Fashion Tech

CGS Acquires Business of Visual Next

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CGS, a global provider of business applications, enterprise learning and outsourcing services, announced it will acquire the business of Visual Next, a leading provider of end-to-end software to apparel, footwear, uniform, and fashion accessory companies. The acquisition will further the complementary strengths of Visual Next and CGS’s industry leading BlueCherry software solution. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

With a rapidly changing market along with the trend for unified commerce and the convergence of retail and wholesale, customers are demanding a complete solution to manage all channels of their business. CGS and Visual Next have a deep industry expertise and a shared vision of delivering end-to-end, concept-to-consumer solutions to companies in the apparel, fashion and consumer lifestyle industries. The combined organization will expand the geographical market, while also benefitting customers with improved customer support and increased investment in the product platform.

“We’re incredibly excited to become part of the CGS family,” said Charles Benoualid, CEO, Visual Next. “BlueCherry and Visual Next Solutions share a vision of furthering next-generation technology to support the rapidly evolving needs of fashion, apparel, footwear brands. Visual Next will bring complementary solutions to the BlueCherry community, extending the value of our joint offering to the ever-evolving retail and wholesale audience. This acquisition brings the best end-to-end workflow, from sourcing materials to point-of-sale, to the customers of both organizations.”

Founded more than 20 years ago, Visual Next provides a complete suite of business software built by industry experts for the next generation of fashion businesses. The company empowers customers worldwide with the tools to reach their next milestones and achieve sustainable growth by removing the element of uncertainty in a shifting market.

“The demand has never been greater for next-generation solutions in the retail and wholesale apparel and footwear market, and the bringing together of Visual Next with CGS will further strengthen our offering, in particular in the PLM, integrated Finance and integrated POS space, to benefit the fashion community,” said Phil Friedman, president and CEO, CGS. “Having served the fashion community for more than three decades, CGS prides itself on delivering the best solutions to our valued clients. This acquisition demonstrates our continued objective to remain client-centric, offering best-of-breed services to meet changing market demands.”

CGS’s BlueCherry Enterprise Suite provides clients with comprehensive digital supply chain management solutions, available both in the cloud and on-premises, to drive their fundamental

business processes. With a focus on the needs of high-growth organizations operating in consumer lifestyle products, retail and apparel, BlueCherry is a unified platform that provides supply chain visibility with the latest digital technologies. The BlueCherry Suite addresses the needs of the end-to-end supply chain, from planning and product development to manufacturing and sales.

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