April 2006

Editor's Note:

Who Cares about Channel Integration?

07/01/2007 -

Your customer, that's who. Now, if you ask a customer: "Jane Doe, do you care about channel integration?" well, she'll probably give you an odd look and pick up her pace.

Issue Article:

China: Growth from Every Angle

04/01/2006 -

The new bilateral textile and apparel agreement between China and the United States has brought some sense of much-needed order to the sourcing scene.

Comfort Meets Performance at Mammut

04/01/2006 - Jordan K. Speer

For years, nature-loving climbers have had to make the choice between feeling good and smelling good.

Cover Story: Pioneer of Supply Chain Efficiency

04/01/2006 - William Atkinson

The J.C. Penney mantra was in the spotlight last month as part of the retailers Times Square JCPenney Experience marketing extravaganza, which highlighted its growing stable of private and exclusive brands.

Dassault to Acquire MatrixOne, PLM Rollout Updates: Liz Claiborne, Jones

04/01/2006 -

France-based Dassault Systemes, casting its eye on PLM technology opportunities in apparel and other sectors, is acquiring MatrixOne in a deal set to close by July.

Focus 2000 Profits from Outsourced Supply Chain

04/01/2006 - Masha Zager

By leaving supply chain management to a third party, Focus 2000 is able to concentrate on core strengths and benefit from large economies of scale.

Hopes Hinge on Retail Systems Makeover

04/01/2006 - Michael D. Cole

With a renewed focus on its home turf, The Store of Hawaii turns its attention to upgrades to its IT infrastructure.

Importers May Reap Duty Savings in NAFTA, China Scenarios, Burlington Rolls Out Iasta SmartSource

04/01/2006 -

Importers May Reap Duty Savings in NAFTA, China Scenarios

Kuhlman Gets an Edge with Automation

04/01/2006 -

This specialty retailer transitioned from error-prone manual processes and stacks of outdated spreadsheets to turn-key automation that maximizes real-time sales data.

New RFID Offers on Market, PUMA and Too Brands Choose Jesta

04/01/2006 -

New RFID Offers on Market

REI Continues its Transformation with PLM

04/01/2006 - Jordan K. Speer

REIs evolution of its private labels into outdoor brands put pressure on its organization to streamline processes.

Rip Curl Shrinks the World with PLM

04/01/2006 - Jordan K. Speer

Product lifecycle management has brought the spirit and the letter of collaboration to one of the worlds largest surf wear brands, while bringing consistency to its product development and specification processes.

Steve & Barrys Chooses GERS, Kenneth Cole Selects SAP

04/01/2006 -

Steve & Barrys Chooses GERS

Supply Chain: Federated Explores Direct Shipping

04/01/2006 - Thomas J. Ryan

The department store giant is mapping out financial benefits and processes that will drive pilot DC-bypass programs with a few national brands.

Uniform Update from the NAUMD

04/01/2006 - Thomas J. Ryan

Ron Pate, a veteran of the uniform market, discusses growth opportunities and challenges facing this important apparel sector.


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