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Cover Story:
Stage Stores Sizes Up Underserved Markets
A deep understanding of its markets – based on both long experience and high-tech business analytics – helps this retailer give customers what they want (and only what they want).
Editor's Note:
Limited Infinity Retailing: It’s What Consumers Really Want, and It’s the True Goal of Omnichannel
The Market:
The Apparel Top 50: Rankings by Social Media Popularity
U.S. consumers spend 7.4 hours staring at screens — daily. Hoping to reach consumers without a social media strategy is like hoping to win the lottery without buying a ticket.
The New Retail Paradigm: Narrowed Expansion
If there was one common thread running through this year's 14th annual Apparel Executive Forum it was this: Retailers must offer consumers everything they might possibly ever want, in every channel, when and where they want it, while also compressing those endless choices into a thin band of exclusivity catered precisely to each individual.
Retail Intelligence:
Bonobos, Rent the Runway Navigate Clicks-to-Bricks Evolution
Even brands that have been wildly successful as online-only retailers are finding a need to engage their audiences offline as well, opening bricks-and-mortar shops to attract new customers and extend their customer-centric experience into the real world.
Supply Chain:
A New Look at an Old Problem: ASN Accuracy
While 100 percent accuracy is likely not achievable, attention to improved business processes and flow of goods can drastically reduce the number of ASN errors.
Supply Chain: Case Study:
RG Barry Accessorizes with Simparel ERP
Once a specialty footwear company, RG Barry is now a multi-brand lifestyle accessories powerhouse charting a path for future growth. It needed an ERP system that could grow with it.

PLUS: Vendor ViewpointInterview with John Robinson, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Simparel
Maximizing the Value of Sampling
Smart use of technologies such as PLM, 3D and BI can help bring merchandising, design and technical development teams together to reap more from the sampling process while eliminating costs and sample iterations and ultimately getting the right product to market faster.

PLUS: Vendor ViewpointInterview with Luis Velazquez, Business Consultant with Lectra North America
Research and Reports:
Matching Workforce to Store Traffic
Leading retailers recognize that modern workforce management requires masterful alignment of the right employees, at the right time, with dynamic omnichannel demand.


Discover How To Keep Up With More of Your Mobile Customers
6/24/2014 11:00:00 AM (EST)
Susan Nichols, Publisher, Apparel Magazine
Ron Klein, "Total Retail" Service Leader, PwC Advisory
Annabelle Hoover, Director of Customer Service, North America, BROOKS SPORTS, INC.
Marie-Pascale Authie, Solution Consultant, Infor Fashion
Bob McKee, Industry Strategy Director, Infor Fashion
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Planning in the Omnichannel World with a Single View of Inventory
5/13/2014 11:00:00 AM (EST)
Susan Nichols, Publisher, Apparel Magazine
Rich Pedott, Partner, Columbus Consulting
Peter Charness, SVP America’s & CMO, TXT MAPLE LAKE
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A Model for Change – Part 1: The Need for Transformation A Model for Change – Part 1: The Need for Transformation
The pace of fashion has never been faster. Fast fashion, social media and mobile technologies have given consumers the power of instantaneous sharing. The market is increasingly saturated and consumers increasingly sophisticated, which makes tried and true fashion strategies such as geographic expansion and internationalization more complex than in the past. The fashion industry--our industry and the way we work--has been forever changed. This paper highlights the major shifts that have led fashion to its current state and how companies are responding to the new fashion landscape, suggesting a model for change.

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Solutions & Strategies for Supply Chain Assurance and Collaboration: A Retailer's Quest for a Unified Buying Cycle Solutions & Strategies for Supply Chain Assurance and Collaboration: A Retailer's Quest for a Unified Buying Cycle
P2P gaps plague retail relations with suppliers, 3rd party logistics and other partners. The impact? Escalated transaction costs per invoice, low contract compliance, longer lead times for orders, slow cash-cash conversion cycles, increased chargebacks and vendor dissatisfaction. A major opportunity exists for streamlining one vision of an integrated purchase order and creating a unified buy­ing cycle for the retailer, supply chain partners and the overall network. Retail industry analyst Sahir Anand from Edgell Knowledge Network describes how to create a single view and vision for orders and supply chain transactions - from source to settlement to sale - across any channel.
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