April 2014 Entries



Apparel Software Trends 2014: Ethical Sourcing and Compliance Are Among Top Supply Chain Issues

Part 2 of a 2-Part Series

In our previous blog post, we shared answers from the first two sections of the annual Just-Style management briefing on Apparel Software Trends. NGC’s Mark Burstein, president of sales, marketing and R&D, was interviewed, along with other leading fashion technology executives, and we wanted to share Mark’s responses here, along with links to articles in Just-Style’s four-part series.


Just-Style: Where should apparel firms be focusing their investments now if they want to remain competitive into the future?

Burstein: The key to competitiveness is synchronizing the global fashion enterprise. In order to do this, apparel firms should focus their investments on solutions that integrate PLM, Global Sourcing and Supply Chain Management into a single, seamless system.

These systems should encompass not only product design and development, but all the phases of SCM as well, including WIP tracking, vendor collaboration and management, materials management, quality and logistics, and much more. This should integrate with other enterprise systems as well, including ERP, to synchronize everything (and everyone) that is involved, from the initial design until the products are available on the retail floor.

The benefits of doing this can directly impact the bottom line. One apparel company implemented an integrated PLM, Supply Chain Management and ERP system last year, along with a new warehouse management system, and saw a 9% increase in gross profit in the first year; they expect to see another 7% increase this year, as they implement additional features in the systems. This company viewed integration of all its business systems as a top priority, and chose a solution that fully integrated PLM with SCM and ERP. It’s an excellent example of why enterprise synchronization is so critical for apparel companies.

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Just-Style: What else do you believe should be topping the industry's technology agenda this year? Read on »



Apparel Software Trends 2014: Ethical Sourcing and Compliance Are Among Top Supply Chain Issues

Part 1 of a 2-Part Series

The annual Just-Style management briefing on Apparel Software Trends is one of our favorite fashion technology reports, because it features the collective thinking of some of the industry’s top fashion technology executives. It provides an excellent summary of the key technology and supply chain challenges and opportunities facing the industry and how these change each year.

NGC was honored to be included in this year’s report. And in case you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, here are the answers from NGC’s Mark Burstein, president of sales, marketing and R&D.  We’re presenting these as a two-part series, along with links to each of the articles in Just-Style’s four-part series.


Just-Style: What do you see as the biggest challenges facing the global apparel supply chain in 2014, and why?

Burstein: Global fashion supply chains continue to be focused on the traditional issues of reducing product development time and improving speed to market; faster time to market is still the #1 benefit that companies hope to gain from their PLM and SCM investments.

Beyond this, though, we see several key challenges facing global apparel supply chains today. These include ethical sourcing and social compliance, as well as meeting the burdens of a growing number of government requirements such as CPSIA, SB657, Dodd-Frank and many others. Read on »


 
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