April 2004

Issue Article:

A Label-Conscious World: Tagless Labeling, Shorter Cycle Times Drive Product ID Trends

04/01/2004 - By Jordan K. Speer, Apparel

Branding. Serving the consumer. Responding to retailer demands. Flexibility. Small batches. Rapid response. Anti-counterfeiting. Supply chain tracking. Government regulations.

Analysts' Perspectives - April 2004

04/01/2004 -

With a little less than nine months to go before quotas are lifted, what should manufacturers and retailers be doing to prepare themselves for 2005?

CBI Gears Up for CAFTA

04/01/2004 - By Jordan K. Speer, Apparel

With the details of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) hammered out and most expecting an easy passage through the U.S. Congress sometime this year, anticipation is high for the CAFTA region to put the gears of its apparel and textile industry into overdrive.

Color Explodes in Spring/Summer 2005

04/01/2004 - By Raye Rudie, Contributing Editor

An explosion of color is on tap for spring/summer 2005, according to exhibitors at the recent European PreView show.

Finding the Right EDI Solution

04/01/2004 - By Marc Kalman, eZCom Software Inc.

Whether you are a seasoned apparel vendor or new to the supply chain, odds are that you are not positive about the concept of electronic data interchange (EDI). However, if you want to sell to large retailers, you have to support it.

Material World, SPESA EXPO 2004, Technology Solutions Offer One-Stop Shop

04/01/2004 - By Tracy Haisley, Apparel

After several years of planning, a new three-in-one trade show event for the apparel and sewn products industry is set to debut May 18-20 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, FL.

Orange County Choppers Revs Up

04/01/2004 - By Jordan K. Speer, Apparel

How do you know when your celebrity has ratcheted up a notch?

Pigeonholed No More

04/01/2004 - By Kathleen DesMarteau, Apparel

Fewer and fewer apparel firms fit the traditional molds that once differentiated contractor from manufacturer from retailer.

Searching for a Stellar Technical Designer? Here's What To Look For

04/01/2004 - By David Jones, Find Great People International

A handy checklist may help you select your next technical designer.

Shows Feature Array of Educational Opportunities

04/01/2004 - By Suzanne Pruitt, Marsh Meadows Marketing

From May 18-20, Material World, SPESA EXPO and Technology Solutions come together to showcase machinery and equipment, fabrics/findings, sourcing, and information technology - all under one roof.

Sizing Up the Tech Design Position

04/01/2004 - By Kathleen DesMarteau and Jordan K. Speer, Apparel

More than working by numbers, technical design requires true multi-tasking and deep knowledge of patternmaking, sewing, grading and all the nuances that make the garment come alive and fit the body well.

Skirt So Good: Red-hot Item Launches Tiffany Alana

04/01/2004 - By Christian M. Chensvold, Special to Apparel

Tiffany Alana couldn't believe what she saw.

Theory, New Balance Implement PLM, Manage Growth

04/01/2004 - By Kathleen DesMarteau, Apparel

The realm of product lifecycle management (PLM) and product development management (PDM) is increasingly important to apparel businesses, and also has become a hot bed of development activity among software suppliers serving the industry.


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