| In This Issue|
| Magazine Sections|
|AAFA Leading Charge Against "Fashion Police Bill"|
Author: PRESS RELEASE
Learn why the AAFA feels the legislation would stifle creativity.
|Analysts' Perspective - April 2003|
J.Crew is exposed to extreme forms of competition in which very similar styles and prices are available through the same types of channels.
|Apparel, [TC]2 to Host Tech Conference 2003 in November, All-Star Awards Gala to Follow|
Apparel magazine and [TC]2, the Textile/Clothing Technology Corp., will host Tech Conference 2003 on Nov. 13 at [TC]2's research facility in Raleigh, NC.
|Applications in Action - April 2003 |
ASAP of Georgia Inc.: Second Chance Body Armor has selected Visual AS/APT for manufacturing, distribution and accounting.
|Attendees Pursue Diverse Interests at Debut Si Event |
Close to 3,500 sourcing professionals attended Si Source International, which premiered this past January in New York.
|Bernardo Fashions' Pollack: Managing Growth Conservatively |
Author: By Kathleen DesMarteau, Apparel
bernardo Fashions LLC has taken the outerwear market by storm with its lines of machine-washable suede, leather and faux shearling fashions, which are sold under the Bernardo and Arctic River brands and private labels across a wide realm of distribution channels, from department stores to chain stores to catalogs.
|California Outlook: Difficult Days Ahead |
Fasten your seat belts, Californians, it's going to be a bumpy economic ride. Jack Kyser, senior vice president and chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., broached the subject of just how bumpy the ride will be during the California Fashion Association's (CFA) general meeting Jan. 30 at Los Angeles' Jonathan Club.
|Career Moves: April 2003|
Kellwood Co. Bea Myerson from executive vice president to president, Halmode; Steve Peterson to managing director, Sports Socks Co. Ireland Ltd.; Marina Pappas to senior vice president of design, Sag Harbor; Neva Turi from director of merchandising, Sag Harbor, to senior vice president of design, Sag Harbor; Neil Felix from national sales manager, Sag Harbor, to vice president of sales, Sag Harbor; David Ford from production manager, Sag Harbor, to vice president, casual production, Sag Harbor.
|Creative Consultancy Frim Play to Headline 2003 Apparel Executive Forum |
The founder of leading creative consultancy firm Play, Andy Stefanovich, will deliver the keynote presentation at Apparel's 2003 Executive Forum, which will take place Oct. 3-5 at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, FL.
|Designers at Direction Look East for Inspiration |
Author: RAYE RUDIE
Direction, the international textile design show, kicked off the spring 2004 season for apparel designers this past January with 62 artists and design studios from around the world introducing designs for fabrics.
|Exchanges Grow in Popularity|
Some online exchanges claim they still have the answers for supplier collaboration.
|Get Prepared for Reverse Auctions, AAFA Group Told |
Author: SUSAN S. BLACK
Reverse auctions, the e-procurement process whereby a buyer (such as a retailer) sources specific product (such as apparel) through a live bidding process designed to drive down prices, apparently are here to stay - whether the apparel industry is ready or not. As such, it's time to prepare for the process.
|Guest Editorial: Suppliers Should Share More Information Online |
Author: By Robb Ruyle, Powderhorn Industries Inc.
Why don't one or more of you cutting and sewing equipment suppliers do something that seems intuitively obvious to me: Start an information-rich Web site, with a bulletin board or chat room for the exchange of information, and offer the years and years of sewn products industry experience available in your staff to small operators like me?
|Industry News - April 2003|
ASAP of Georgia Inc. has expanded its operations. ASAP London Ltd., located in Mayfair, London, will assist with the implementation and support of five European Union installations of ASAP software this year.
|It Ain't Over 'Til the Cash Register Rings|
Peep this. Real Slim Shopper vs. Rappin' Retailer Dog. Shopping face off.
|LF Brands Tackles Full Package and PDM |
Author: By Tracy Haisley, Apparel
Several months ago, Apparel asked manufacturers and retailers to share their stories, as progressive apparel industry leaders, of a software implementation.
|Merchandising, Planning, Allocation: New Recipes for Success |
Throw in a cup of point-of-sale (POS) data, add a pinch of optimization, stir with some collaboration, and what do you have?
|PDM: The Potential for 3-D and e-Collaboration |
Strategies and software solutions for managing product development have come a long way in recent years as apparel manufacturers and retailers have put more of their creative design and pre-production processes under the microscope, seeking to streamline them.
|PLM Coming on Strong |
Author: THOMAS RYAN
While many apparel vendors continue to get the kinks out of product development management (PDM) systems, a whole new set of communication tools is emerging with promises of drastically shortening lead times, enhancing product innovation and recouping untold efficiencies throughout the supply chain, particularly in pre-production.
|Product News - April 2003|
ASAP of Georgia Inc. announces its new Visual AS/APT Critical Path Analysis (CPA) system that tracks sales orders through user-defined stages of completion.
|Shop.org Forum Addresses Multi-Channel Retailing |
Author: JULIA FEIN AZOULAY
Multi-channel retailing was the focus of the Shop.org 2003 Members' Forum held Jan. 15 in New York City, where speakers discussed 2002 holiday e-tailing results and strategies for improving the online shopping experience.
|Surface Interest, Texture on Tap for Spring '04 |
Surface interest was the news for spring 2004 fabrics at the European PreView textile show this past January in New York. From weave effects to dimensional woven jacquards, eye-catching textures abounded.
|The Theme at NRF: Retailers Face Challenges of Change |
Author: Kathleen DesMarteau
The importance of innovation, change and reinvention - it's not a new theme for the apparel business but one that rang out with renewed intensity at the National Retail Federation's (NRF) annual convention and expo this past January in New York, NY.