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CGS launches new platform to accelerate digital transformation

Lauretta Roberts
22 September 2020

CGS has launched the BlueCherry Next platform, which is designed to allow retailers, wholesale brands and manufacturers to accelerate their digital transformation.

The global provider of business applications, enterprise learning and outsourcing services says the new platform will ensure businesses' supply chains become more resilient by improving agility, transparency and near-shoring operations, which have all been brought into focus in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As today’s consumer goods companies continue to be tested by the pandemic and the economic fallout, it has become abundantly clear that companies need to minimize disruptions and are seeking technology to seamlessly move products from concept to digital storefronts,” said Paul Magel, president, Business Applications division, CGS.

“While the volatility and complexity of the supply chain extends beyond the current situation, our BlueCherry® solutions help companies be more productive, efficient and, most importantly, scale for tomorrow’s challenges," he added.

BlueCherry Next is targeted at fashion businesses, as well as the wider consumer goods market. It is a "no-code platform" designed to be modular and highly configurable adaptable to industry-specific workflows. The benefits include:

  • Technology-agnostic: Work anywhere, on any device, without the need to download software or apps
  • Agile: Offers deployment options via cloud, SaaS, hybrid or on-premises
  • Connected supply chain: Delivers platform partners such as BigCommerce, Browzwear, 3DLOOK, Threekit, mymushin and Vizoo, among others

The first solution on the new platform is BlueCherry Next PLM, a product lifecycle management solution. Key benefits of this solution include:

  • Global collaboration connecting designers and merchandisers with third-party suppliers
  • Access to 3D rendering of designs and materials to reduce speed to market, allowing companies to replace physical prototypes with 3D samples. BlueCherry Next is the only platform that incorporates 3D renders from product design to B2B and B2C channels seamlessly.
  • Ability to create mood boards and storyboards pre-concept, and involve buyers and consumers for validation and input before mass production.
  • Full access to the extended BlueCherry suite of supply chain solutions or third-party tools with open API integrations

“Our BlueCherry Next PLM solution is enabling a true concept-to-consumer lifecycle, helping brands to be successful even during times of crisis and heightened activity,” said Charles Benoualid, vice president, Research and Development, CGS.

“Our open approach, coupled with partnerships from industry leaders, will provide the BlueCherry community with the ability to excel now and in the future," he added.

CGS was established 35 years ago and is focused on the needs of high-growth organisations operating in consumer lifestyle products, retail and apparel markets. For more information visit its website.

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