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Concept to Customer: Execute Faster With a Connected Digital Supply Chain

The steps between the time a product is designed to the moment it reaches the consumer ultimately determine the return on investment. Traditional siloed processes yield longer lead times, but today’s apparel brands and retailers are all after one thing: speed. Within the supply chain, time is arguably the biggest risk factor. The pressure to react quickly to changing consumer demands adds another layer. If a retailer can’t keep up with what their customers want, they put themselves in danger of losing customers. A digital supply chain reduces these risks by enabling companies to make faster decisions and manage all the complexities of today’s retail and fashion supply chains.

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On the Hunt for Quality and Sustainability? The Solution is Digital

Contrary to the assumption that low price is the prime selling point for apparel, good quality is even more of a driving factor for consumers. Almost 40% of millennial consumers say quality is the most important factor that attracts them to products, according to a Deloitte study, reported by Women’s Wear Daily.

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NGC Named Inbound Logistics Top 100 Logistics IT Provider for 10th Year

We are proud to announce that Inbound Logistics has named NGC a Top 100 Logistics IT Provider for 2019. This marks the tenth year that NGC has been recognized as one of the “best of the best” supply chain and logistics solution providers in this annual list. The award demonstrates NGC’s continued leadership in providing digital supply chain solutions that transform the concept to customer lifecycle for retailers and brand owners.

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Staying Ahead of the Trend: How a Digital Platform Can Help

Trends, especially in retail, are exactly what the name implies: ephemeral and subject to change. However, predictions concerning the next round of trends are actually often released months or even up to a year in advance of the season! Retailers that base their product development on these forecasted trends put themselves in a risky position since the far-out predictions don’t always turn out as planned. To account for this, real-time updates on fast-selling items allow retailers to not only keep up with the latest trends, but also capitalize on their findings so they can put the hottest items in the hands of shoppers faster.

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Don’t Rip and Replace, Let Andromeda Close the Gaps in Your Concept to Customer Lifecycle

It’s no secret that fast and sustainable supply chains are essential today. As a result, retailers are under tremendous pressure to be more agile and responsive to their customers. They can no longer afford to take 12 or 18 months to develop new products; instead, the process must be compressed to a matter of months, or even weeks. Digital supply chains are essential to making this shift, enabling brands and retailers to shorten the timeline from concept to customer.

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Rip Curl Catches a New Wave of Productivity with NGC’s Andromeda PLM Solution

If you’re ready to embark on an adventure, check out Rip Curl, because it has what you need to prepare and inspire you for your journey! Based in Torquay, Australia, Rip Curl is a designer, manufacturer and retailer of high-tech surfing sportswear and a broad spectrum of accompanying products, including wetsuits, boardshorts, watches, apparel and travel gear for both men and women. Rip Curl has become one of the largest surfing companies in Australia, Europe, South America, North America and South Africa. It strives to be the Ultimate Surfing Company, always innovating and pushing surfing to new levels. The company prides itself on its world-class roster of athletes and the simple objective to “Live the Search” -- the idea of adventure, looking for and surfing good waves, and getting up the next day to do it all again.

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Digitizing PLM Alone is Not Enough: Why Connecting Every Part of Your Value Chain is Crucial

While digitization closes the product information gap and extends the PLM to the entire product development process, digitizing PLM alone is not enough to reap the full benefits of a true end-to-end digital solution. Instead, fashion retailers and brand owners should scale their business by bringing together all departments, including merchandising, product development, sourcing, compliance, purchasing, production, quality, logistics, marketing and sales. By connecting vendors, suppliers and other providers, a cloud-based solution that powers every part of the business streamlines processes, improves collaboration and reduces lead times.

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Combatting the Social Compliance Problem With Digital Supply Chain Vendor Management

Whether it’s failing to provide safe working conditions, treating employees unfairly or producing products that contain banned substances, social compliance remains an issue for many fashion companies outsourcing production of apparel, footwear and textiles across the world. For the approximately 75 million people laboring in this industry, the lack of a well-regulated supply chain may make workers subject to forced labor. In return, these conditions could tarnish the reputation and degrade the brand value and revenues of any company who fails to prioritize ethical sourcing and social compliance.

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A One-Stop Shop: Why California Manufacturing Company Selected NGC’s Andromeda After an Extensive Search

For 70 years, California Manufacturing Company has produced men's and women’s outerwear, sportswear and uniforms under the Canyon Guide Outfitters and Dakota Grizzly labels, as well as many private brands. Despite its name, the company is actually headquartered in St. Louis, MO. It also operates a distribution and embroidery center in a nearby city called California, and has offices and partner factories around the world. In December 2018, the apparel company selected NGC’s Andromeda PLM and SCM in pursuit of finding a flexible solution that would improve speed to market and efficiency.

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It’s All About the Digital Supply Chain: What Attendees Will Learn at Velocity 2019

Our highly anticipated customer conference is almost here. On Monday, March 25-Wednesday, March 27, leading retailers and fashion brands will gather in Orlando, Florida for the Velocity 2019 customer conference. With more than 80 breakout and training sessions from NGC, Logility, Demand Management and Halo, attendees will learn how to accelerate their digital supply chain transformations by leveraging best practices and technology innovations.

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