Amber Road Acquires ecVision

Global trade management (GTM) solutions firm Amber Road has acquired ecVision, a cloud-based provider of a global sourcing and collaborative supply chain solutions for brand-focused companies.

ecVision helps many of the largest brand companies in the world to effectively manage their relationships with product suppliers, raw material vendors, product testing and social compliance audit firms, and global logistics companies.  Driven by the need to get the right products to market faster and respond to ever shortening 'seasonal' cycles, retail brand companies must collaborate with their suppliers and tier-n material vendors to speed innovation and manage product compliance with fine-tuned control over costs.

"Particularly within the retail, footwear and apparel industries, PLM is defined by companies as covering endless combinations of activities from concept-to-order, order-to-shipment, and shipment to cash," says Janet Suleski, research director for Gartner's supply chain research team. "So there is a logical fit between technology providers that have strengths in one set of processes and others with another set of strengths to combine to offer companies a more complete technology platform on which to run the combination of processes that make the most sense to them."

"U.S. and European-based brand companies are under constant pressure to bring new products to market faster," adds Kevin O'Marah, chief content officer at SCM World.  "It's all about accelerated merchandise innovation and rapid, profitable execution.  More effective collaboration with Asian-based manufacturers is key to that equation.  Where ecVision helps drive these benefits on the front end of the process, Amber Road picks it up at point of shipment to ensure compliant, cost-effective global delivery to the brand or retailer.  It's a very synergistic union."

The ecVision Suite currently focuses on the following four primary business areas:
Vendor and Production Management – allows global brands to efficiently on-board new suppliers, monitor capacity, manage purchase orders and raw material orders, as well as monitor production status.
Material and Product Management – helps brands, their suppliers and tier-two material suppliers to collaborate and deliver more innovative products, by efficiently managing the sampling and testing processes, planning, forecasting and reserving raw materials and sourcing finished good production.
Risk and Quality Management – helps to ensure that what is produced meets international regulatory testing requirements, brand specifications and social compliance standards with comprehensive functionality to manage component and product testing, auditing and finished goods quality inspections.

Shipment and Logistics Management - provides a platform to document, manage and monitor all logistics activities from in-factory carton label creation, advanced shipping notice generation, carrier booking and tracking, and invoicing through receipt into the warehouse.

Headquartered in Hong Kong, with company-owned operations in China and the U.S., ecVision has automated the collaboration between brand companies and their suppliers in over forty countries under a SaaS business model with long-term subscriptions.  Representative ecVision customers include Li & Fung, PVH Corporation, Coach, Brown Shoe Company and VF Corporation, with underlying brands such as Calvin Klein, Timberland, The North Face and Tommy Hilfiger, among many others.  

"This acquisition delivers value for Amber Road customers by providing new global supply chain capabilities to increase product innovation while balancing product compliance risks and costs with shorter product lead times," said Jim Preuninger, CEO of Amber Road.  "It expands our solution footprint by providing more services at origin, where the global supply chain begins, and strengthens our value proposition in key industries.  This combination extends our leading presence in the Asia Pacific region which continues to be a strong growth market for us.  Finally, this union gives us another significant differentiator in the marketplace. We believe Amber Road is the only international cloud-based supply chain vendor offering such an expansive suite of capabilities." 

"We've seen an increased focus on trade compliance and global logistics on the part of our customers over the past few years," said Thomas Ng, Founder and CEO of ecVision.  "Combining these capabilities with our platform in a fully integrated fashion will be a real game-changer.  We're delivering on a vision for retail that has long been aspirational but never realized.  We are also very excited to expand our sales and marketing reach by leveraging Amber Road's larger and more established presence across North America and Europe.  Their resources and global footprint will allow us to meaningfully expand our presence.  I look forward to joining the Amber Road senior management team and executing on our combined vision."

Under the terms of the transaction, Amber Road has acquired 100 percent of the capital stock of ecVision for a net cash amount of approximately $24 million, as well as up to $9 million over the next two years providing for an earn-out provision based upon achievement of certain revenue milestones and retention of key persons.  The transaction is being financed with cash on-hand and a new $20 million term loan with KeyBank N.A.  The Jordan, Edmiston Group, Inc. served as financial advisor to ecVision in this transaction.
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