week, or Day. Click Events to continue.
This will keep track of all events you have been assigned in the system. We’ll learn how to create events later on. Click Notes to continue.
You may use the Notes page however you see fit, for example as a casual jot pad to store information you’ll use temporarily.
Click Products on the left-hand navigation bar to continue.
Products are divided into two groups. The first, Styles, consists of finished goods that your business intends to sell.The second, Materials, are the raw materials used to manufacture your finished goods.First, select Styles from the submenu.
This screen is a directory of all styles. Using the sorting and searching features at the top of the page. You can easily find specific products.Let’s use the Style field to search for a specific item.
We’re looking for an item with skirt in the Style Number, so we’ll search using that term here.
When you click Enter, only products with skirt in the Style Number will be visible.Click View All on the bottom toolbar to remove your search constraints.
Clicking the field titles along the top bar also allows you to sort your items in ascending or descending order. Click Price to try it out.
The styles will rearrange into ascending order by price on the first click.Click Price again to continue.
On the second click, styles will be sorted by price in descending order. Single click a style to select it.
Next, click the Actions button at the bottom of the screen to continue.
Here, you have several options.You may delete the stye using Delete or copy the style data into a new style by clicking Clone.Note that you may only delete records when there are no transactions involving them.
The Advanced Search button can be very helpful to find and sort styles.Click Search on the bottom toolbar.
This searching method allows you to use Is/Not keywords.For example, we’ll look for all styles with skirt in the style number by entering into the Style field.
All styles with skirt in the style number will be shown. Click Is in the Advanced Search window to show only items without skirt in the style number.
Only items without skirt in the style number are now shown.You may also search for items with multiple fields. For example, we’d like to look for items with skirt in the style number from Winter 2018. We’ll select Not on the style field.
This will revert the styles shown to just styles with skirt in the style number.Next we’ll enter Winter 2018 in the Season field.
Now, we’ll see only styles with skirt in the style number and Winter 2018 as the season.
Click Clear to clear your search.
Click Close to continue.
Next, click Options on the bottom toolbar.
Here, you may add or remove table columns. For example, we’ll add a Cost column.
You’ll see the column you added appears on the main screen. Click the name a second time to remove it.
Columns can also be rearranged by dragging and dropping the column names on the Table Options list into the desired order.
Next, we’ll move onto Materials on the left-hand navigation bar.
On this screen you’ll find all raw materials listed similar to how finished are organized on the Styles page.Click Orders on the left-hand navigation bar to continue.
The Orders page contains all orders and their respective statuses.Click Options on the bottom toolbar to see what new options are available for these records.
You may sort by a number of additional column headersThese options are different in each of the modules, making searching and sorting records quick and efficient.
You can also send messages to other users within ApparelMagic. Click the Notifications icon on the top toolbar to begin.
Select Send Message to create a message.
Using the User field, add the intended recipient of your message.
Add your message to the Message field.
Click Send to send your message.
If you ever need help while using ApparelMagic, click the ? button on the top bar.
Here, you’ll have the option to Enable Quick Help, a smart window that shows you ApparelMagic functions as you hover over them, or enter the Support Center, a source of information via KnowledgeBase or support ticket.
This concludes the ApparelMagic Introduction Tutorial.Get familiar with your ApparelMagic system to get a feel for its capabilities and organization. For help, simply click the ? button on the top bar.
Introduction to ApparelMagic Quiz
1. What is a widget?a) Unit of measurement in fashion industryb) Category of productsc) Graph found on Dashboard d) A type of user
Answer: c) Widgets are informative graphs you can add to your Dashboard.
2. True or False: You can find products only by searching their style number.
Answer: False. You may use other fields including Description, Season, and Category to find products.
3. True or False: Style numbers can contain only numbers.
Answer: False. Style numbers can be alphanumeric.
4. What kinds of support are available?a) Support ticketsb) 24/7 KnowledgeBasec) Quick Helpd) All of the above
Answer: d) All of the above. You can find all of the above types of support using the ? button on the top bar.