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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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Meet the NGC Executives Recognized as 2019 Pros to Know

We are excited to share that not one, but three NGC executives were recognized by Supply & Demand Chain Executive as 2019 Provider Pros to Know! Mark Burstein, Fred Isenberg and Roger Mayerson were selected for their expertise in helping customers meet today’s supply chain challenges while offering a roadmap for the industry to leverage supply chain for competitive advantage. Mark, Fred and Roger embody a commitment to developing a transformative supply chain and we would like to congratulate them for this great achievement.

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“Demand and Deliver”: What Retailers Can Learn at the AAFA Executive Summit 2019

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) represents more than 1,000 world famous name brands as the trusted public policy and political voice of the industry. In this capacity, AAFA consistently provides retail, apparel, footwear, and fashion accessory brands with expertise and support in the midst of an ever-changing environment. At its annual Executive Summit, the organization will bring together senior level executives for thought-provoking dialogue and networking on March 13-15 in National Harbor, Maryland.

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The Biggest Trend in PLM Today is SCM

What’s the biggest trend in PLM software today? In a word, it’s SCM: supply chain management. As NGC noted in Technology Evaluation Centers’ Supply Chain Predictions 2019 report, incorporating product lifecycle management (PLM) software into digital supply chains was a big trend in 2018 and will only continue to get bigger in 2019. We recently shared our thoughts on the integration of PLM software into digital supply chains with TEC principal analyst PJ Jakovljevic for his annual report. Our viewpoints highlighted the reasons why PLM increasingly means SCM.

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Quality Worldwide Finds A Better Way to Manage Information

We might sound like a broken record, but until everyone is on board, we’re going to keep singing the same tune – it’s time to leave spreadsheets behind. We drove this point home recently in a blog about how inefficient it is for companies to use spreadsheets to manage product development and supply chain operations. We shared why dealing with hundreds of spreadsheets inevitably wastes time and prevents employees from fulfilling more high-level tasks. Consequently, companies lose days, and sometimes even weeks, of valuable time.

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Tired of Wasting Time? Consider Cutting Spreadsheets

A forest fire starts with just one spark. Likewise, a catastrophic error in the retail world can start with one delayed reaction to an impending problem such as fabric arriving late to the factory, sample approvals running late, design changes, and a host of other reasons. For companies that still rely heavily on spreadsheets, it’s impossible to react quickly, essentially wasting profitable opportunities to solve problems before things start to spiral out of control. Though spreadsheets are used extensively to manage product development and supply chain operations, minimizing spreadsheets is the key to improving speed to market, boosting productivity and putting out small fires before they erupt into full-scale disasters.

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What it Means to Select NGC as Your Technology Provider

Trusted by leading fashion brands, retailers and manufacturers, NGC offers more than just top-notch solutions for product lifecycle management, supply chain management, quality control and vendor compliance. At its core, we’re hyper focused on customer satisfaction -- which is one of the reasons that we’ve been named a leader in the RIS Software Leaderboard for seven consecutive years. With a detailed knowledge of and commitment to every one of our customers, we strive to become a valued partner and integral part of every company we serve.

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