| In This Issue|
| Magazine Sections|
Author: John W. McCurry
Tom's of Maine Founder Goes Wooly to Deliver Sustainable U.S.-made Undies
|Martians Are Green, But Is Their Planet Sustainable?|
Author: Jordan K. Speer
Recently, my husband and I were discussing the announcement by Russia's space program a few weeks back that it is considering launching a spacecraft to blow up or divert an asteroid, dubbed Apophis, that has about a 1-in-250,000 chance of hitting Earth when it passes by our planet in 2036 (and slightly different chances on subsequent bypasses).
|How Competitive Strength is Being Attained These Days|
Author: Michael D. Cole
The founder of a stock research firm shares his own intricate formula for industry success -- a system he says distinguishes the top companies from the rest of the pack even in the most challenging of economic times.
|The Market: Briefs:|
|Is Social Media Equivalent to the Industrial Revolution?|
Author: Thomas J. Ryan, Apparel Contributing Writer
Social media is here to stay. If you haven't already, you'd better join the conversation.
|Silver Star Casting Co. Enters Kids' Apparel Market|
Silver Star Casting Co. is introducing its self-described edgy lifestyle brand into the kids' clothing market under a licensing agreement with New York-based manufacturer, BT Kids Design Group, to create boys' wear for sizes 4-7 and 8-20.
|The Word from NRF: Things Are Looking Up|
Author: Jordan K. Speer
Expected job growth will be a boon for retail.
|Wal-Mart: Full Steam Ahead on Sustainability|
Author: Jordan K. Speer, Editor in Chief
Wal-Mart's senior vice president of sustainability offers suggestions for pursuing a more sustainable business model.
|Retail Intelligence: Case Study:|
|Thinking Inside the Box|
There's more than one way to skin a cat when it comes to growing your business and staying competitive in a tough economy.
|Retail Intelligence: In Brief:|
|afterBOT Launches QuickReceipts Connect |
afterBOT, a provider of digital receipt technology solutions for retailers, announced at this year's NRF show the commercial availability of QuickReceipts Connect, a solution designed to provide the retail industry with fast, efficient integration to the afterBOT/Intuit QuickReceipts centralized digital receipt repository.
|Bonobos Boosts Customer Experience by Selecting Quiet Logistics|
Bonobos a fast-growing online men's apparel company, has gone live with Quiet Logistics, the first multi-tenant robotic Fulfillment to Consumer (F2C) provider to supply distribution services for the e-tailer's complete product line.
|Cegid Unveils Latest Portfolio For Specialty Retail|
Cegid, a software solutions provider to the speciality retail sector, is unveiling its latest planning, merchandising and store management applications at the NRF EXPO in New York.
|CipherLab Introduces Tracking, POS and Handheld Mobile Solutions at The Big Show|
CipherLab, a provider of Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) for the retail, warehouse and distribution markets, demonstrated at this week's NRF show a new bundled solution designed to make asset tracking easier and more efficient.
|How KALYX Swam with "Shark Tank" (Without Its E-Commerce Site Being Eaten Alive)|
Tales in the e-commerce world of web sites failing due to traffic spikes are all too prevalent.
|Multidev Technologies Launches ChainDrive Mobile Marketing|
Multidev Technologies Inc. has released its new Mobile Marketing application, which enables retailers to engage "consumers in motion" by creating marketing campaigns that focus on promotional messages and are distributed to the "palms" of the consumers via their mobile devices.
|Netezza Premiers Retail Analytic Appliance|
Netezza Corporation, provider of data warehouse and analytic appliances, launched its new Netezza Retail Analytic Appliance (RAA) solution at the NRF show that kicked off today.
|The Limited Selects Workforce Management Application from Empower|
Empower Software Solutions Inc., a provider of end-to-end human resources software and services to medium and large-sized corporations, has announced that The Limited, after a comprehensive selection process, has selected its EmpowerWFM workforce management solution, which is being shown at this week's NRF show.
|Time Domain Brings Internet Experience to Brick-and-Mortar Stores|
Customers at the Carousel Center Mall in Syracuse, NY, are experiencing an entirely new way of shopping, thanks to the Destiny USA Technology Platform, which changes the retail experience by bringing the Internet shopping experience to the physical store.
|Xsilva Showcasing Mac-Based LightSpeed at Retail's BIG Show|
Xsilva Systems Inc. is presenting LightSpeed, its Mac-based point-of-sale (POS) system at the NRF show which begins today.
