(MIAMI, APRIL 01, 2009) NGC ® (New Generation Computing®) today announced the release of its CPSIA Compliance Software, which is designed to streamline all testing processes and ease the burden of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).
The CPSIA software allows retailers and manufacturers to easily 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. In addition, NGC’s software allows companies to manage the dozens of third-party lab tests that are required for apparel design and production.
The CPSIA sent shockwaves through the retail and apparel industry when it took effect on February 10, 2009. Already reeling from the devastating economy, retailers and manufacturers must now comply with dozens of labor-intensive testing regulations – a majority of which call for measuring lead and phthalate content in finished products and their components. With these mandatory testing requirements, retailers and manufacturers are “guilty until proven innocent,” as they can face huge fines for failing to provide General Certificates of Conformity and Certificates of Compliance stating that products are CPSIA compliant.
The impact of the CPSIA can be devastating – but help is finally available. Retailers and manufacturers can now take a proactive approach with NGC’s CPSIA Compliance software, which is designed to help at every step of the testing process. NGC is the first apparel-specific software company to offer a solution tailored specifically for managing CPSIA compliance, with features that include:
– Enabling manufacturers and retailers to streamline the process of requesting, tracking, approving and sending General Certificates of Conformity and Certificates of Compliance – all at the click of a button
– Providing comprehensive visibility into the compliance and testing process so that responsible parties will be able to view the status of tests and documentation at any time
– Streamlining the entire testing process, including the dozens of third-party lab tests that brands and retailers typically perform on styles, components and materials.
NGC’s CPSIA Compliance software is a web-based solution that includes a complete set of management features such as workflow calendars, collaboration, exception management, and email alerts. It is available as a standalone software product and can also be used with NGC’s e-PLM® for Product Lifecycle Management and e-SPS® for global sourcing and visibility.
“NGC understands the complex challenges created by the CPSIA and is proud to be the pioneer in developing solutions to help our customers take a proactive role in CPSIA compliance,” said Alan Brooks, president, NGC. “Our CPSIA Compliance software streamlines the entire testing process, which will ease the burden of meeting these regulations and save our customers valuable time and resources – a benefit that is more important than ever in today’s turbulent economy.”
NGC’s CPSIA Compliance Software is available immediately.
About New Generation Computing
NGC delivers fast, proven ROI. Every day, the industry’s best brands and retailers increase gross margins, reduce the cost of goods sold, and improve speed to market and product quality with NGC software.
NGC’s SQL Series is a comprehensive suite of integrated, end-to-end solutions for PLM (e-PLM®), Global Sourcing (e-SPS®) and ERP (RedHorse®). NGC received the highest possible ranking in a leading analyst firm’s 2008 report on PLM for apparel and footwear and was recognized as a top 100 supply chain and logistics company in 2008 by both Inbound Logistics and Global Logistics & Supply Chain Strategies. It’s no wonder that VF Corporation®, A|X Armani Exchange®, Carter’s®, Casual Male Retail Group®, Maggy London, R.G. Barry, Hugo Boss®, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Isda & Co., Tristan & America®, Parigi Group and many other leading companies rely on NGC.
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 www.ngcsoftware.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to substantial risks and uncertainties. There are a number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by statements made herein. These factors include, but are not limited to, changes in general economic conditions, technology and the market for the Company’s products and services, including economic conditions within the e-commerce markets; the timely availability and market acceptance of these products and services; the Company’s ability to satisfy in a timely manner all SEC required filings and the requirements of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the rules and regulations adopted under that Section; the challenges and risks associated with integration of acquired product lines and companies; the effect of competitive products and pricing; the uncertainty of the viability and effectiveness of strategic alliances; and the irregular pattern of the Company’s revenues. For further information about risks the Company could experience as well as other information, please refer to the Company’s Form 10-K for the year ended April 30, 2008 and other reports and documents subsequently filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. For more information, contact: Vincent C. Klinges, Chief Financial Officer, American Software, Inc., (404) 264-5477 or fax: (404) 237-8868.