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 February 2004
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Issue Article:
Addressing Web-based RFID Privacy Issues
02/02/2004
While cost and implementation hurdles are challenges for potential Web-based RFID technology users, privacy concerns of the public pose another significant issue.
Analysts' Perspective - February 2004
02/02/2004
What impact will the closing of the last U.S. plant by American icon Levi Strauss have on the mindset of the apparel industry?
Fashion Spotlight: Gymboree Jumps into Spring
02/02/2004
How will kids spring into spring 2004? Khani Adams-Young, design director for Gymboree, says young girls "like to be sweet and pretty" and will be "very prim and proper," bedecked in polka dots, whites and pastels, with crisp fabrics and pretty prints.
Gaining Greater Sourcing Control
02/02/2004
Author: By Anthony Coia, Special to Apparel
Sourcing in the apparel industry is generally a complex process. Companies must find the right sourcing partners - those that have the ability not only to produce particular components or finished goods, but also to communicate information in a timely manner, and to move goods efficiently.
Industry Notes - February 2004
02/02/2004
The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) and other industry partners are adding their support to heighten consumer awareness of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) new Web site devoted to product recalls.
Lectra Acquires Investronica
02/02/2004
Author: By Kathleen DesMarteau
Last month Lectra and the Spanish group Induyco announced the acquisition of Investronica Sistemas by Lectra.
Research Alliance Improves Clothes Care
02/02/2004
Author: By Tracy Haisley
Five leading companies representing different facets of home clothing care have joined forces with two universities to improve clothing care in the home.
RFID Coming on Strong
02/02/2004
Author: By Jordan K. Speer
Since reporting in this column last August on Wal-Mart's announcement that it was requiring its top 100 suppliers to implement RFID at the pallet and carton level, RFID has become the topic du jour and the proposed panacea to a sea of industry supply chain inefficiencies.
Sew No More?
02/02/2004
Author: By Kathleen DesMarteau
Advancements in adhesives and bonding techniques are prompting apparel producers across the spectrum to re-evaluate how they join materials into a finished garment.
Strategies for Compliance with AS2 Mandates
02/02/2004
Author: By Cynthia Renfrow
Various retailers, including Wal-Mart, have mandated that their suppliers transmit documents using the AS2 standard, which presents numerous challenges, including technical expertise, server availability and bandwidth, security concerns and digital certificate management. So what's a supplier to do?
The Return of the Suit
02/02/2004
Author: By Jordan K. Speer, Apparel
Dressing down. It's plagued the U.S. tailored clothing market for the past decade.
The Right Mix: Brands vs. Private Labels
02/02/2004
Author: By Thomas J. Ryan, Contributing Author
Department stores are increasingly looking to ramp up private label penetration in order to enhance margins and provide greater differentiation on the selling floor.
UPS Provides Solutions to Manufacturers, Importers
02/02/2004
Author: By Anthony Coia
UPS Supply Chain Solutions Inc. recently introduced its updated Supplier Management solution to address what Bob Garrison, vice president of supplier management for the Atlanta, GA-based company, calls the three main challenges of apparel logistics.
Web-Based RFID:Hype or Glimpse of the Future?
02/02/2004
Author: By William Atkinson, Special to Apparel
Many in the apparel industry are well aware that radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology promises to replace bar code technology, but the extent of the replacement, and the perceived benefits, still seem vague in many respects.
YKK Fighting Counterfeit Zipper Problem
02/02/2004
Author: By Kathleen DesMarteau
YKK, the world's largest zipper company, is putting new muscle behind its battle with counterfeiters.

 


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