June 2015 Entries

NGC Takes Home Inbound Logistics Top 100 Logistics IT Provider for Seventh Year

The 2015 awards season in Hollywood may be over but at the NGC headquarters in Miami, it’s in full swing. NGC and our customers are taking home quite a few awards and honors this season. Recently, Inbound Logistics recognized NGC as one of Top 100 Logistics IT Providers for the seventh time.

Every April, Inbound Logistics selects 100 logistics IT companies that support and enable logistics excellence. Drawn from a pool of more than 300 companies, using questionnaires, personal interviews, and other research, each year Inbound Logistics selects the Top 100 Logistics IT Providers who are leading the way and achieving customer success.

Editors seek to match readers' fast-changing needs to the capabilities of those companies selected. From the pool of more than 300 companies, Inbound Logistics editors looked at achievement in optimizing transportation and logistics operations to select the 2015 Top 100 Logistics IT Providers. Looking at documented customer case studies and success, editors make their decisions based on how transformative solutions impact outward-facing business activities driving integration across internal, as well as external, business processes.

The companies selected achieve leadership by meeting Inbound Logistics readers' needs for scalability, simplicity, fast ROI, and ease of implementation. The editors selected NGC because our solutions solve specific logistics challenges and improve processes, while creating a ripple effect of efficiencies across the entire value chain.

NGC and our fellow recipients serve Fortune 1000 companies, as well as small and medium-sized businesses. NGC is proud to be honored among our peers for innovative solutions empowering logistics and supply chain excellence in 2015.

To view the full list of 2015 Top 100 Logistics IT Providers, visit the Inbound Logistics website.

NGC Customer JustFab Receives Apparel’s “2015 Top Innovators” Honor

Every May, Apparel honors leading apparel retailers, brands and manufacturers, along with their strategic partners, for their technology innovations. Past honorees have included the likes of SPANX, Sport Obermeyer, Evy of California and Fashion Avenue Sweater Knits.

We are thrilled to announce that NGC customer JustFab has joined these ranks as an Apparel “2015 Top Innovator.” This year, JustFab was selected, along with 35 others, for its implementation of NGC’s PLM software. Since its 2010 founding, JustFab and its family of brands have experienced rapid growth and the NGC PLM software deployment has allowed the apparel company to continue its leadership in ultra-fast fashion and superior customer service.

JustFab relies on NGC to bring a new level of service and options to customers on the front end, all by streamlining and enhancing work flows and operations on the back end. In order to deliver this fast fashion, high-quality experience to shoppers, JustFab uses NGC’s PLM software to maximize productivity and streamline design and production.

JustFab and the other innovators will be honored in September at Apparel’s 15th Annual Apparel Executive Forum,

Please find the text of the JustFab feature below or on page 30 of the full-length Apparel “2015 Top Innovation” issue.  

By Jessica Binns

Since its launch in 2010, e-commerce darling JustFab has been on the forefront on many of today’s biggest retail trends: the convenience of online shopping, the addiction of fast fashion, the desire for a personalized, curated experience, the subscription business model. Through a series of acquisitions, JustFab Inc. now includes Fabletics, FabKids and ShoeDazzle, with 3 million VIP members signed up to receive a shiny new item — whether shoes, clothing or accessories — from their unique boutique each month for a flat fee of $39.95 (shipping’s on the house for orders of more than $39). Read on »

NGC, PI Apparel 2015 Take the Big Apple

Today’s technology brings unlimited possibilities to the apparel industry. In its short existence, PI Apparel has gained credibility in the industry by recognizing this opportunity. The two-day event brings together the apparel industry to discuss streamlining and improving the product lifecycle with the use of technology.

NGC is proud to sponsor the event, now in it’s third year. At next week’s conference, held in New York for the first time this year, attendees will have the opportunity to demo the NGC Extended PLM System which integrates fashion PLM and Supply Chain Management (SCM) into a single platform.

