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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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Utilizing the Digital Supply Chain 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 Digital Supply Chain 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 Digital Supply Chain 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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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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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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NGC’s New Mobile Quality Solution Helps Improve Product Quality and Reduce Chargebacks

NGC's new mobile quality solution allows quality control managers to easily conduct quality audits and detect problems before the goods leave the factory floor.

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Ease Communications and Improve Packing and Shipping Accuracy with NGC’s EZ-Ship

NGC’s EZ-Ship is the best solution and a necessity in today’s omni-channel world to ensure shipments make it from the factory to their destination.

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A New Generation of Enterprise Supply Chain Systems Eliminates Operational Silos

A new generation of retail supply chain management systems is helping enterprises break through their organizational barriers and tear down operational silos.

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