SOURCE: ecVision, Inc.

ecVision, Inc.

May 09, 2011 08:45 ET

ecVision Launches Online Community for Retailers, Manufacturers and Suppliers

Networking and Education Are Goals for Software Leader

ISELIN, NJ--(Marketwire - May 9, 2011) - After a winning holiday season, retailers are struggling again as raw material costs and transportation prices climb, and political shifts are putting supply chains at risk. The best way to insulate against the impending shelf price jumps is to be educated about best practices and technology solutions that will help ease the pain. ecVision, a leading supply chain collaboration technology solution provider, launched a series of social networking and educational portals to create a world-class community for retailers, manufacturers, suppliers and service providers in need of maintaining the price margins without hitting consumers' wallets.

The initiatives recently launched by ecVision include the following:

  • Twitter: 'Tuesday Tweets' provide regular updates about current issues facing the retail industry. Follow ecVision and our tweets at twitter.com/#!/ecVision_US.

  • Facebook: Facebook members can find links to events and other ecVision activities at http://www.facebook.com/#!/SupplyChainCollaboration.

  • ecVision Blog: Through more casual conversations and interactive dialogue, the 'Retail Supply Chain Solutions' blog hosted at retailsupplychainsolutions.blogspot.com is a great forum for information exchange between others in the industry.

  • 'My Resource Library' on ecVision.com: Realizing that access to information that can be shared across organizations is important, the new capabilities on ecVision's web site provide a personalized storage area from registered visitors. A history of all previous downloads from the site is maintained in a private area called 'My Resource Library.' Returning users can access a collection of whitepapers, videos and case studies by logging into their private area.

  • Media Outlets: ecVision's exclusive area on Apparel Magazine's site (www.apparelmag.com) gives visitors access to entire series of podcasts and whitepapers focusing on timely subjects and providing solutions. Also, at www.supplychainbrain.com, ecVision's Specialist Channel is a dynamic resource for supply chain management information. "In addition to providing complete coverage of all fundamental supply chain principles, SupplyChainBrain identifies emerging trends, strategies and best practices, forward-thinking ideas, cutting-edge solutions and the latest innovations -- and continues to write and report on these as they evolve and mature," says Brad Berger, president and publisher of SupplyChainBrain. "Through our magazine, blog, webinars, newsletters, video casts and web site we register over 30 million views annually. Having ecVision partner with us is another avenue to connect their community with ours."

"Our community building activities focus on direct knowledge transfer or by facilitating interaction among visitors to form relationships based on common interests," says Gary Barraco, director of Product Marketing for ecVision. "Free access to subject matter experts, either within the company or across the user community enables retail companies to achieve measurable results from supply chain methodology and systems. Armed with the information to make important changes to business processes based on tried and true experience, every retail-focused organization can face the challenges in the industry."

About ecVision
ecVision provides supply chain collaboration solutions that connect private label brands, manufacturers and retailers with their trading partner community. The ecVision® B2B Portal provides visibility and facilitates collaboration across the total product lifecycle from design to delivery. The cloud-based platform helps best-in-class retailers streamline their global sourcing operations resulting in improved speed to market, minimized supplier risk, and higher margins.

Headquartered in New Jersey, ecVision has offices in Hong Kong and China, in addition to a partner network in 15 countries providing local support. ecVision has connected over 15,000 factories around the world with leading brands and retailers like Li & Fung, Coach, Phillips-Van Heusen, New Balance, Timberland, Abercrombie & Fitch and others.