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Four Capabilities of a Synchronized Supply Chain

Keeping supply and demand in a constant state of perfect equilibrium is the #1 goal of every supply chain team. To deliver the right products at the right time to the consumers who want them, companies must continually rebalance supply and demand, then react with speed and agility to constantly changing demand signals. They must also improve supply chain execution in order to optimize sales, profit and inventory positions.

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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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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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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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Ensuring Quality on the Factory Floor: 9 Questions Every Retailer Should Ask

The factory floor is the most critical place for ensuring quality control. It’s the place where you can detect and correct problems before garments are finished and shipped, saving both money and time. To make sure that the factory is doing a good job at maintaining internal quality, retailers and brands are making it a priority to set up certified factory auditor programs to establish and enforce the best quality practices.

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Q&A with WhichPLM: Transforming the Fashion Industry

Recently, NGC’s Mark Burstein sat down with WhichPLM to discuss the need for retailers and fashion brands to transform their business. In the Q&A, Burstein highlights why the old model of PLM is no longer effective and how, in order to be successful, companies must integrate data from all corporate departments and third-party providers of goods and services into one source of information, from merchandise planning through sale to the final consumer.

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Good Manufacturing Practices Yield Good Quality

As we highlighted in our recent white paper, “Managing Your Global Vendors – The Three Pillars of Success,” Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) are critical to successfully evaluating your global vendors. Equally important, GMP is also essential to produce high quality products. In short, good quality starts with Good Manufacturing Practices. Without GMP in place, quality problems will multiply quickly. There are multiple departments in a factory that are involved in high quality production. Skilled personnel, well-maintained equipment, process control and risk management are critical to GMP. When evaluating vendors, factory evaluators should assess:

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7 Strategies to Accelerate the Digital Supply Chain

With traditional fashion retailers and department stores struggling to stay open, it’s more important than ever for companies to innovate by using data to transform their supply chain model. However, it’s not enough to simply have access to data. Companies must “plan their reaction” to experience growth in the retail industry.

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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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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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