|Merchandise Visibility: The Future for the Apparel Industry|
Author: Dr. Bill C. Hardgrave
A new generation of labels employing RFID technologies will provide vastly improved control and visibility of merchandise.
|Supply Chain: In Brief:|
|Rica Lewis Partners with TAGSYS RFID to Optimize Inventory and Supply Chain|
Rica Lewis, a supplier of jeans products to major European retail stores such as Carrefour, Auchan and Intermarch has deployed the complete RFID for Fashion solution from TAGSYS.
|SWF Launches NEW K-series Embroidery Machines|
SWF East Inc., distributor of SWF embroidery machines, has introduced the new K-series embroidery machines, available in dual function, flat type and tubular type multi-head varieties.
|Sourcing & Logistics: Case Study:|
|Retailers Look to Strategic Sourcing for Sustainable Savings|
Author: Alan Pincus, Kurt Salmon Associates
Most retailers have significant savings opportunities in trimming product - and non-product - sourcing spend, which can be realized through a systematic analysis which is then applied to a comprehensive strategic sourcing program.
|Sourcing & Logistics: In Brief:|
|APL Announces $11 Million Clean-Air Plan in Oakland|
Global shipping company APL and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District have announced an $11 million project to cut vessel emissions and improve Oakland, CA's air quality.
|Congress Fails to Approve MTB Package|
Certain Footwear and Textiles Now Face Full Import Duties
|Madagascar Loses AGOA Benefits|
Madagascar has been removed from the list of African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) beneficiary countries.
|Panjiva Offers Free Global Trade Widget for Blogs and News Sites|
Panjiva, an online resource for sourcing executives to gain information about global suppliers and manufacturers, has launched a free, customizable widget that tracks trends in global trade.
|Concept-to-Spec: In Brief:|
|CBX Expands into Specialty Retail Store Design |
CBX, a strategic branding and retail design consultancy based in New York City, has announced that its Retail Division has expanded into specialty retail and department store design.
|Clariant Revamps Leather Trend Booklet|
Clariant has developed a new edition of its leather trend booklet called "Fashion Up!" in preparation for the Spring-Summer 2011 season.
|Lectra Cutter Installed at San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind |
Lectra, a provider of technology solutions for soft goods industries, has announced that the charitable arm of Valero Energy Corporation has made a donation to San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind (SALB) for the purchase of Lectra technology. Part of Valero's mission is to make a difference in the communities where employees live and work.
|NGC Brings New Analytic and Reporting Capabilities to Its PLM, Global Sourcing and ERP Solutions|
Also, joins ARTS committee for retail PLM standards
|OptiTex Unveils New Software Module CutPlan|
OptiTex has introduced its most recent module for the fashion industry, CutPlan, that it reports allows OptiTex users to control their costs by dramatically reducing material waste.
|Philippe Ribera Appointed Lectra's Group Software Marketing Director|
Lectra has appointed Philippe Ribera as Software Marketing Director.
|Sustainability Is Not an Option|
Author: Sandra Marquardt
Sustainable textiles represent the future global marketplace.
|Fiber-to-Fabric: In Brief:|
|Brother Receives Oeko-Tex Compliance Certification|
Brother Industries Ltd. has announced that it has received certification according to the Oeko-Tex Standard 100, for class I, for ink-jet printing for cotton fabrics, pre-treatment and printing with five-color pigments (for commission work only).
|Eschler Fabrics Skate Back Into Olympic Games |
The Switzerland-based pioneer of technical apparel is supplying Nike and Descent with fabrics for its speed skating racing gear.
|Fruit of the Loom Commits Waste to Product Solutions|
Recently, Fruit of the Loom announced plans to extend its on-going waste recycling initiative with a commitment that its textile fabric waste streams be recycled into useable products.
|Indigenous Introduces Organic Boucle Yarns to Fall 2010 Line |
Indigenous is introducing its Fall 2010 line of women's, organic and fair-trade hand-knit premium apparel, with stand out pieces including the Urban Zip in organic boucle yarn, a new fiber for the company, while it calls its new organic cotton Striped Serape soft and luxurious.
|Spyder Launches "Slippery" Race Suit |
Ski and mountain-wear apparel brand Spyder has re-engineered its speed suit for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.