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Thread Giant American & Efird Partners with CGS to Enhance Productivity

American & Efird, a global supplier of premium industrial and consumer sewing thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles, has formed a business alliance with CGS, a provider of business applications, enterprise learning and outsourcing services, to improve productivity, quality and employee motivation with apparel manufacturers.

“A&E has long been committed to assisting with the challenges global apparel manufacturers face each day and is proud to be a part of a collaborative effort with CGS that addresses these challenges,” said Les Miller, chief executive officer of A&E. “By using A&E’s premium sewing thread and CGS’s real-time technology in BlueCherry Shop Floor Control, manufacturing facilities have the ability to further enhance production efficiency.”

Today’s sewn products manufacturers are challenged to improve productivity and efficiency, reduce throughput time and production costs and improve quality while reducing work-in-process inventory levels, the companies noted.

CGS BlueCherry Shop Floor Control, an integral module in the BlueCherry Enterprise Suite, offers an essential solution for manufacturing operations. It provides tools that automate the collection and reporting of production, enabling real-time shop floor visibility and control, improving factory operations and productivity while reducing costs.

“With over 30 years of experience in the apparel, footwear and consumer product market, CGS understands the value of having the right solutions in place to efficiently and effectively run business operations,” said Paul Magel, president of the Business Applications and Technology Outsourcing division at CGS. “Through this partnership, CGS and A&E customers in the BlueCherry community will be able to enhance the speed and quality of their manufacturing operations.”

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Since its first real-time installation in 1984, over 200,000 terminals of BlueCherry SFC have been installed, enabling apparel companies to achieve a return on investment in six to 12 months.

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Headquartered in New York City, CGS has offices across North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

A&E is the largest U.S. manufacturer and the world’s second-largest manufacturer and distributor of premium quality industrial and consumer sewing thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles. A&E’s products are manufactured in 23 countries, distributed in 50 countries and sold in over 100 countries. A&E owns or operates 27 manufacturing facilities and employs over 10,000 associates around the world directly or in partnership with joint venture partners.