SOURCE: ecVision, Inc.

Supply Chain Collaboration Solutions

January 25, 2011 11:06 ET

ecVision's B2B Supply Chain Collaboration Capabilities Focus on Suppliers

ISELIN, NJ--(Marketwire - January 25, 2011) -  Retailers are heaving a sigh of relief after the 2010 holiday shopping season ended on an upbeat note, but optimism still looms as costs are still higher than average for material, labor and transportation -- the three main tenets for meeting price margins. The best course of action is to introduce collaborative practices throughout the entire supply channel, starting with supplier community. With its enhanced technology platform for B2B collaboration, ecVision is making it simple for retailers to keep the momentum rolling and gain the competitive edge. 

As a leading provider of supply chain collaboration solutions for private label brands and retailers for the last 12 years, ecVision's customers have seen results through collaboration and visibility tools -- some realizing measurable margin growth. "The concept of Collaborative Planning, Forecasting and Replenishment (CPFR), with its roots dating back nearly 20 years to the retail giant Wal-Mart, is the basis of our advanced solutions for 2011," says Gary Barraco, director of product marketing for ecVision. "Supply chain complexity and globalization is forcing retailers to work more closely with suppliers to maintain competitive advantage. Supplier relationships need to be built on joint communication flow and mutual benefit to all parties."

ecVision's B2B Portal differentiates from other supply chain products in two primary ways; first by focusing on collaboration during product design and development, a strategy outside of the norm for typical PLM solutions; and then by providing the ability to reach deeper into the supply network to encompass raw material manufacturers, service providers, vendors, and factories. Both business processes, which are supported in the B2B Portal's functionality, are also endorsed through the research efforts of supply chain management analysts at both Aberdeen Group and Citigroup. 

Sahir Anand, VP & Principal Analyst with Aberdeen, writes in a January 2011 market alert, "There are clear indicators that visibility and collaboration between the retailers and suppliers needs to commence early in the lifecycle during the design and product development phase of the product lifecycle. According to our data, nearly a third (29%) of retailers indicate that they are currently focused on product development, design, and bill of material (BOM) phases in the product lifecycle collaboration. This early phase of collaboration is critical for ensuring integrated business process workflows of retailers with their suppliers, vendors and factories, and suppliers in turn these parties with the upstream suppliers' community."

In a December 2010 report Citibank's Deborah Weinswig noted that retailers that process changes "can expect to realize a 20-50% reduction in cycle times." The process changes Weinswig refers to in her report include fabric pre-positioning, sample management, and production diversification -- all capabilities in ecVision B2B Portal. 

Aberdeen's Anand goes on to say, "ecVision's cloud-based B2B portal platform can benefit end-users if process collaboration is a focus for both retailers and suppliers in order to instill efficiencies in their respective domains within the product lifecycle and supply chain." To learn more about ecVision, visit www.ecvision.com.

About ecVision
ecVision develops and deploys supply chain partner collaboration solutions for private label manufacturers and retailers. These applications provide greater collaboration capabilities and ensure visibility into global supply networks. With these solutions, brands and suppliers can effectively communicate and collaborate across the total product lifecycle. The end results include minimized supplier risk, lower transportation costs and increased margins and speed to market.

Headquartered in New Jersey, ecVision has offices in Hong Kong and China, in addition to a partner network in 15 countries providing local support. The company's user base includes internal teams, suppliers, mills, factories, logistics providers, inspection agencies, and banks. ecVision has connected over 23,000 factories in 40+ countries for large and small companies, including Li & Fung, Phillips-Van Heusen, New Balance, Timberland, Abercrombie & Fitch and others. 

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