It's a perfect storm of new regulatory requirements for the retail and apparel industry: the 10+2 Importer Security Filing (ISF) requirements take effect today, followed by the new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) regulations on Feb. 10, 2009. Apparel and footwear brands and retailers, who have already slashed jobs in response to the weak economy, must now meet these burdensome, labor-intensive regulations with far fewer people.

For an industry that is struggling to comply, however, NGC® (New Generation Computing®) has an answer: enterprise-wide, web-based strategic solutions that provide the end-to-end visibility and global collaboration that are essential for 10+2 and CPSIA compliance.

Manage 10+2 and CPSIA Compliance with NGC's e-PLM® and e-SPS

The 10+2 requirements, formally known as the Importer Security Filing and Additional Carrier Requirements, mandates that companies transmit an Importer Security Filing that contains 10 data elements with extensive information, 24 hours before goods are loaded on a U.S. bound vessel. The CPSIA regulations establish new product safety and testing guidelines for children's products, along with footwear and apparel. Manufacturers must have certified test results to prove that their goods comply with CPSIA - or the products must be pulled from retailer shelves and destroyed - "a nightmare scenario," according to the American Apparel & Footwear Association.

However, NGC's e-PLM for Product Lifecycle Management and e-SPS for Global Sourcing and Visibility are an ideal solution to help retail, apparel, footwear and fashion companies achieve compliance. NGC's web-based, enterprise systems connect global trading partners throughout the global supply chain and can help companies quickly and easily meet the requirements of both 10+2 and CPSIA, including:

  • Maintaining and managing the information required for 10+2 ISF filings
  • Issuing alerts throughout the supply chain regarding 10+2 records and CPSIA test results
  • Notifying import managers with the 10+2 details of each shipment
  • Sharing information throughout the supply chain on CPSIA testing

e-PLM and e-SPS cover every step of the complex design/production process - from design concept through sourcing and product quality, to receipt at the DC - with a web-based solution that centralizes information, enhances collaboration, and streamlines workflows. The information required for both 10+2 and CPSIA certification is automatically managed in e-PLM and e-SPS, allowing companies to readily comply with the new regulations without adding lengthy delays to the product lifecycle or hiring additional staff.

"NGC is proud to take a leadership role in helping our customers comply with the new 10+2 and CPSIA regulations," said Alan Brooks, president, NGC. "Our software solutions take the burden out of compliance while helping companies improve gross margins, lower their costs and streamline operations - the keys to not only surviving but gaining market share in today's turbulent economy."