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How Retailers Can Meet Gen Z’s Demands

Gen Z is the youngest generation and its members are already making a big impact on retail revenue. The generation is identified as the 86 million people born between 1997 and 2016, and it is expected to represent 40% of all shoppers by 2020. Today, this generation currently influences $600 billion of family spending.

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Discussing Fashion’s New Fundamentals at Sourcing Journal’s Sourcing Summit

We’re looking forward to joining supply chain executives in New York at Sourcing Journal’s Sourcing Summit next Thursday, Oct. 17. The event’s theme is the New Fundamentals, an important topic of discussion in the current retail environment. Through engaging keynotes, interactive discussions and detailed insights, top thought leaders will share their struggles, strategies and successes as they evolve the core of what the retail business is about.

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The Benefits of PLM Revealed in Latest just-style Articles

This month, NGC’s president Mark Burstein was featured in three articles in just-style’s online magazine, “What’s next for PLM?”, “Leveraging 3D and PLM to speed design and development” and “How to plan for a pain-free PLM implementation.” The articles were additionally abridged to “How clothing firms can fuel growth through strategic PLM,” which was published on the just-style website. To celebrate these articles being published, we’ve included highlights of Mark’s thoughts on the state of PLM in the questions and answers below.

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New NGC E-Book Reveals Why Digital Supply Chain Platforms Are the Key to Winning

It’s official: the newest NGC e-book is here. The latest in our series of long-form content reveals why a digital supply chain platform is the key to winning for today’s fashion retailers. Below, we’ve included some highlights from our e-book. If you’d like to read the full piece, you can download it here.

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The Capabilities and Benefits of a Digital Supply Chain Platform

Fast fashion, social media, one-day shipping and e-commerce have trained consumers to expect products when, where and how they want. On top of increasing expectations, younger consumers are driving overall trends towards “newness,” with one in seven considering it a fashion faux-pas to be photographed in the same outfit twice, according to McKinsey’s “The State of Fashion 2019.” The report additionally found that shoppers today buy 60% more clothing than they did 15 years ago, but consumers keep that clothing for only half as long as they used to.

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Digital Supply Chain Platforms: Separating the Winners from the Losers

Today’s fashion and retail supply chains are extraordinarily complex. In the ultra-competitive world of fashion retail, companies must manage all the details of product design, sourcing, compliance, product testing and supply chain execution for thousands of SKUs simultaneously. They must also react to constantly changing demand signals, fashion trends, weather patterns, sales data, production delays and many other variables—and they must do it faster and faster.

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Shifting Back-to-School Landscape Encourages Retailers to Act Quickly

Back-to-school season is in full swing and initial sales results have been rolling in. Unfortunately, this year’s back-to-school investment is expected to be down, with shoppers primarily being motivated by discounts. These shifts may be related to the fact that consumers are shopping at new places, sometimes as a result of closures to their favorite stores, such as Children’s Place. Providing another challenge, the trade war fallout and latest round of apparel tariffs are also leaving many retailers anxious over the shopping season.

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Owning the Digital Enterprise: How PLM Has Evolved And What’s To Come

Managing the entire lifecycle of a product from its conception, through design and manufacture, to service and disposal, comes with plenty of moving parts. While Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) has long since served an important role for clothing manufacturers, it has become even more critical in the past five years.

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Overcoming Trade Uncertainties – Why A Digital Strategy is Key

With President Trump opting to add tariffs to the remaining $300 billion worth of imports from China, slated to take effect on Sept. 1, the apparel and footwear industries are bracing themselves for potentially chilling consequences. The ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China has left fashion companies with a choice to make: continue to source in China amidst uncertainties and additional rounds of fresh tariffs or reduce China’s portion of supplied products and increase sourcing from other countries. However, transferring sourcing out of China is easier said than done.

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The Road to Transparency: Vendor Onboarding

McKinsey and Company’s State of Fashion Report 2019 recognizes radical transparency as one of the top trends that will shape the fashion industry for the year ahead. As a result, presenting a transparent supply chain has become a mark of success for apparel companies. In our last two blogs, we touched on the need for product compliance and vendor compliance. The final component in bringing transparency to a supply chain is the vendor onboarding process.

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