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Part 2: Managing Risk In Your Global Supply Chain – Establishing Terms of Engagement

In the first installment of this three-part blog series, we discussed the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and outlined the first step in implementing a CSR program – Setting Standards of Vendor Engagement. In addition to adhering to the Standards you set, there are specific Terms of Engagement vendors should be expected to fulfill, which we’ll discuss in this installment. If upheld, these terms will prove to be the foundation for a healthy, lasting and successful relationship with your vendor(s).

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Part 1: Managing Risk In Your Global Supply Chain - Setting Standards of Vendor Engagement

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a hot topic in the apparel industry right now. With so much competition and uncertainty, the last thing you want to do is risk your brand’s reputation at the hands of your global vendors. In this first installment of a three-part blog series, we will discuss the importance of implementing a CSR program and outline the first step - defining the Code of Conduct, or Standards of Vendor Engagement, that you expect your vendors to adhere to, those guidelines on which each supplier will be evaluated.

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Utilizing the Connected Enterprise to Meet Changing Demands

The conventional model of “assembly line” processes simply doesn’t work in today’s rapidly evolving retail market. One could almost argue that there are no longer traditional retail seasons with retailers like ZARA turning around entire new lines within weeks. Retailers and brands have to adjust to meet the demands of today’s market – and those that don’t are bound to suffer. For our 35 years of existence, NGC Software has focused on innovation for apparel designers, manufacturers and retailers – and we don’t plan on changing that anytime soon. Our latest innovation is the recent release of our Andromeda cloud platform to power the Connected Enterprise for retailers and brands.

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The Times Are A-Changin’…at NGC Software

We’re not even halfway in and April has been a busy month at NGC Software. So far, we launched our new website and announced the release and general availability of our next-generation cloud platform for fashion retailers and brand owners, Andromeda. Andromeda powers the Connected Enterprise by bringing together all departments – Merchandising, Product Development, Sourcing, Compliance, Purchasing, Production, Quality, Logistics, Marketing and Sales – in a single cloud-based solution that connects vendors, suppliers and other providers.

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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.

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Apparel Features Sport Obermeyer’s Partnership with NGC

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.

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

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.

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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.

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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.”

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Women on the Move: NGC Customers Receive Top Industry Honors

NGC customers Angela Chan of DXL Group, Janet Sherlock of Carter’s and Natalie Meurer of Legendary Whitetails received recognition for outstanding leadership in the retail and apparel industries.

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