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Join NGC Software at Sourcing Journal Summit 2017: Pain Points + Pivots

On Tuesday, Oct. 17, NGC Software will be in NYC for the fifth annual Sourcing Journal Summit, a gathering of supply chain executives leading the sector’s latest initiatives. We’re proud to be a sponsor for this year’s event, focusing on “Pain Points + Pivots.” This year’s content will include an analysis of how the new U.S. administration has changed taxes, trade and regulations, and the impact each has had on our industry. Speakers will investigate the seismic shifts hitting retail and how the entire supply will have to adjust to meet the new consumer demands. Discussions will highlight the way in which innovation is changing the supply chain, including production, sustainability, transparency and retail transactions.

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Supply Chain Visibility – The Key to Overcoming Quality Issues

Quality issues are inevitable. But reacting to the issue(s) once goods arrive is not the solution – visibility into your supply chain is! At NGC, we’ve been stressing the importance of supply chain visibility for years. With zero or limited visibility throughout the production processes, it’s difficult to address problems and/or institute a solid quality control program. As retailers and brands come to realize what poor product quality means - not just to their brand reputation, but to their bottom line – they realize the need to implement better quality programs. In our last post, Poor Product Quality – What It Means to Your Bottom Line, we identified the costs associated with poor quality. Now let’s look at how to avoid quality issues – through supply chain visibility.

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Congratulations to Our 2017 Apparel “Top 50” Customers

Apparel Magazine has released the 2017 “Top 50” publicly traded apparel companies who have demonstrated that they are “working diligently to meet customer demand with innovative product, fast delivery and seamless experiences across channels, while facing down the challenges of a swiftly changing retail world.” We’re honored to announce that six NGC Software customers are featured in this year’s list.

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It’s Time to Make a Strong Commitment to E.S.G.

You might not have heard of the acronym, “E.S.G.,” but if you’re planning to seek funding anytime soon, listen up: E.S.G. is now a key metric for investors in making major investment decisions. But what is E.S.G.? Investopedia provides a simple explanation, saying, “The Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Criteria is a set of standards for a company’s operations that socially conscious investors use to screen investments.” Here’s how they break it down:

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NGC Software at PI Apparel NYC, June 22-23

We’re excited to announce that NGC Software’s Mark Burstein will be speaking at PI Apparel NYC, June 22-23. This two-day event features the latest technologies and leading experts disrupting the fashion, apparel and footwear industry. Mark’s session, “Retail Transformation, The Changing Role of PLM and What You Need to Do About It,” explores how the digital supply chain demands that information and data flow throughout the entire value chain. Today, PLM systems only contribute to a sector of that value chain; PLM’s role is rapidly changing, and almost no global fashion company knows the proper approach to execute a Digital Supply Chain.

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It’s a Wrap on NGC Panorama 2017

Last week, we held our third NGC Panorama User Conference in Ft. Lauderdale. The event was packed with three days of networking, workshops, keynotes and beautiful views. One of many conference highlights was our keynote from Edward Hertzman, Founder & CEO of Hertzman Media Group, and the man behind Sourcing Journal, arguably one of today’s most relevant publications in the apparel and textile industry. Eddie provided, “A Candid Look at the Shifting Landscapes of Retail, Apparel, Trade and Global Sourcing.”

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Part 3: Managing Risk In Your Global Supply Chain – The Vendor Assessment Process

In the first two installments of this three-part blog series, we discussed the overall importance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), outlined the first step in implementing a CSR program – Setting Standards of Vendor Engagement, and then reviewed the 4 Critical Terms of Engagement vendors should be expected to uphold to build the foundation for a healthy, lasting and successful relationship. In this installment, we will review the final step in the series, The Vendor Assessment Process.

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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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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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