| In This Issue|
| Magazine Sections|
|Doing Well by Doing Good: Gap Inc.'s Social Responsibility Program|
Author: Masha Zager
Corporate citizenship is an essential part of Gap Inc.'s mission - and no, it doesn't conflict with producing high-quality clothes at affordable prices.
|Can the Internet Save Retailing?|
Author: Jordan K. Speer
Lately, I've been reading quite a bit about retailers' use of "cotenancy clauses" in their leases to receive store rent reductions.
|In the Face of Obstacles, Indian Manufacturers Get Creative|
Author: Padma Nagappan
Confronting hurdles ranging from power shortages to unfriendly government policies, Indian apparel manufacturers are tapping into the country's considerable design capabilities and skilled manpower to get a leg up on the competition from producers in other Asian countries.
|The Market: Briefs:|
|Belevation Launches Online Sales of Maternity Support Garments |
Rock Hill, SC-headquartered Belevation LLC announced the launch of its new collection of maternity support products, now available for wholesale distribution to independent maternity retailers and also through direct on-line sales.
|Massachusetts School, Italian Trade Commission Collaborate on Design Project |
Thirty-three senior students in the Fashion Design department at the Massachusetts College of MassArt recently collaborated with the Italian Trade Commission (ITC) and six northern Italian mills on a unique project called Design Needs All (DNA) to design garments using some of the world's best textiles and yarns.
|OverBra Designed to Improve Women's Shape|
Biflex Intimates Group has launched a new product, dubbed the OverBra, to provide shape enhancement for women.
|Is RFID a Victim of Identity Theft?|
Author: Marshall Kay
Attempts to portray RFID as an outgrowth of EAS are misleading and unhelpful.
|Retail Intelligence: In Brief:|
|Akamai Announces Variable Bit Rate Streaming Support |
Akamai Technologies Inc., a provider of managed services for powering rich media, dynamic transactions, and enterprise applications online, is now offering variable bit rate streaming support for live and high-quality video content on the iPhone and iPod touch.
|Avery Dennison and Scanbuy Introduce Mobile-Merchandising Solution |
Avery Dennison Corp. and Scanbuy Inc. have joined forces to produce a new mobile-merchandising solution that uses camera phone technology to enhance consumers' in-store shopping experience and boost retailer profitability.
|Quantum Retail Unveils Q Version 2.3|
Quantum Retail has released the most recent version of its inventory management and optimization solution, Q, available in both on-premise and on-demand formats.
|Urban Outfitters Goes Mobile |
Urban Outfitters has selected Acuity Mobile as its mobile marketing provider to extend its lifestyle-specific shopping experiences into the mobile world.
|Wal-Mart Signs Global License Agreement with Galleria|
Galleria Retail Technology Solutions, provider of customer-centric merchandising solutions, has announced that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has successfully completed user acceptance and extensive scalability testing of Galleria's configured store and merchandise planning software system.
|Supply Chain: Case Study:|
|Under Armour Protects Its Distribution House|
Author: Michael D. Cole
The sports apparel and accessories juggernaut continues its dynamic growth and SKU productivity at a sizzling pace. To keep up, its Baltimore distribution operations rely on state-of-the-art WMS and slotting optimization technologies that offer maximum warehouse efficiencies - helping the performance apparel pioneer stay at the top of its game.
|Supply Chain: In Brief:|
|Brand I.D., Apparel Barcode and Trim Supplier, Reports Skyrocketing Growth |
Brand I.D., an apparel barcode and trim supplier, recently announced that its business has tripled since 2005.
|Dean Street Group Deploys Jesta I.S. Retail ERP Suite|
Dean Street Group LLC, an importer and retailer of affordable footwear, has implemented Jesta I.S.' Vision Merchandising and Vision Financials applications in just three months.
|Maternity and Baby Wear Fashion Brand Noppies Selects Manhattan Associates |
Supply chain solutions provider Manhattan Associates announced that Noppies, a global maternity fashion and baby clothing brand based in the Netherlands, has chosen the Manhattan ILS (Integrated Logistics Solutions) system to support the company's international growth.
|Simparel Taps Hemphill to Lead ERP Implementation Team |
Simparel Inc. has appointed Linda Hemphill as the company's director, implementations.
|Sourcing & Logistics:|
|Inventory Optimization: Retail Strategies for Eliminating Stock-Outs and Over-Stocks|
Author: Sahir Anand
Unfortunately, apparel retailers must still mop up holiday 2008 before they can move further into 2009.
|Sourcing & Logistics: In Brief:|
|Carriers Use Descartes SaaS for Canadian ACI Truck E-manifest Requirements |
Descartes Systems Group, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) logistics solutions provider, announced that carriers, including Con-way Freight, are preparing for the soon-to-be-mandatory Advanced Commercial Information (ACI) Truck e-manifest requirements from Canada by using Descartes' Global Logistics Network (GLN) Customs Filing & Compliance suite.
|Global Import, Wage Update |
Author: Susan Nichols
World apparel imports into the United States (based on units) were down 9 percent year-to-date in early June, with the CBI/CAFTA region down 21 percent, Mexico down 16 percent and China down 2 percent.
|Report: Apparel and Textile Trade Numbers Will Have Doubled from 2005-2015|
Bharatbook recently released a report called "Strategies For Textile and Apparel Manufacturers in the Post-Quota Era: Prospects to 2015."
|The Datamyne Expands Trade Content to Offer Data on Chile, Ecuador and Peru|
The Datamyne, a provider of international trade data, has announced the latest expansion of its database content with the addition of bill of lading (BOL) detail for Chile and Ecuador, and the company said it plans to shortly roll out BOL data for Peru.
|Concept-to-Spec Case Study:|
|Li & Fung Streamlines Acquisitions and Supply Base with IT|
Author: Padma Nagappan
Li & Fung Limited leverages information technology to obtain real-time information from far-flung factories and to fast track integration of its acquisitions.
|Concept-to-Spec: In Brief:|
|Alvanon Partners with New Luxury Concept Uman|
Alvanon, provider of fit solutions, has announced a partnership with Uman, a new, Italian luxury men's concept launched in June in Milan.
|Billabong Selects NGC for PLM and Global Sourcing|
Billabong has selected NGC's e-PLM for product lifecycle management and e-SPS for global sourcing and visibility.
|Career Moves - August 2009|
Siemens PLM has promoted John Johnson to Director Global Business Development
|OptiTex Introduces Fabric Testing Utility|
OptiTex is set to release its Fabric Testing Utility (FTU), which the company reports will enhance the OptiTex system's ability to recreate the dynamics of fabric movement on fully adjustable, lifelike virtual mannequins.
|Wash Ink Offers U.S.-Based Wet Processing|
Wash Ink, a domestic wet processing facility that uses refined techniques to allow vintage flair to be added to apparel, is offering quick turn service for high-end fashion products for the U.S. market.
|Fiber-to-Fabric: In Brief:|
|Arkema Introduces Renewable Polymer for High Performance|
Arkema has introduced a new grade of Rilsan PA11, its 100 percent bio-sourced technical polymer, designed for the high-performance fiber market.
|New Sanitized to Keep Textiles Permanently Fresh|
In launching its Sanitized + TH 27-24 liquid, Clariant introduces a highly concentrated multiple effect agent that keeps textiles permanently fresh, the company reports.