NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Sep 21, 2016) - CGS, a global provider of business applications, enterprise learning and outsourcing services, today announced that Feathered Friends, a manufacturer of down gear, selected BlueCherry® Shop Floor Control (SFC) to help increase visibility in its manufacturing process. The BlueCherry SFC wireless application will arm supervisors with real-time information needed to aid in production adjustments, avoid bottlenecks and ensure on-time product delivery.

Feathered Friends sought a solution that would provide an accurate look into its factory operations to avoid manufacturing holdups and improve efficiency -- enabling production of its "made-in-America" products to stay ahead of the offshore competition. Feathered Friends selected BlueCherry SFC's wireless application, supported on mobile devices, to provide its managers and supervisors with real-time visibility into production information while on the floor to support smooth production flow. Additionally, managers and supervisors will be able to harness Actionable Intelligence from the application's aggregated smart data, enabling more timely, better-informed business decisions to enhance performance and profitability across the production lifecycle.

"We are proud to offer made-in-America products and required a solution that would give us an edge, increasing our growth margin and furthering our brand," said Peter Hickner, Founder of Feathered Friends. "CGS's expertise in the apparel and consumer goods industry, and particularly in manufacturing, made BlueCherry Shop Floor Control the perfect solution to fit our needs. The ability to utilize the solution via mobile device enables our managers and supervisors access to the production information they need anywhere, at any time -- enabling them to make quicker, better-informed business decisions and ensure workflow efficiency."

"With over 500 customers in the fashion, apparel and lifestyle products industry, CGS understands the need for end-to-end production visibility to support efficient factory operations," said Paul Magel, president, Business Applications and Technology Outsourcing, CGS. "We are thrilled to welcome Feathered Friends to our BlueCherry community as it implements our Shop Floor Control wireless application to achieve the production visibility needed to remove bottlenecks, improve production flow and ensure product orders are being completed on time."

About Feathered Friends
Feathered Friends was founded in 1972 by husband and wife team Peter and Carol Hickner. They settled in Seattle, Washington and came to treasure the easy access to backpacking, climbing, and skiing. In the midst of the Boeing Bust of the early 1970s Peter and Carol put their design and sewing skills to use and created their own jobs, producing jackets, sleeping bags, and bedding items from the basement of their home. Peter and Carol soon realized this venture needed a name, and while gathered around a fire with some good friends and cold beers Feathered Friends was born. While they had neither a business plan nor financing, they did have the determination and skill to create world class down products. Over the last four decades Feathered Friends has become the standard in quality, long lasting, and high performing down gear for expeditions and adventures. Each of our products unites our legacy of handmade construction techniques with the advancements of modern fabric technologies. The result is gear that excels in all conditions, from a cozy chair in your home to the summit of Mount Everest.

About CGS
For over 30 years, CGS has enabled global enterprises, regional companies and government agencies to drive breakthrough performance through business applications, enterprise learning and outsourcing services. CGS is wholly focused on creating comprehensive solutions that meet clients' complex, multi-dimensional needs and support clients' most fundamental business activities. Headquartered in New York City, CGS has offices across North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter at @CGSinc and @BlueCherryCGS and on Facebook.

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