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February 11, 2009

Topson Downs Selects NGC’s e-PLM® and e-SPS® Software

NGC’s software will streamline processes, improve efficiency
and speed to market for private label apparel manufacturer

MIAMI – Feb. 11, 2009 – NGC® (New Generation Computing®) today announced that Topson Downs, a private label manufacturer of women’s and children’s apparel for the industry’s leading retailers, has selected NGC’s e-PLM and e-SPS software as an integrated, end-to-end solution for PLM and global sourcing

e-PLM and e-SPS will provide a strategic platform for Topson Downs’ continued growth, while centralizing communications, streamlining operations, eliminating redundancies and transforming overall efficiency. While Topson Downs has experienced exponential growth in recent years, the company faced challenges in managing the communications and production flow of its high-volume, rapid response apparel business. Topson Downs began searching for a solution that could help it better manage the product lifecycle across multiple divisions and product lines – and the search led directly to NGC.

Together, e-PLM and e-SPS form the industry’s first, most widely installed and most comprehensive solution encompassing the entire product lifecycle for apparel, footwear and accessories. e-PLM and e-SPS cover every step of the complex design/production process – from design concept through sourcing and product quality, to receipt at the DC – with a web-based solution that centralizes information, enhances collaboration, and streamlines workflows to transform the product lifecycle.

NGC’s software will enable Topson Downs to provide fast turnaround, become a more agile company, and maintain the highest design and production quality standards for its customers, without adding additional staff.  “In today’s economy, it’s critical for apparel companies to do more with less, and to streamline operations and improve efficiency wherever possible,” said Jill Spielman, CFO, Topson Downs. “NGC’s software enables us to do that, while also improving gross margins and lowering costs.”

With e-PLM and e-SPS, Topson Downs can:

  • Gain speed to market.  NGC’s web-based, centralized information management will eliminate islands of information and redundant data, ensuring that everyone involved in design, production and manufacturing has the latest information. “With NGC’s software, everyone can go to one place and get all the information they need,” Spielman said. As a result, Topson Downs can shorten the product lifecycle, allowing the company to postpone style decisions until the last minute. With real-time visibility and collaboration, Topson Downs can also respond quickly to customer changes, communicate information to the factories and make adjustments as needed at the factory level. 
  • Streamline operations, improve efficiency across all divisions.  With e-PLM and e-SPS, Topson Downs can standardize its procedures across every division and eliminate any inefficiencies in the decision/production processes.  By replacing inefficient supply chain management tools such as spreadsheets and emails with NGC’s web-based solution, Topson Downs will improve productivity at every level, from design to production.
  • Drive future growth. e-PLM and e-SPS will easily scale to meet Topson Downs’ future needs, allowing the company to expand its business to meet increased demand from its customers.

“Topson Downs has an impressive customer base of leading retailers, and e-PLM and e-SPS are the ideal tools for helping the company thrive even in the midst of a difficult economy,” said Alan Brooks, president, NGC.  “NGC is excited to be working with Topson Downs, and we look forward to a successful partnership.”

About Topson Downs
Topson Downs specializes in high-volume, rapid response apparel manufacturing, with customers that include some of the industry’s best-known retailers as well as its own private- label brands.  Founded in 1971, Topson Downs offers complete merchandising packages for knits, wovens and all fabric types, with lines ranging from girls and juniors to womens and maternity.  Headquartered in Los Angeles, Topson Downs has a showroom in New York City.  For more information, visit

About New Generation Computing
NGC delivers fast, proven ROI.  Every day, the industry’s best brands and retailers increase gross margins, reduce the cost of goods sold, and improve speed to market and product quality with NGC software.

NGC's SQL Series is a comprehensive suite of integrated, end-to-end solutions for PLM (e-PLM®), Global Sourcing (e-SPS®) and ERP (RedHorse®). NGC received the highest possible ranking in a leading analyst firm’s 2008 report on PLM for apparel and footwear and was recognized as a top 100 supply chain and logistics company in 2008 by both Inbound Logistics and Global Logistics & Supply Chain Strategies.  It’s no wonder that VF Corporation®, A|X Armani Exchange®, Carter’s®, Casual Male Retail Group®, Maggy London, R.G. Barry, Hugo Boss®, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Isda & Co., Tristan & America®, Parigi Group and many other leading companies rely on NGC.

NGC has offices in Miami, New York, Los Angeles, China, India, Mexico and El Salvador and is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Software Inc. (NASDAQ: AMSWA). For more information, visit