September 2014 Entries

Spring 2015 Ready to Wear Fashion

We’re on the tail end of the Spring 2015 Ready to Wear fashion weeks with New York, London and Milan behind us and Paris wrapping up this week. For the upcoming season, we’re seeing a lot of florals and bright colors (as to be expected for spring collections), some 70s throwbacks and a tribute to Barbie’s iconic style by Moschino.

While the couture shows are beautiful, imaginative and innovative, the ready to wear shows are creative, yet slightly more practical. These are the pieces you and I will be able to pick up at Bergdorf’s, Neiman Marcus and Saks, if the paycheck allows. The shows give us a taste of what’s to come next spring—the trends, the colors, the cuts. What if the taste is a sour one?

Media and public perception of a line that takes months to design and manufacture can make or break a collection in a matter of days. Solutions, like NGC’s fashion PLM, SCM and ERP, connect designers and factories at all points of the design and production process, providing immediate and transparent instructions to change a hemline or button based on buyers’ orders and feedback – an invaluable tool in the fast-paced world of fashion. These solutions bring factories and design houses real-time updates of all stages of the design and production process, reducing turn-around time, maintaining the brand's high quality standards, and ensuring close collaboration between its design team and global supply chain.

NGC’s solutions prevent fashion houses and factories from losing countless hours and dollars by providing them with transparency and access to minute details throughout production process. In a world where buttons, seams and immediate feedback can make all the difference in a successful style season or not, designers and manufacturers can strut their stuff if they invest in a stable PLM, SCM and ERP solution. 

Sport Obermeyer increases ROI with NGC Software

Today’s blog highlights Aspen-based skiwear company Sport Obermeyer who selected NGC’s Global Enterprise Suite (GES), a fully integrated suite with best-of-breed solutions for fashion ERP, SCM and PLM, to transition the 65-year-old apparel brand from manual processes and systems into full digital integration.

Sport Obermeyer chose NGC’s GES for its fully integrated platforms for all facets of the enterprise, user-friendly tools, third-party compatibility and information sharing abilities, as well as NGC’s 32 years of experience in apparel manufacturing.

From selection to implementation and on through execution and support, NGC works very closely with Sport Obermeyer. The skiwear company benefited from a four-month transition and training period, a valuable service addition that can make a world of difference in program ramp up efficiency.

NGC’s GES system streamlined factory collaboration, sped up time-to-market, improved workflow, enhanced reporting capabilities and allowed for more creative and effective product design.

Sport Obermeyer’s ROI was reduced from 30 months to 21 months, a 31 percent internal rate of return. Through the GES platform, more accurate information is gathered from design to development, increasing profitability by considerable measures. Since the system’s implementation in 2013, Sport Obermeyer has seen its gross margin increase by 14 percent.

“We feel we can double or quadruple the size of our company with the same manpower with NGC’s software, because it allows us to get more productivity out of our current employees. This alone gives us a boost in profit and revenue,” said Greg Bannister, Chief Operating Officer Sport Obermeyer.

A case study detailing Sport Obermeyer’s development and implementation of GES can be found here.

NGC at Apparel Executive Forum

NGC is proud to once again sponsor the Apparel Executive Forum, this year in sunny Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, September 29-October 1. This year’s forum promises to provide one-of-a-kind opportunities for networking, development and idea exchanges.

This year’s theme, “Wowing Consumers with World-Class Products & Processes,” is a central focus for everything NGC does for and with our customers. We are committed to providing our customers with first-class products that help them streamline business processes and produce great products

An attendee said of the conference, “The content is unique, and the atmosphere is ideal for networking and learning new industry-specific approaches to issues both common and complex in an intimate setting, with just the right amount of depth to learn whether there's something to pursue immediately or to file away for later.”

We’ll have our industry experts: Mark Burstein and Roger Mayerson on hand to discuss our full line of PLM, SCM and ERP solutions, including NGC's new SaaS-based NGC ERP Xpress and how these systems can provide benefits to apparel companies.  We’re also looking forward to the Speed Networking Sessions where we will be discussing important topics such as:

  • ERP Advances
  • Global Sourcing Patterns
  • Managing Global Compliance
  • Supply Chain Visibility & Traceability
  • What's Next in PLM
  • Apparel Manufacturing Systems 

Be sure to stop by and discuss your ideas with us! Visit to learn more about the conference and speakers or contact us to meet with one of our experts. 

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