Gold Toe Brands Inc is the latest manufacturer to sign up for a Web-based sourcing and production system to streamline and manage its global apparel production. 

Scheduled for installation at the sock maker's Burlington, NC, headquarters this autumn, e-SPS from New Generation Computing will provide GTB's sourcing department and vendors in Korea and China with access to production data and the ability to complete steps in the production process via the Internet. 

Specifically, it will enable GTB to manage all product-development tasks, distribute product specifications to vendors and receive real-time updates on the status of its apparel production. 

"We expect that e-SPS will enable us to better plan our production, monitor its status, alert us to potential problems and help us to meet our customers' delivery schedules that depend on the on-time arrival of items produced overseas," said Val Zumbro, director of information systems for GTB.