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Sourcing Journal Founder Edward Hertzman to Focus on Industry Disruption at Panorama 2017

The retail and apparel industries are experiencing the biggest changes in decades, and Sourcing Journal founder Edward Hertzman will share his observations as our keynote speaker for NGC Panorama, May 17. Eddie’s keynote, “A Candid Look at the Shifting Landscapes of Retail, Apparel, Trade and Global Sourcing,” will focus on the industry disruptions and rapid changes that are affecting our industry.
In just a few short years, Sourcing Journal has grown to become one of the apparel industry’s most influential publications, and Eddie is a sought-after speaker and industry expert. Eddie’s keynote session is a “can’t miss” that will set the tone for Panorama 2017, as we explore new technologies and best practices that can help NGC customers thrive in a time of unprecedented change.
Our agenda is filled with customer-led panels covering topics ranging from “The State of the Apparel Industry” to “Implementation Challenges and Successes.” No matter what NGC solutions you’re interested in, you’ll find product workshops on a range of topics: PLM, SCM, Quality Control, Vendor Management, ERP, BI, and Shop Floor Control. You’ll learn about all the exciting breakthroughs in our new Andromeda Cloud Platform, too, and we’ll share our product and technology roadmap.
As a reminder, Early Bird Registration ends March 15, so sign up soon and save. Our hotel block closes on April 10, so book today for the best rates!

Apparel Features Sport Obermeyer’s Partnership with NGC

As we are all too well aware, the apparel industry is rapidly evolving, with many companies being threatened or left behind if they don’t adapt. Recently Apparel Magazine featured Sport Obermeyer’s quick adaptation to the changing times and how the company has maintained its leadership in specialty ski apparel in the midst of strong competition from eCommerce giants and big box retailers.

To modernize its business operations, Sport Obermeyer implemented NGC’s Global Enterprise Suite (GES) that includes fashion PLM, SCM and ERP. NGC’s solutions have enabled Sport Obermeyer to accelerate design and production and actively track the location of products, in transit and at the factory. By implementing our GES platform, Sport Obermeyer has streamlined design and development processes, increased collaboration across the entire business, and improved profitability.

Greg Bannister, COO of Sport Obermeyer, discussed how they’re using the software to communicate with their factories overseas.

"We're actually writing POs, and they're acknowledging them through our system,” he said. “We can track them from when they get fabric to when they start to cut and sew. We have a better idea of what's going on with factories overseas."

Read more about Sport Obermeyer’s NGC implementation and how they’re continuing to look toward the future in the full article, here.

Women on the Move: NGC Customers Receive Top Industry Honors

NGC customers Angela Chan of DXL Group, Janet Sherlock of Carter’s and Natalie Meurer of Legendary Whitetails recently received recognition for outstanding leadership in the retail and apparel industries. 

RIS News recognized Chan, Chief Sourcing Officer and SVP, DXL Group, in its Top Women in Retail Tech feature earlier this month. The article cites Chan’s implementation of NGC’s PLM software as one of her crowning achievements so far at DXL. 

“Before I came into my current role, DXL had previously implemented NGC Software’s PLM, but unfortunately the solution wasn’t adopted properly and we had to go back to square one,” Chan says. “I fought to re-implement the solution, retraining the team on the software and our sourcing practices. Not only was it a big tech project to undertake, but it really brought together the entire company as we worked together to overcome the challenges from the first implementation. Now that we have achieved implementation, we have become incredibly efficient.”

Sherlock, Carter’s CIO and chairman of the National Retail Federation’s CIO Council, was also recognized in the “Top Women in Retail Tech” article. Sherlock and her team were cited for their work in delivering on the retailer’s omnichannel promise. 

Apparel Magazine named Meurer, Product Development Supervisor at Legendary Whitetails, as one of its “Top 30 Under 30” in its December 2016 issue. The article notes that Meurer has taken a leading role as the company works to speed up production processes. According to Apparel, “She has taken the initiative…not only in pulling the technologies together [but] taking on the role of cheerleader
for the company’s relatively new PLM system from NGC, which Meurer says has been instrumental in giving multiple departments one set of data to work…”  Legendary Whitetails art director Tom Bennett said of Meuer, “Her leadership and determination are nearly remarkable for her age.”

Congratulations to each of these deserving winners!

Panorama 2017: Book your hotel today and save!

The holiday season is upon us, which means NGC’s Panorama User Conference is getting closer than ever. Keep in mind that our early bird rates for Panorama are only available through Mar. 15. Please register soon for substantial savings.

While you’re making your plans to attend Panorama 2017, we wanted to be sure to remind you to register for your hotel before the deadline of April 17 to receive the room block rate. The beautiful, oceanfront Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale will be hosting us again for Panorama 2017. When you book with the group code before April 17, you’ll save over 50% on your stay! You can book your hotel rooms here.

This promises to be the most informative and engaging Panorama yet. Our keynote speaker, Edward Hertzman, CEO and founder of Hertzman Media Group, will kick off the conference on Wednesday. Edward is a world-class expert in apparel manufacturing and global sourcing, and we’re delighted that he will be with us during Panorama. We’re busy developing the full agenda, including a client appreciation dinner cruise on Wednesday evening. Find the latest details, including session topics and speaker line-up, here.

We look forward to seeing you in Fort Lauderdale in May!

Carter’s Named One of 2016’s “Supply Chains to Admire” by Supply Chain Insights

For the third year, an independent supply chain research and advisory firm, Supply Chain Insights, named the “Supply Chains to Admire” and we’re proud to announce that NGC customer Carter’s was named a winner in the retail category. VF Corporation was also named a finalist in the same category.

NGC and Carter’s have worked together for over a decade, and Carter’s relies on NGC’s Supply Chain Management software for a wide range of supply chain and logistics management capabilities. For example, Carter’s recently turned to NGC to provide new solutions for vendor management, including Vendor Payment Automation, as detailed in this case study.

The winners were selected based on an analysis of financial balance sheets and income statements from 2009-2015. Winners met the criteria of improvement, value and performance when compared to industry peers. The winners represent only 5% of the total companies analyzed in the research. Carter’s was named the winner among the apparel finalists featured in the retail group.

A number of the winners will share insights on driving supply chain excellence at the 2016 Supply Chain Insights Global Summit, Sept. 7-9, in Scottsdale, Ariz.

For more information on the “2016 Supply Chains to Admire,” check out the complete report, here

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