Supply chain management and ERP software provider NGC Software has released its next-generation Andromeda cloud platform to help fashion retailers and brands optimise lead times and improve profits.

Andromeda brings together all departments – merchandising, product development, sourcing, compliance, purchasing, production, quality, logistics, marketing and sales – in a single cloud-based solution that connects vendors, suppliers and other providers.

The cloud-based platform offers an intuitive user interface, advanced functionality, greater scalability and faster performance, NCG says. It provides a single platform, with core PLM and supply chain functionality that can centralise and share information created in other legacy PLM, ERP, SCM, planning and point-of-sale solutions.

NGC says the new platform enables retailers and brand owners to boost performance and responsiveness by enabling all global users to share information. This can help optimise lead times, reduce expenses, improve quality, take advantage of real-time sales information.

"The retail industry is changing at light speed," says Mark Burstein, president of sales, marketing and R&D, NGC Software. "Concepts like demand-driven supply chain, lead time optimisation and omnichannel distribution all mean one thing: give consumers what they want, when and where they want it. To do this, retailers and brand owners must react faster than ever to the latest data and trends. Andromeda is the solution to this great challenge."