Apparel and home goods company Blair has chosen software company New Generation Computing's web-based sourcing and production system e-SPS to help streamline its global sourcing and production of apparel and home furnishings.

Blair Corporation will install the software at its Warren, Pennsylvania headquarters in the aim to improve efficiencies and gain visibility in the production lifecycle in real time via the internet.

Larry Vicini, vice president of merchandise procurement at Blair, said: "NGC's e-SPS will enhance our ability to carefully monitor our global sourcing operations by providing end-to-end visibility.

"We conducted extensive research and found that NGC's software products are closely aligned with our needs as an apparel and home products retailer sourcing the majority of our merchandise overseas".

NGC's e-SPS with e-PDM consists of 11 software modules: e-PDM, e-RFQ's & Bids, e-Pre Production, e-Production Tracking, e-Collaboration, e-Pack, e- Shipment Tracking, e-Exceptions, e-Quality, e-Reporting, and Event Tracking and Management System.

Current e-SPS users include VF, Russell Corp, Dick's Sporting Goods, Armani Exchange, Carter's, Gold Toe Brands, Rocky Shoes and Boots, Westpoint Home and Wilsons Leather.