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Meet with NGC at NRF and Enable the Digital Supply Chain in 2018

A new year means new opportunities, and in 2018, new opportunities can be found by enabling the Digital Supply Chain. That means retailers and fashion brands must embrace solutions that enable the Digital Supply Chain and help them thrive in today’s tough business climate. In fact, an important research study from McKinsey & Co found that digitization is a major priority despite its low maturity rate in the apparel sourcing industry: 76% of executives surveyed said digitization will lead to a significant reduction of lead time from assortment planning to first touchpoint in the market – “reducing their lead time by 2 – 8 weeks to achieve the agility needed in a demand-driven market.” The results of this study validate our vision of the Digital Supply Chain as the key to business transformation and align perfectly with the features in NGC’s Andromeda Cloud Platform, which NGC will be demonstrating at NRF booth #2520.

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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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‘Tis the Season for Apparel Retailers and Brands

It’s the most wonderful, and busiest, time of the year for retailers and brands! Shoppers are looking for last-minute gifts and stocking stuffers, and retailers are looking forward to successful year-end results. This holiday season, we’re seeing a few key trends emerge for apparel retailers and brands.

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NGC Named Leader in Annual Guide of the Best Retail Technology Providers

NGC Software was recently named a leader in 25 categories in the 2017 RIS Software LeaderBoard. 2017 marks the sixth consecutive year that NGC has appeared in the Leaderboard, underscoring the company’s continued focus on customer satisfaction, technical superiority, and support. The RIS Software LeaderBoard ranks technology vendors based on customer satisfaction surveys across a wide range of criteria, serving as an objective guide to help retailers find the vendors and solutions they need. It is widely recognized as one of the retail industry's most authoritative rankings of retail technology software vendors.

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Create a Culture of Change to Embrace Demand-Driven Manufacturing

Fast-fashion brands are working to bring new trends to market with as little lead time as possible. To do so, brands and retailers must have the processes in place to read what’s happening in the market and react accordingly. However, people are often resistant to change, and many companies don’t have a corporate culture that embraces and fosters change. Without a mindset to embrace change, brands and retailers will not be able to adjust to meet new demands and read and react to the shifting market. Company culture must be transformed to drive an on-demand manufacturing model that will get products into consumers’ hands when they want it.

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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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Be Thankful for Real-Time Sales Data This Thanksgiving

This holiday season, the very best fashion retailers are starting to react to current sales trends as soon as they happen with immediate information. Because of real-time sales data, retailers and brands can implement read and react strategies and power the digital supply chain, giving them a whole lot to be thankful for.

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Partner With Your Vendor Using a Comprehensive Scorecard

One of the top sourcing priorities for brands and retailers today is making it a priority to onboard their vendors quickly and build strong vendor relationships based on transparency, trust and high-performance. Vendor report cards are a cornerstone of a vendor compliance strategy by ensuring that a good relationship is formed and that vendors adhere to retailers’ standards and codes of conduct.

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Three Tips for Effective Vendor Onboarding

Every vendor should be closely managed from the onset of the relationship, beginning with the vendor onboarding process. If expectations and procedures are established before any work commences, brands and retailers can avoid many issues. Ensuring your vendors are properly onboarded is an investment in your future, as well as the forthcoming stability of your vendor.

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Say RIP to Your Supply Chain Nightmares

Trick or treat? It’s all tricks and no treats for retailers and apparel brands when it comes to supply chain nightmares. Luckily, by enabling the Digital Supply Chain, retailers and brands can avoid these frightening situations that lead to chargebacks, markdowns, delayed shipments and siloed business units. Six Elements to Avoid Supply Chain Nightmares In today’s Digital Supply Chain, retailers and brands should incorporate six elements to help avoid these supply chain nightmares.

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