Shapewear Designer SPANX Implements NGC's PLM and Global Sourcing Software

— October 05, 2010

NGC (New Generation Computing) recently announced that shapewear innovator SPANX has begun implementation of NGC's e-PLM and e-SPS software for PLM and global sourcing.

NGC reports its software is helping SPANX increase speed to market and improve organization, collaboration and communication between designers, factories and employees.

SPANX was formed 10 years ago by inspired consumer-turned-entrepreneur Sara Blakely "to give women of every shape and size the ability to feel confident and sexy in any fashion." The company's products are sold throughout the retail and boutique world.

Prior to e-PLM and e-SPS, SPANX managed the company's product design and factory collaboration with manual processes. "We ran the business on spreadsheets, as it typical with young companies," said Robert Hunnicutt, technology project manager, SPANX.

"But with our rapid growth, it became harder to manage information and the flow of data. Our product line was growing tremendously, we added more staff, and the number of factories tripled within 12 months. We couldn't keep running our business on spreadsheets."

SPANX set out to find a PLM system that could help them efficiently manage not only product design but also purchase orders, production and shipping.

The company selected NGC after an intensive search process. "We needed a system to help speed up development, from concept to production. And when we found out that NGC offered integrated PLM and global sourcing, the choice was obvious," said Hunnicutt.
The companies report that SPANX is already seeing the impact of its software in its day-to-day operations, with benefits that include, steamlined product development, enhanced communication and collaboration with factories and faster speed to market.

In addition, the PLM implementation has "forced us to look at our design processes," Hunnicutt said. "We've streamlined the flow of information and become more structured, which is allowing us to speed up the design process."

"NGC is pleased that SPANX is already realizing significant benefits from e-PLM and e-SPS," said Mark Burstein, president of sales and marketing, NGC. "We look forward to continuing to work with SPANX on the implementation and to helping them take advantage of the many benefits of a combined PLM and global sourcing system."

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