Monday, January 28, 2008

R.G. Barry Selects NGC’s e-SPS® Software for Global Sourcing and Visibility

e-SPS Will Allow Rapidly Growing Footwear Company to Reduce Lead Times, Improve Speed to Market and Increase Business Agility

NGC® (New Generation Computing®) today announced that R.G. Barry Corporation (Amex: DFZ) has selected NGC’s e-SPS as its strategic software platform to manage overseas suppliers and trading partners. R. G. Barry, “the Dearfoams® company,” is one of the world’s leading developers and marketers of accessory footwear.

R.G. Barry has recently undergone a highly successful business turnaround that included a transition from captive manufacturing to a flexible business and sourcing model. As a result, the company sought a global sourcing solution that would work seamlessly between its domestic and international operations. “We looked for a solution that would provide visibility and drive new efficiencies throughout the entire manufacturing process,” said Glenn Evans, SVP of Sourcing and Logistics, R.G. Barry.

After reviewing software from a number of vendors, R.G. Barry selected e-SPS, an industry-leading, web-based global sourcing application that provides real-time visibility and enhanced collaboration throughout the product lifecycle. “e-SPS will be a key technology to help R.G. Barry improve our inventory turns, reduce lead times and increase speed to market,” Evans said.

e-SPS will also enhance R.G. Barry’s communications with overseas suppliers. “The fact that e-SPS is web-based was very important to us,” said David Lindstrom, Director of Information Technology, R.G. Barry. “Today, most of our communication with overseas partners and suppliers is done via email. e-SPS provides a single global portal that will allow us to centralize communications in a single place and tie all communications to specific purchase orders.”

Other benefits of e-SPS for R.G. Barry include:

- Improved customer service. By streamlining global sourcing and reducing product lead times, e-SPS will enable R.G. Barry to respond faster to customer trends and provide new styles efficiently and cost-effectively.

- Increased business agility. e-SPS will support R.G. Barry’s growth objectives by enabling the footwear manufacturer to add more licensed brands and manage a rapidly increasing number of suppliers.

- Integration with R.G. Barry’s existing supply chain software. e-SPS can be easily integrated with supply chain software from Logility and American Software, NGC’s parent company. “We already have these solutions in place, and NGC’s understanding of these systems and how to integrate with them was very important to us,” Lindstrom said.

“R.G. Barry has dramatically transformed their business in recent years, and NGC is pleased that the company selected us to provide solutions that will help them improve supply chain efficiency, while supporting continued expansion,” said Alan Brooks, president, NGC. “We look forward to a successful implementation and welcome R.G. Barry to NGC’s rapidly growing customer base of industry-leading fashion, apparel, footwear and retail companies.”

About New Generation Computing

NGC® is a leading Fashion, Apparel, Footwear and Retail software company. NGC's SQL Series is a comprehensive suite of “end-to-end” solutions for PLM (e-PLM), Global Sourcing (e-SPS®) and ERP (RedHorse®). The SQL Series provides real-time visibility to product information, accelerates speed to market, and enables quality control throughout the supply chain to help deliver superior products. NGC customers include leading brands and retailers such as VF Corporation®, AX Armani Exchange®, Carter’s®, Casual Male Retail Group®, Maggy London, Goody’s Family Clothing, Hugo Boss®, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Isda & Co., Tristan & America®, Axis®, Wilson’s Leather®, and many others. NGC has offices in Miami, New York, Los Angeles, China, India, Mexico and El Salvador and is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Software Inc. (NASDAQ: AMSWA). For more information, visit

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New Generation Computing

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