| In This Issue|
| Magazine Sections|
|A Fitting Solution|
Author: By Teri Ross, Imagine That!
The discrepancy in the actual size of women who may all - accurately - claim to wear the "same" size is one of the many fit anomalies that is reality today for the U.S. clothing industry.
|AAFA Salutes Firms for Social Responsibility|
The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) tapped five winners - American & Efird Inc., Jockey International, Reebok International, Sara Lee Corp. and VF Corp. - for its first annual "Excellence in Social Responsibility" Awards, announced before some 210 apparel and footwear executives attending the group's annual meeting in San Francisco in June.
|Analysts' Perspectives - August 2003|
The demand for full packages by companies changes them from manufacturers to designers/distributors.
|Brooks Brothers Returns to Its Roots |
Author: By Jamie Swedberg, Contributing Author
As it celebrates 185 years in business this fall, Brooks Brothers is determined to deliver a traditional image and a return to a higher level of quality.
|Channeling E-tail Resources|
Author: By Anthony Coia, Special to Apparel
Apparel retailers attempting to break into online selling, as well as those simply trying to stay one step ahead of the pack, are focusing on enhancing the online shopping experience by fine-tuning and expanding upon existing features as well as adapting information technology and fulfillment systems to meet market demand.
|E-Commerce Sound Bites|
Author: JORDAN K. SPEER
Online retailing isn't always about the product. It's about the shopping experience.
|IMRA Convention to Focus on Consumer Insight|
Understanding the consumer and optimizing the global supply chain will be key themes at next month's annual convention of the International Mass Retail Association (IMRA).
|Industry Notes - August 2003|
Apparel Search Co. introduced a new division, Apparel Search Logistics, to provide supply chain management consultation services to the clothing and textile industries.
|Integrated Systems Key to Warehousing and Distribution|
Author: TRACY HAISLEY
Minimizing handoffs, reducing inventory and cycle time, improving speed and turns, lessening the pain of chargebacks. all are crucial issues that can make or break an apparel and soft goods company, and all depend heavily on the strength of warehousing and distribution systems ans strategies.
|Organic Fashions on the Rise|
The organic trend is hot, with organic clothing and other soft goods made with organic materials gaining popularity among an increasingly large eco-friendly population.
|Product News - August 2003|
Author: By Tracy Haisley, Apparel
Ajax has introduced a new feature on its cabinet bag sleever presses.
|RFID: It's Here to Stay |
It's official: RFID is no flash-in-the-pan technology.
|Sapphire 2003 Explored Global Issues, IT Innovation |
Author: TRACY HAISLEY
Sapphire 2003, SAP's annual software users' conference, extolled the virtues of cross-industry learning while presenting attendees with the latest word on globalization, the economy and new SAP products and implementations.
|School Uniforms are Quieter but Still Growing|
Author: By Deb Garbato Stankevich, Special to Apparel
Five years ago, the public school uniform market rolled into stores with a big bang and a lot of fanfare from politicians and education advocates.
|Taking the Color Challenge|
Author: By Jordan K. Speer, Apparel
The color development and approval process has traditionally been a long and tedious one, requiring multiple iterations of lab dips and months for the procession of sample submittals to be sent back and forth.
|U.S Apparel Jobs at Record Low|
U.S. apparel employment, which has been on the decline for the past three decades, dropped below 500,000 in April for the first time in 30 years, according to the Labor Department's employment report released in May.