Chico’s FAS Inc. plans to close 60 to 80 stores this year.

Nexgen Packaging, a global supplier of brand identification products to retailers, as well as apparel, footwear and textile brands, has struck a deal to be the exclusive provider of global label and packaging products for omnichannel retailer Chico’s FAS Inc. through its brands Chico’s, White House|Black Market and Soma.

The companies also agreed to leverage Nexgen’s cloud-based “Analytics as a Service” software platform to transform the ordering, manufacturing and delivery of labels and packaging products, providing Chico’s increased visibility into its supply-chain activities and improved engagement with its vendor communities.

“In today’s fast-fashion world, retailers understand the key elements that impact their ability to deliver timely, in-demand products to their customers,” said Robert Loop, Nexgen’s cofounder and chief strategy officer. “Critical to delivering on this goal is having the visibility into, and understanding of, garment components and their impact on lead times and delivery dates.”

Todd Vogensen, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Chico’s, said, “Chico’s is committed to working with our strategic suppliers on initiatives that can deliver operating efficiencies while maintaining the quality and innovation that continue to delight our customers. The partnership with Nexgen is a great example of how we are looking to change how we operate, leveraging Nexgen’s industry and technology leadership to improve our business.”

With more than 8,000 companies using the Nexgen software platform globally, Nexgen has been able to create features and applications that are providing the retail, apparel and footwear industries with unparalleled insights into their supply-chain operations.

“We have had a long, successful partnership with Chico’s,” Loop added. “This next phase is a natural evolution in that relationship. Nexgen is focused on providing Chico’s with the highest-quality label and packaging products and the Nexgen analytics software platform is key to ensuring accurate and timely delivery of our products to Chico’s and their vendors.”

Nexgen, based in Romeoville, Ill., offers a comprehensive range of products and services, including woven labels, printed labels, heat transfers, hangtags, integrated tags, price tickets, RFID tags and labels, wrap bands, patches, boxes, poly bags and a range of specialized products.

Nexgen has sales and manufacturing operations in the U.S., U.K., Guatemala, Vietnam, China and 11 other key apparel and footwear producing countries globally.

Chico’s operates about 1,500 stores in the U.S. and Canada and sold merchandise through franchise locations in Mexico.