It’s a Wrap on NGC Panorama 2017May 23, 2017
Last week, we held our third NGC Panorama User Conference in Ft. Lauderdale. The event was packed with three days of networking, workshops, keynotes and beautiful views.
One of many conference highlights was our keynote from Edward Hertzman, Founder & CEO of Hertzman Media Group, and the man behind Sourcing Journal, arguably one of today’s most relevant publications in the apparel and textile industry. Eddie provided, “A Candid Look at the Shifting Landscapes of Retail, Apparel, Trade and Global Sourcing.”
Despite the fact that Amazon is continuing to grow while traditional retailers contract, Eddie emphasized that off price wasn’t the way to go and cheaper isn’t better in the long run. Beyond Amazon, over the past year, the industry has looked at ZARA as the shining example of how to thrive in today’s retail environment; however, Eddie warned, fast fashion can’t be everyone’s business strategy, and retailers and brand owners should instead look at how they can improve speed to market. Ultimately, Eddie reminded us that traditionally change has come from the outside, not within an industry, and that we all need to look within and ask, “Are you the cassette, DVD or iTunes song?”
After his keynote, Jump Apparel, BBC Int’l and Sport Obermeyer joined Eddie to continue the discussion on the state of the industry. Canada Goose and PPI Apparel were also kind enough to take to the stage to discuss their implementation challenges and successes and share key lessons with their peers. The afternoon focused on our Andromeda Cloud Platform. We provided a robust demo of the new software and Jockey took us through their journey with the new software and offered a look at how the over 100-year-old underwear manufacturer is approaching the Andromeda implementation.
On Wednesday evening, we set sail on the Ft. Lauderdale Intracoastal Waterway for a sunset cruise where we enjoyed dinner, drinks and even some dancing. The remainder of the conference programming was packed with detailed technical workshops and one-on-one sessions where customers were able to meet with key NGC experts.
We’d like to thank all our customers who were able to join us last week for Panorama, and we hope you all enjoyed your time in Ft. Lauderdale. See you at Panorama 2018!