NGC’s e-Quality Selected by VF Corporation for Real-Time Quality Monitoring at Factories Around the World
MIAMI – Sept. 26, 2006 – New Generation Computing (NGC) today announced that VF Corporation, a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, has selected NGC’s e-Quality software to proactively monitor, detect and enhance quality at all of the company’s outsourced production facilities around the world. New Generation Computing, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Software Inc. (NASDAQ: AMSWA), is the market leader in product lifecycle management, global sourcing solutions and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for the apparel and sewn products industries.
e-Quality is a fully integrated module of NGC’s e-SPS, the industry standard solution for gaining visibility and improving speed to market in global sourcing and production. VF chose e-Quality following a successful implementation of e-SPS that has connected the company to hundreds of apparel manufacturing factories around the world.
“VF’s goal is to be proactive in capturing quality information, consolidating that data, and detecting and solving quality problems very early in the production cycle,” said Denis Staab, director of common systems implementation for VF Corporation. “e-Quality will allow us to do that, making quality control an integrated part of VF’s manufacturing process.” The solution is scheduled to go live by the end of the year.
e-Quality is a web-based solution for quality audits at factories around the world, following user-defined sampling rules, inspection points and defect codes. Inspectors can work via the web or offline on a laptop or tablet PC, then download the information via an Internet connection; e-Quality automatically generates alerts in the event of a failure. As a result, manufacturing defects that previously might have gone undetected for days or weeks can be quickly resolved – with significant savings in time and money.
e-Quality stores all information in a database, allowing users to analyze quality performance at individual factories, determine trends, and decide how to best allocate inspectors around the world. In addition, factories can monitor their own quality performance to provide continuous improvement.
“NGC has worked closely with VF Corporation over the past 18 months to make significant enhancements that will allow e-Quality to meet their exact requirements,” said Alan Brooks, president of NGC. “Together, e-SPS and e-Quality provide a complete, integrated solution for end-to-end visibility and quality control in the factory.”
VF Corporation is a leader in branded apparel including jeanswear, outdoor products, intimate apparel, image apparel and sportswear. Its principal brands include Lee®, Wrangler®, Riders®, Rustler, Vanity Fair®, Vassarette®, Bestform®, Lily of France®, Nautica®, John Varvatos®, JanSport®, Eastpak®, The North Face®, Vans®, Reef®, Napapijri®, Kipling®, Lee Sport® and Red Kap®. VF Corporation's press releases, annual report and other information can be accessed through the Company's home page, www.vfc.com.
About New Generation Computing
New Generation Computing (NGC) is a leader in product lifecycle management (PLM), global sourcing and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for the apparel and sewn products industries. Every day NGC solutions help hundreds of leading companies gain real-time visibility, improve speed to market and enhance quality control throughout their supply chain. Customers include VF Corporation®, A|X Armani Exchange®, Russell Corp®, Carter’s®, Casual Male Retail Group®, Haggar Clothing Company, Landau® Uniform, Hugo Boss, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Vikki Vi®, Isda & Co., lululemon athletica, Tristan & America®, Axis®, Wilson’s Leather® and many others.
Headquartered in Miami, NGC has offices in New York and Los Angeles, as well as China, India, Mexico and El Salvador. NGC is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Software Inc. For more information, visit www.ngcsoftware.com.