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A Winning Team: GTM Sportswear Selects NGC for PLM and Supply Chain Management

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Team Sportswear Manufacturer Aims to Improve Customer Service, Maintain Its Rapid Growth

(MIAMI, FL – February 28, 2012) NGC® Software today announced that GTM Sportswear, a rapidly growing manufacturer of custom and embellished team sportswear, has selected NGC’s Extended PLM software for PLM and Supply Chain Management/Global Sourcing.

Headquartered in Manhattan, Kansas, GTM is an innovator in team sportswear, offering a high degree of customization and embellishments, including sequins, screen printing, sublimation printing, and other advanced techniques. The company sought new software to help manage its continued pace of growth, improve the company’s forecasting and materials planning capabilities, and streamline its design, production and quality control processes. GTM also wanted to eliminate out-of-stocks and ensure rapid turnaround of customer orders – key requirements for a company that backs its products with a 100 percent commitment to customer satisfaction.

After a rigorous selection process, GTM Sportswear selected NGC’s Extended PLM and material resource planning software, along with forecast management software from Demand Management, NGC’s sister company. NGC offered the most appropriate, apparel-specific product to meet GTM’s needs, as well as a deep understanding of apparel industry best practices.

NGC’s software will be essential to helping GTM realize benefits in a number of important areas:

More accurate forecasting and inventory management. With the new solutions, GTM Sportswear will be able to more accurately forecast demand and replenish its inventory, while managing the raw materials allocation for its team apparel products. GTM’s business depends on having the right blank merchandise in stock and available when customers need it, since GTM is committed to processing and delivering orders in less than 14 days, complete with embellishment and customization.

Improved raw materials management. NGC’s Extended PLM includes robust capabilities for raw materials purchasing and inventory management. Based on the forecast for finished goods, NGC’s system will determine the raw materials requirements and issue purchase orders to fulfill those requirements; the system then tracks the POs and ensures that the materials are received at multiple locations for production.

Better customer service. By aligning demand and inventory, GTM can reduce stockouts and further enhance the company’s reputation for customer service.  GTM has built its business on customer satisfaction, and NGC’s software will help the company continue to deliver a high level of service as it grows.

Streamlined quality management and CPSIA compliance. NGC’s Extended PLM software includes a Quality module that will help GTM more efficiently manage its quality control program, by streamlining the processes for supplier audits and analyzing quality trends for each of GTM’s suppliers. NGC’s software will also help GTM manage the process of requesting, tracking, approving and sending the General Certificate of Conformity (GCC) and Certificate of Compliance (COC) documents that are mandated by the CPSIA.

Scalable for Future Growth. GTM has maintained a track record of sustained, double-digit growth since the company was founded in 1989. With new systems and processes in place, GTM Sportswear can more easily manage its rapid growth, and the software will scale to accommodate future expansion.

“GTM has chosen to work with NGC in order to improve our supply chain execution,” said John Windham, vice president of sourcing for GTM Sportswear. “We think this collaboration will help us to progress in the areas of forecasting, demand planning, materials resource planning, PLM, and supply chain visibility. GTM continues to experience dynamic growth, and our mission to deliver world-class customer service is dependent on our ability to position our inventory to meet our customers’ needs. This software solution will allow us to continue that growth and provide scalable supply chain execution to service both an increase in volume and uninterrupted improvement in our customer service.”

“GTM Sportswear is a high-growth leader in team sportswear, and NGC is excited to be working with such a dynamic, innovative company,” said Mark Burstein, president of sales, marketing and R&D for NGC. “We look forward to a successful implementation.”

About GTM Sportswear®:  
GTM Sportswear®, headquartered in Manhattan, Kan., specializes in providing custom-embellished uniforms, warm-ups and practice apparel for college, school, and club sports teams nationwide. Founded in 1989, the company is a leader in cutting-edge embellishment processes. GTM designs and develops most of its products and carries an $18 million inventory, allowing quick turnaround for customers. The company employs more than 830 people, including a nationwide sales team and an inside support team. For more information, visit www.gtmsportswear.com .

About NGC
NGC Software is a leading provider of PLM, Supply Chain Management, ERP and Product Testing software and services for brands, retailers and consumer products companies. NGC solutions help increase profitability, reduce costs, improve speed to market and product quality, and manage compliance and testing. NGC has received top rankings by many leading industry analysts and has been recognized as a top 100 supply chain and logistics company by Inbound Logistics, SupplyChainBrain and Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

NGC customers include A|X Armani Exchange, Aeropostale, Billabong, Carter’s, Casual Male, Hugo Boss, Jos. A. Bank, Lakeshore Learning, Lululemon Athletica, Marchon Eyewear, Spanx, Swatfame, VF Corporation, and many others. NGC has offices in Miami, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Canada, China, India, Mexico, and El Salvador and is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Software Inc. (NASDAQ: AMSWA. For more information, visit www.ngcsoftware.com.

Demand Management is a wholly owned subsidiary of Logility, Inc., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Software. For more information, visit www.demandsolutions.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
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