In addition, NGC customer Austin Mallis, vice president of operations for Fashion Avenue Sweater Knits, will be speaking at the conference. During Austin’s session, “Creating a PLM-centered Organization,” he will discuss how he led the garment company into the digital age by streamlining departmental workflows, creating a deployment plan, and rolling out NGC’s fashion PLM and supply chain management (SCM) solution. His discussion will focus on how complex product system architectures can support the demands of fast fashion.

Additional sessions will be offered on PLM, supply chain, planning and industry innovation.

PI Apparel 2015 will be held next week, June 23 and 24, at New York’s Union League Club in Manhattan, at the corner of 37th Street and Park Avenue. There’s still time to join in on the excitement! For more details and to register, visit the conference website.

We hope to see you there!

Supply Chain Trends 2015: A Conversation with Mark Burstein and just-style

Previously we looked at Mark Burstein’s responses in just-style’s Apparel Software Trends Management Briefing. This year it focused on four topics that affect apparel and fashion producers: Tools to Tackle the Issues, Future Investment Focus, What Else to Watch and Supply Chain Challenges.

In this second installment of a two-part blog series, Mark shares his thoughts on the final two topics from just-style.

just-style: What else is likely to be topping the apparel industry’s technology agenda this year? Tools that can introduce innovation into the product lifecycle - such as social connectivity, product personalization and 2D/3D CAD and 3D printing - are all coming to the fore. Cloud-enabled technology and PLM are also high on the agenda for many fashion and apparel companies, as are data security, visibility into factory and environmental issues, and the rise in reshoring.

Mark Burstein: We’re seeing a resurgence of interest in domestic manufacturing in the US with the ‘Made in USA’ movement. More than 97% of apparel sold in the US is manufactured overseas, and that’s not going to change. However, domestic production is gaining traction, especially in California, due to higher Chinese labor costs, long lead times for overseas production, the rise of fast fashion, and changes in consumer preferences.

In order to be successful in domestic production, though, companies must have visibility from design all the way through the manufacturing process. For example, styles and production needs can change at any time, so immediate visibility to raw material and production status are required to help companies make the right decisions. This information must be visible to everyone in the supply chain that is impacted by a change. After all, when a customer wants a change, you can’t afford to waste time getting answers – otherwise, the fabric may be cut, sewing is in progress, and it will be too late. Read on »

Supply Chain Trends 2015: A Conversation with Mark Burstein and just-style

Once again just-style has published its Apparel Software Trends Management Briefing, and this year it focused on four topics that affect apparel and fashion producers: Tools to Tackle the Issues, Future Investment Focus, What Else to Watch and Supply Chain Challenges.

Our own Mark Burstein was featured in this series as a leader in the apparel industry. The series provides an excellent summary of the key technology and supply chain challenges and opportunities facing the industry in the next 12 months.

In the first installment of a two-part blog series, we will share Mark’s thoughts on these topics.

just-style: One of the key ways in which software can help tackle apparel supply chain issues is by providing visibility into the process and intelligence to track and manage inventory – enabling stakeholders to focus on the product and meet volatile demand across channels. Systems can also help companies be prepared for everything from new opportunities to unexpected events.

Mark Burstein: PLM can play a critical role. Across the industry, we are seeing strong support for the idea that PLM should serve as the central repository to orchestrate all information, processes, systems, departments and geographies within the fashion enterprise. This concept, which the industry refers to as “PLM-as-a- Platform,” is being embraced by technology analysts and fashion companies alike. With PLM-as-a-Platform, PLM becomes the core platform in all phases of the product lifecycle.

The information that resides in PLM can come from within the PLM system as well as other enterprise applications. We believe that PLM should integrate information from a host of enterprise systems, such as Planning and Forecasting systems, ERP, Supply Chain Management, Logistics, and other systems, depending on each organization’s needs. PLM isn’t a fixed, static set of processes; it continues to expand into additional areas in product design and manufacturing – everything that is involved in bringing products to market.

More than any other enterprise solution, PLM has the ability to unify information and break down the silos that typically existing in product design and manufacturing. That’s why the notion of PLM-as-a-Platform is a hot topic in the industry right now. Read on »

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