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Three Supply Chain Trends You Can’t Ignore

These days, it’s difficult to know what the future holds for the global fashion industry, especially when the new norm is marked with unpredictability. However, one thing we know for sure is that change and innovation will always be constant, making it necessary to improve what’s within your control.

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Top Three Compliance Trends in the Apparel Industry

This past year, we’ve seen consumers become more socially conscious than ever before, demanding greater visibility and transparency from the products they purchase. This increasing consumer demand is driving organizations to prioritize vendor compliance throughout the apparel supply chain, leading to a more detailed focus on traceability. As the apparel sector focuses more on supply chain transparency, we’ve put together the top three compliance trends that are shaping the industry and will continue to present challenges and opportunities for apparel brands and retailers in 2018.

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2018 Sourcing Outlook: Challenges and Expectations

Despite the fact that many dubbed 2017 as the “Year of the Retail Apocalypse,” the fashion and apparel industry is still alive and well as we kick off 2018. However, the sourcing landscape has changed and will continue to evolve as customer demand, rising costs and rapid innovation are here to stay. While none of these trends are new, these drivers have reached a tipping point and can no longer be ignored if retailers and brands want to succeed in 2018.

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Prioritize Vendor Compliance and Quality Control in 2018

Vendor compliance and quality control are at the top of mind for brands and retailers today. It’s easy to understand why, given the costly issues that can occur from any uncertainties in the supply chain. And if the blunder is serious enough, it could significantly damage your business and reputation—even if you’re not directly responsible.

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Four Sourcing Strategies to Prepare for in 2018

It’s the beginning of a new year, which means it’s time for brands and retailers to evaluate industry landscape and set themselves up for sourcing success. 2018 is looking to be a good year for the apparel market, with innovative technology creating new opportunities. However, retailers must remain competitive to stay ahead of the game. In 2018, we’re predicting four key sourcing strategies apparel retailers and brands should watch out for.

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Meet with NGC at NRF and Enable the Digital Supply Chain in 2018

A new year means new opportunities, and in 2018, new opportunities can be found by enabling the Digital Supply Chain. That means retailers and fashion brands must embrace solutions that enable the Digital Supply Chain and help them thrive in today’s tough business climate. In fact, an important research study from McKinsey & Co found that digitization is a major priority despite its low maturity rate in the apparel sourcing industry: 76% of executives surveyed said digitization will lead to a significant reduction of lead time from assortment planning to first touchpoint in the market – “reducing their lead time by 2 – 8 weeks to achieve the agility needed in a demand-driven market.” The results of this study validate our vision of the Digital Supply Chain as the key to business transformation and align perfectly with the features in NGC’s Andromeda Cloud Platform, which NGC will be demonstrating at NRF booth #2520.

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FIDM to Teach NGC’s Andromeda Cloud Platform to Tomorrow’s Fashion Leaders

FIDM is offering instruction in NGC Andromeda solutions in the areas of Merchandise Product Development, Apparel Industry Management, Menswear and Apparel Technical Design. The courses will provide FIDM’s students with hands-on training in real-world solutions.

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‘Tis the Season for Apparel Retailers and Brands

It’s the most wonderful, and busiest, time of the year for retailers and brands! Shoppers are looking for last-minute gifts and stocking stuffers, and retailers are looking forward to successful year-end results. This holiday season, we’re seeing a few key trends emerge for apparel retailers and brands.

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NGC Named Leader in Annual Guide of the Best Retail Technology Providers

NGC Software was recently named a leader in 25 categories in the 2017 RIS Software LeaderBoard. 2017 marks the sixth consecutive year that NGC has appeared in the Leaderboard, underscoring the company’s continued focus on customer satisfaction, technical superiority, and support. The RIS Software LeaderBoard ranks technology vendors based on customer satisfaction surveys across a wide range of criteria, serving as an objective guide to help retailers find the vendors and solutions they need. It is widely recognized as one of the retail industry's most authoritative rankings of retail technology software vendors.

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Create a Culture of Change to Embrace Demand-Driven Manufacturing

Fast-fashion brands are working to bring new trends to market with as little lead time as possible. To do so, brands and retailers must have the processes in place to read what’s happening in the market and react accordingly. However, people are often resistant to change, and many companies don’t have a corporate culture that embraces and fosters change. Without a mindset to embrace change, brands and retailers will not be able to adjust to meet new demands and read and react to the shifting market. Company culture must be transformed to drive an on-demand manufacturing model that will get products into consumers’ hands when they want it.

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