| In This Issue|
| Magazine Sections|
|Building a Social/Mobile Strategy - One Outfit at a Time|
Author: Amy Roach Partridge
Wet Seal is using social media and mobile commerce to craft a multi-channel strategy that has boosted sales and traffic, while keeping its fast-fashion consumers happy.
|The April Issue (Seeing the Trees)|
Author: Jordan K. Speer
In the apparel world, it's often the incremental improvements that lead to fundamental, long-lasting success, whether it be attaining greater sales, accelerating your supply chain, acquiring more Facebook fans of your retail store, or influencing change to trade policy. Learn more in our editor's note from April -- and access the entire issue here.
|Retail Intelligence: Case Study:|
|Woolworths South Africa: Right Stock, Right Store, Right Time|
Author: Masha Zager, Contributing Writer, Apparel
By creating store profiles and tying purchasing and replenishment to high-level plans, this popular retailer is increasing store sales, avoiding markdowns and reducing inventories. Find out how.
|Retail Intelligence: In Brief:|
|Abercrombie & Fitch Goes Mobile with Digby|
The retailer selects Digby's mobile commerce platform to engage customers through mobile devices.
|Bob's Stores Transforms Store Communications with Opterus Store Ops-Center|
Bob's Stores, retailer of family clothing and footwear, has selected Opterus Store Ops-Center for its 34 U.S. locations.
|BVI Networks and RockTenn Merchandising Displays Partner to Deliver Real-time Store Monitoring Systems|
BVI Networks, provider of RetailNEXT, an in-store business intelligence (BI) and decision support platform, has unveiled its newest capabilities for providing real-time in-store data.
|Fashionista Debuts "Fitting Room of the Future"|
There's a new way to "try on" clothing in the comfort of your own home. Dubbed Fashionista, the new application was launched by former Amazon executive and RichRelevance CEO David Selinger, and combines augmented reality, motion capture and real-time personalization for a new online shopping experience.
|First Insight Solution Provides Real-Time Lifecycle Visibility into Consumer Trends|
VCV employs online consumer activities in the form of interactive games that, through engaging with shoppers, quickly collect accurate data, and measure consumers' inclination to purchase products and styles.
|Hugo Boss Uses GestureTek ScreenFX® for Retail Mall Advertising|
Hugo Boss recently explored gesture control advertising with the installation of GestureTek's ScreenFX motion-responsive interactive advertising signs in four Sao Paulo retail malls by Trinanda Media, GestureTek's strategic dealer in Brazil.
|SummitCloud Offers Web-Based CPSIA Document Portal|
SummitCloud has introduced CloudNexus, a portal solution to help apparel companies and other businesses manage the complexities of CPSIA compliance.
|VendorNet Debuts StoreNet Live for Ship-from-Store and Pick-up-in-Store Cross-Channel Fulfillment |
VendorNet has announced the debut of StoreNet Live, which it describes as ship-from store/pick-up-in-store cross-channel fulfillment software.
|Supply Chain: In Brief:|
|Avery Dennison Joining RFID Research Center At University of Arkansas |
Avery Dennison announced that the RFID Research Center at the University of Arkansas has appointed it to its advisory board.
|Jesta I.S Unveils Vision E-Dom For More Seamless Multi-Channel Operations|
Jesta I.S. Inc., a supplier of business solutions for the soft goods and specialty markets announced the addition of a a new electronic distribution order management module, Vision E-Dom, to its Vision Suite.
|SPESA EXPO 2010 to Showcase Complete Spectrum of Equipment, Technology, Services and Education Opportunities for Sewn Products Industry|
The Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) has announced that SPESA EXPO, to be held May 18-20 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, will offer a greatly expanded set of solutions that cover the entire concept-to-delivery sewn products lifecycle and supply chain.
|StyleWest Prepares for Next Growth Stage|
While watching its business grow, StyleWest experienced growth in another area, too: IT problems.
|Sourcing & Logistics: In Brief:|
|NGC Streamlines Global Trade Logistics with New Vendor Payment Automation Solution|
New Generation Computing has debuted its Vendor Payment Automation software, or VPA, which simplifies paying vendors by putting all the documents needed to support the process in one place.
|Wal-Mart Announces New Global Sourcing Strategy|
Includes Strategic Alliance with Li & Fung
|Product Safety's Own Worst Enemy|
Author: Kevin M. Burke
As we mark just over one and a half years of implementation of the CPSIA and one year since the first major reduction in lead limits on February 10, 2009, small victories have sustained an industry struggling with the law's ramifications.
|Fiber-to-Fabric: In Brief:|
|Bamboo-zled? FTC Warns 78 Retailers About Mislabeling Bamboo As Rayon |
Author: Mike Cole
This week, the Federal Trade Commission sent letters to 78 retailers warning them that they could be breaking the law by selling products (including sheets and t-shirts) that are labeled and advertised as bamboo but are actually made from manufactured rayon fiber.
|Buhler Quality Yarns, Lenzing Exclusive U.S. Partners for MicroTencel |
Buhler Quality Yarns announced that it will be the exclusive U.S. marketer for Lenzing's MicroTENCEL, a sustainable lyocell microfiber.
|OE Reports 20 percent Growth in Global Organic Cotton Production in 2009|
India, Turkey, and Syria are the leading organic cotton producers.
|Maximizing Online Retailing: An Aberdeen & Apparel Report|
As the online and mobile channels continue to gain in prominence, consumers expect to receive the same brand promise and experience across all channels, making it an absolute necessity that retailers re-think their cross-channel stance.