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Sourcing Journal Founder Edward Hertzman to Focus on Industry Disruption at Panorama 2017


The retail and apparel industries are experiencing the biggest changes in decades, and Sourcing Journal founder Edward Hertzman will share his observations as our keynote speaker for NGC Panorama, May 17. Eddie’s keynote, “A Candid Look at the Shifting Landscapes of Retail, Apparel, Trade and Global Sourcing,” will focus on the industry disruptions and rapid changes that are affecting our industry.
 
In just a few short years, Sourcing Journal has grown to become one of the apparel industry’s most influential publications, and Eddie is a sought-after speaker and industry expert. Eddie’s keynote session is a “can’t miss” that will set the tone for Panorama 2017, as we explore new technologies and best practices that can help NGC customers thrive in a time of unprecedented change.
 
Our agenda is filled with customer-led panels covering topics ranging from “The State of the Apparel Industry” to “Implementation Challenges and Successes.” No matter what NGC solutions you’re interested in, you’ll find product workshops on a range of topics: PLM, SCM, Quality Control, Vendor Management, ERP, BI, and Shop Floor Control. You’ll learn about all the exciting breakthroughs in our new Andromeda Cloud Platform, too, and we’ll share our product and technology roadmap.
 
As a reminder, Early Bird Registration ends March 15, so sign up soon and save. Our hotel block closes on April 10, so book today for the best rates!
 


Apparel Features Sport Obermeyer’s Partnership with NGC

As we are all too well aware, the apparel industry is rapidly evolving, with many companies being threatened or left behind if they don’t adapt. Recently Apparel Magazine featured Sport Obermeyer’s quick adaptation to the changing times and how the company has maintained its leadership in specialty ski apparel in the midst of strong competition from eCommerce giants and big box retailers.

To modernize its business operations, Sport Obermeyer implemented NGC’s Global Enterprise Suite (GES) that includes fashion PLM, SCM and ERP. NGC’s solutions have enabled Sport Obermeyer to accelerate design and production and actively track the location of products, in transit and at the factory. By implementing our GES platform, Sport Obermeyer has streamlined design and development processes, increased collaboration across the entire business, and improved profitability.

Greg Bannister, COO of Sport Obermeyer, discussed how they’re using the software to communicate with their factories overseas.

"We're actually writing POs, and they're acknowledging them through our system,” he said. “We can track them from when they get fabric to when they start to cut and sew. We have a better idea of what's going on with factories overseas."

Read more about Sport Obermeyer’s NGC implementation and how they’re continuing to look toward the future in the full article, here.



Don’t Miss NGC and Xcel Brands at AAFA’s Executive Summit, March 1-3


AAFA Executive Summit
is the “can’t miss” show of the year for apparel retailers, brands and vendors. The Executive Summit, happening March 1-3 at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C., brings together senior level executives from retail, apparel, footwear and fashion accessory brands around the U.S. and globe for two days of thought-provoking dialogue. The show provides a great opportunity to network and learn what retailers and brands are doing across their business to streamline production and improve their systems – something we aim to help our customers achieve. 

This year we are thrilled to not only sponsor the show, but our own Mark Burstein will also introduce Xcel Brands’ session “Supply Chain Rebels: Optimize Lead Time, Maximize Profits” at 4:20pm on Wednesday, March 1. During this session Bob W. D’Loren, Chairman and CEO of Xcel Brands, will share Xcel Brands’ lessons learned in their journey to supply chain excellence. Robert will discuss how fast-fashion processes are now necessary for every major retailer and manufacturer’s arsenal.

Xcel Brands is the ideal company to address this topic, with their implementation of NGC’s Global Enterprise Suite to improve design and production efficiency and reduce lead times. Our Global Enterprise Suite, comprised of NGC’s PLM, ERP and SCM solutions, has allowed Xcel Brands to respond quickly to the latest sales trends, as evidenced by their rapid response to a sold-out blouse at Lord & Taylor last year. (You can learn more in this Wall Street Journal article.) 

We look forward to seeing you at the AAFA Executive Summit! Let us know if you’d like to meet to discuss how we can help you streamline your production and increase your speed to market.



With an Eye on the Future, NGC Celebrates 35 Years of Innovation

NGC reaches a major milestone this year, as we celebrate our 35th anniversary as a company. Like all milestones, this one was cause for celebration and reflection – and as we reflect on NGC’s first 35 years, one word keeps coming to mind: Innovation.

When Alan Brooks founded NGC in 1982 in a corner of his apparel distribution center in Miami, he saw a need to create software that addressed the unique needs of the apparel industry. A former IBM executive and owner of a mid-sized apparel manufacturer and importer, Alan moved quickly to guide NGC in developing a number of breakthrough products, including PC-based software for Shop Floor Control, ERP and Global Sourcing. NGC offered something new and distinctive – combining a deep understanding of both technology and the apparel industry – and we’ve been focused on innovation ever since.

Some of the keys to NGC’s long track record in industry innovation include:

  • Deep industry experience: All of NGC’s executives, consultants and other professional services personnel had deep experience in the apparel industry before joining NGC. They’ve lived and breathed the apparel industry, which gives them an insider’s perspective on best practices.
     
  • World-class processes: In recent years, NGC has completely redesigned all of our internal processes for support, development and implementation, creating a world-class Professional Services organization. We’re focused on continuous improvement, and we continue to evolve in a very positive way.
     
  • Entrepreneurial drive: A lot has happened in NGC’s 35-year history. Yet as we’ve moved from a start-up to being part of a publicly traded company, we’ve never lost the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation.
     
  • Our customers: NGC’s customers have embraced innovation and best practices. Working together, we’ve continuously adapted NGC’s solutions to solve new problems.

Today our industry is changing faster than ever, and, together with our customers, we’re innovating quickly to meet new challenges such as demand-driven supply chain, optimized lead times, omnichannel distribution, and a personalized customer experience.

It’s no accident that NGC is introducing our new Andromeda Cloud platform as we celebrate 35 years of innovation. It’s the solution to the greatest challenges our industry faces, and it will enable the “Connected Enterprise,” where users worldwide share information in order to quickly react to the latest business trends.

NGC’s best days are ahead of us. As we celebrate our first 35 years, we’re looking forward to the next 35, with a clear focus on continuous innovation and world-class software and services.



New Research Explores The “Zara Gap”

If you regularly follow NGC’s blog or our guest posts on The Sourcing Journal, you’ve heard us discuss what has been christened in the industry as the “Zara Gap.” The “Zara Gap” is the idea that retailers can increase profits and capitalize on market share by reducing lead times and delaying product completion to respond to changing consumer demands. Zara has achieved this while other fast-fashion retailers continue to lose profits and waste raw materials by ignoring consumer demand.

John Thorbeck, chairman of Chainge Capital LLC, and Warren H. Hausman, a professor at Stanford University, along with Citi Research, were the first to discuss the Zara Gap and are diving deeper and researching this phenomenon. According to Thorbeck and Hausman, “retailers can increase profits by as much as 28 percent and market capitalisation by as much as 43 percent if they reduce lead times and delay finished product commitments in order to respond quickly to changing consumer demand.”

In a recent article on Jan. 9, Business of Fashion further explored the “Zara Gap” based on Thorbeck and Hausman’s research. You can view the full article and learn more about the “Zara Gap,” here.

If you’re a retailer looking to close the gaps in your supply chain, contact NGC today.


 
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