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 January 2004
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Editor's Note:
It can be a smart way to set yourself apart from
It can be a smart way to set yourself apart from other stores and national brands, and it also puts more profit to your bottom line.
Executive Feature:
Retailer-Vendor Collaboration: Why It Matters and How Technology Can Help
Author: Paula Rosenblum
It is no longer acceptable to take two years to bring a new product to market; the profitable life cycle of merchandise continues to shrink.
Retail 2.0: Opportunities Abound
Author: Chris Fletcher and Rob Garf
From life sciences to manufacturing, consumer electronics, and high-tech industries, companies across the board are taking advantage of consumer Web 2.0 technologies such as social networking, blogs, wikis and the like to gain valuable insights into customers...but not retail.
Designing Profitable Fashion with Apparel PLM
Life in the fashion world simply isn't getting any easier, is it? If you feel like things are getting tougher and you have less time to get everything done, you're not alone.
Executive Viewpoint:
Shopping Comes Alive With Rich Internet Applications
Author: Mike Afergan
How are today's most successful retailers creating online shopping experiences that rival those in the real world? The key lies in Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) that drive more personalized, interactive online shopping experiences.
Turning Rich Internet Applications into Riches: What do RIAs Mean for Retail?
Rich Internet Applications, or RIAs, have officially joined the jargon jar. The term has come to mean so many things that it's hard to tell what people are really talking about when they talk about RIAs - sort of like the problem facing the term "Web 2.0."
Where is the Value in a Supply Chain Solution?
Author: Gary M. Barraco
When a retail organization makes an investment in a software solution - such as product lifecycle management (PLM) - that impacts critical business units, return on investment is anticipated - and expected.
Deliver Your In-Store Experience Online With Optimized Rich Content & Video
Author: Brad Rinkler
As apparel retailers intensify their efforts to duplicate the rich, multimedia-driven visual environments of their physical stores in the online channel, video streaming and interactive shopping applications present real challenges that
Don't Let Application Performance and Usability Issues Impact Your PLM Investment
It's a fact: when it comes to your supply chain, there's no such thing is 'fashionably' late.
Focused RFID Solutions: The Right Fit for Apparel and Footwear
Author: Sponsored By Motorola
RFID's speed, accuracy and operational applications make it a good it for item-level tagging.
Issue Article:
2010 & Beyond Series Finale: Luxury Power at Neiman Marcus
Neiman Marcus, the Dallas-based luxury chain, is pursuing growth in smaller markets not known for being wealthy enclaves.
"Lean" vs. "Agile" Considerations Shape Supply Chain Strategies
Author: By Sachit Bhatia, Technopak Advisors
The customer can have any color he wants so long as it's black, is a statement that has become a familiar, humorous footnote in automotive history.
10 Great Things about the Garment Biz
Author: By Kathleen DesMarteau, Apparel
We had so much fun researching and writing this month's special feature on the Top 20 strategies for 2004 that after it was done, I found I couldn't stop thinking about other lists it would be interesting to compile.
Analysts' Perspective - January 2004
For success in 2004, manufacturers must continue to offer a competitive price, quality product and on-time delivery.
Apparel Firms to Share Case Studies at eTail 2004
Approximately 25 apparel brands and retailers will share their best practices and strategies for e-tailing and multi-channel retailing at eTail 2004 next month.
China Safeguards Draw Praise, Ire
Author: By compiled Tracy Haisley, Apparel
The U.S. government's approval of China safeguard petitions related to imports of Chinese knit fabrics, bras and dressing gowns evoked strong reactions of support and disapproval from the apparel, textile and retail industries.
How 'mi adidas' Provides Personalized Style, Fit
Levi Strauss & Co., Brooks Brothers and Lands' End have set the bar high with their pioneering efforts in customization of apparel, and Nike has proven itself an agile competitor in offering customized footwear.
Industry Notes - January 2004
Aussie Apparel Group Ltd. has changed its name to Bluetorch Inc. to reflect its new focus on the BluetorchT brand in the American marketplace.
Material World to Feature Sourcing Panel
The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) will present an "AAFA Sourcing Summit" panel discussion on May 18 in Miami, FL, to kick off Material World's educational program.
The Hispanic Work Force: How to Deal with Diversity
Author: By Woodruff Imberman and Mariah deForest, Imberman and DeForest Inc.
It does not take a scholarly savant nor a crystal ball-bearing soothsayer to realize that the surging wave of Hispanic immigrants is having a profound effect on American society and on our apparel industry as well.
Three Trade Shows to be Staged Simultaneously
Three industry trade shows, offering a range of equipment, fabric, trim, sourcing services and technology, will be held May 18-20 in Miami Beach, FL.


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