| In This Issue|
| Magazine Sections|
|Denim Now: The Lure of L.A. Luxury|
Premium denim continues its rise to prominence through a made-in-L.A. strategy that focuses on quality, fit, wash and sex appeal.
|Freedom's Just Another Word for Buying from the Competition|
Author: Jordan K. Speer
|The Market: Briefs:|
|Acquity Group Brings Chinese Brand to U.S. Consumers|
Li-Ning initially will be sold online only.
|AE Outfitters Opens Stores in Egypt, Jordan and Morocco|
American Eagle expands its strong presence in the Middle East.
|G-III to Open Calvin Klein Performance Stores in U.S. and China|
The product offering will include athletic and performance wear that utilizes materials and designs that enhance the lifestyle associated with women's sports and activities, including yoga, running, tennis and biking.
|Nike Announces 600,000 Sq Ft Campus in Shanghai|
Nike's investment in developing this new centralized campus will support its long-term business growth strategy in China, where revenue grew by 35 percent in the second quarter of FY12.
|Liz Claiborne Rebrands as Fifth & Pacific Cos. |
In the renaming effort, the company draws inspiration from New York and California.
|SHC to Shutter Up to 120 Sears, Kmart Stores|
Sears Holdings Corporation maintains the closings are necessary to transform its business.
|Bakers Footwear Inks Licensing Deal with Steve Madden|
Steven Madden ponies up $4 million to purchase the Wild Pair brand trademark from Bakers.
|Retail Intelligence: Case Study:|
|Online, Offline and Everything in Between|
Author: Jessica Binns
Retailers are harnessing consumer enthusiasm for always-on mobile devices, which are becoming a critical component of cross-channel operations.
|Retail Intelligence: In Brief:|
|American Apparel Selects Oracle’s ATG Web Commerce to Support Global Retail Channels|
|Columbia Sportwear Pilots Payment Data Security Solution|
|Consumers Show 20X Preference for Browser-based Web, Tablet and Mobile Shopping Over Apps|
|Epicor Showcases Mobility and Multi-Channel Retail Solutions |
|Reflexis Systems Inc. and Irisys Announce Partnership To Drive Profitability and Retail Operational Efficiency |
|YCD Introduces New Analytics Module for Retail Stores with HP and Retalix|
|RFID Moves Forward By Stepping Back in the Supply Chain|
Item-level RFID initiatives are gaining traction among retailers as well as their partners further back in the supply chain.
|Supply Chain: In Brief:|
|SAP Encourages Serious Look at Sustainability |
Author: Jessica Binns
The business software enterprise unveils new tool to help companies track their products' carbon and water footprints.
|Sonobond Technology Keeps Ballistic Vests Waterproof|
|Heat Transfer Technology Available for Small-Batch Manufacturers|
Air Waves' SuperTone Soft Hand process can be applied to a broad range of fabrics and colors used for children wear, cottons, tri-blends, outerwear and athletic garments.
|Tech Conference West Set for March 21 in L.A. |
The full-day event is designed to help executives strengthen their firm’s strategic direction, technology roadmap and overall competitiveness.
|Sourcing & Logistics:|
|In Brazil, Booming Economy Boosts Apparel Business|
Thanks in large part to a booming explosion in the middle class, Brazil’s domestic textile and apparel industry is thriving — but companies in the South American country face challenges in becoming international enterprises.
|The New World of Cotton|
Sustainable cotton products could drive innovation for apparel companies.
|Fiber-to-Fabric: In Brief:|
|North Carolina Produces USDA-Certified Organic Cotton|
Two farms in the southern state have grown more than 65 acres of organic cotton.
|The North Face Keeps 49,000 Plastic Bottles out of Landfills|
|INVISTA Divides Business into Eastern, Western Regions|
In order to foster innovation and enhance service, INVISTA's spandex business has created a new western region and eastern region to serve its global base of customers.