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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!

PI Apparel Returns to NYC

Last year, PI Apparel made its mark on New York City and will return for the second year June 27-28. The two-day event brings together leading brands and retailers to “discover the technologies disrupting the fashion, apparel and footwear industry.” Last year’s event was inspiring, educational and well attended, and NGC is proud to sponsor PI Apparel for the second year in a row.

NGC’s customers are among the featured speakers at PI Apparel 2016. Sport Obermeyer will take the stage to discuss “Boosting Supply Chain Efficiencies with Modern Technology.” Gregory Bannister, COO, Sport Obermeyer, will speak about how the company modernized their legacy enterprise suite and how to choose the right technology partner for this undertaking.

Our long-time customer VF Corporation will also be present to discuss how they’ve established a culture of innovation among their 70,000 employees and 30 brands. Additional sessions will be offered on PLM, ERP, supply chain, planning and industry innovation.

PI Apparel 2016 will be held June 27-28, at New York’s Union League Club in Manhattan, at the corner of 37th Street and Park Avenue. For more details and to register, visit the conference website. And please contact us at if you’d like to schedule a meeting at the show.

We look forward to seeing you there. 

NGC Customer DXL Named Apparel “Top Innovator”

Every year Apparel Magazine ranks the “Top Innovators” in the industry, and NGC Software is honored to announce that DXL was selected this year. This year Apparel Magazine narrowed the playing field even further. The companies selected for this year’s honors represent the “best of the best” in apparel and fashion, and they are all are using technology in innovative ways to improve customer satisfaction and allow business operations to run more smoothly. We’re pleased that DXL Group was included in such elite company.

Here’s what Apparel had to say about DXL’s work with NGC:

One of DXL’s systems includes NGC’s PLM and Supply Chain Management (SCM). DXL rolled this out in 2013 to all cross-functional departments to break down silos, streamline line planning, and increase collaboration with new and existing suppliers. Doing so significantly reduced time spent in internal meetings to review product development and production workflow on spreadsheets. “Everyone has visibility to their WIP tracking, calendar, development process, approvals and other information on their own devices through the web portal,” said Angela Chan, senior vice president and chief sourcing officer for DXL.

DXL now communicates design and technical specs for approvals, color matches and revisions over the web. It also handles open bidding through the web, allowing the company to diversify its supplier base and replenishment strategies, producing identical garments in multiple countries, all to the same high quality.

With the ability to capture workflow information from the season start until goods are delivered to its [direct channel], the company also can better measure vendor performance. This centralizes reporting and improves accuracy. “Our on-time delivery, quality and compliance reached over 98 percent in 2015 versus 85 percent to 90 percent before we implemented PLM,” said Chan.

Additionally, knowing the exact status of design and production at all times gives DXL the ability to respond to the latest trends, push decision-making further downstream and quickly react to unforeseen events, she said.

— Jordan K. Speer


Download the full list of “Top Innovators,” here.

Part 2: Apparel Software Trends 2016: A Conversation with Mark Burstein and just-style

Previously, we looked at Mark Burstein’s first two responses to just-style’s Apparel Software Trends Management Briefing. The briefings focused on four topics that affect apparel and fashion producers: Tools to Tackle the Issues, Where to Focus Future Spend, What Else to Watch and Key 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.

JS: What else is likely to be topping the apparel industry’s technology agenda this year?

MB: Self-service Business Intelligence – “actionable intelligence” – can help companies react quickly to data and analytics. As Gartner notes in its Feb. 2016 Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics, the balance of power has shifted from IT to the business, and that is empowering apparel companies with a new generation of easy-to-use tools for insight and action. Rather than look at KPIs and weekly trends, apparel executives can gain real-time understanding and take immediate action. Given the speed at which the fashion industry moves today, these new tools can help companies take advantage of immediate opportunities and react quickly to problems and challenges.

Mobility continues to see new and innovative applications, too. Designers can snap photos of the latest fashions in a Paris window display and immediately share them via the PLM system with their design team in New York or LA, bringing fresh inspiration to collections in real-time. Companies are now using mobile devices for scanning and packing, quality inspection, factory inspections and a growing number of supply chain functions. There’s a tremendous amount of innovation in mobile technology, and it should be a part of every brand and retailer’s technology agenda.

JS: What are the biggest challenges facing the global apparel supply chain in 2016?

MB: Business silos in the apparel supply chain are a big barrier to operational performance and profitability. It’s an omnichannel world, yet retailers and brands have made surprisingly little progress in connecting the silos of information in their organization. A recent study by Pricewaterhouse Coopers found that only 18 percent of the world’s leading companies have removed operational silos in their organization. Not surprisingly, those companies are significantly more profitable and competitive than the rest.

As the report noted, “companies that want to successfully compete with these leaders…must not only remove the business silos that prevent seamless operations, but also rapidly increase their investments in omnichannel capabilities before they fall further behind the omnichannel leaders. These actions will define retail winners and losers going forward.”

Real-time visibility across apparel supply chains is a big part of this. By removing the silos in their organizations, retailers and brands can help ensure that development and production deadlines are met and products arrive on time – ensuring they have the right products to meet customer demand in every channel. They can also ensure that products comply with all governmental and social regulations, are produced under safe working conditions, and meet or exceed quality standards. You can’t do this with siloed operations.

Part 1: Apparel Software Trends 2016: 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, Where to Focus Future Spend, What Else to Watch and Key Supply Chain Challenges.

NGC’s 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.

We’re excited to share Mark’s thoughts on these topics.

just-style (JS): Software can help tackle some of the challenges facing apparel supply chains by providing full end-to-end visibility across all channels, using data to drive better decision-making, and boosting collaboration with suppliers.

Mark Burstein (MB): The latest generation of fashion PLM and Supply Chain Management (SCM) systems break down enterprise barriers by connecting the data and systems in an organization to drive better decision-making. It’s what we call “PLM 3.0”; it includes integrated PLM and SCM, but there’s so much more to it than that. It takes PLM beyond its traditional role, turning PLM into an enterprise platform that shares data among key stakeholders in every department of a company, as well as third parties such as vendors, suppliers, product testing labs, logistics providers and more.

PLM 3.0 serves as an enterprise hub for the entire product lifecycle, pulling in information from systems including:

  • Forecasting and Planning
  • Development
  • Sourcing and Supply Chain Management
  • Compliance
  • Production
  • Quality
  • Logistics
  • Finance
  • Sales
  • Social

PLM 3.0 takes information from all these systems and data sources, shares and analyzes it, and executes decisions based on the results. Every stakeholder shares in the information, which is important, since issues in one part of the organization have ripple effects upstream or downstream.

This represents a big step forward. Today, issues that happen in production aren’t shared in a timely manner with decision-makers upstream, where problems can be quickly resolved. Companies must improve across all areas of concept to adoption, and PLM 3.0 is essential for this.

JS: Where should apparel firms be focusing their software investments now if they want to remain competitive into the future? Read on »

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