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January 2005

Issue Article:

20 Top Strategies for a Post-Quota World (January Cover)

01/01/2005 - JORDAN K. SPEER

It seemed as if it would never arrive, but 2005 is here, and safeguards or no safeguards, the apparel landscape will change.

About Stylophane

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American Association of Textile Chemists & Colorists (AATCC)

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Arkansas Conference Tackles the Future

01/01/2005 - DONALD LONGO

Nearly 500 retail industry executives, most of them suppliers, attended the fourth annual Emerging Trends in Retailing Conference, sponsored by the Center for Retailing Excellence, Sam M. Walton College of Business, at the University of Arkansas.

Color and product development are the slowest steps in the supply chain

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Color and product development are the slowest steps in the supply chain, says Chris Sargeant of Colour True Colour Management Consultancy.

Competition Intensivies as Performance Apparel Advances (Marketplace Update)

01/01/2005 - By John W. McCurry, Contributing Author

Functional clothing is reaching new heights these days as intense competition has manufacturers scrambling to unveil new products that fight odors, keep wearers dry, resist stains and last longer.

Controversy Brews over China Safeguard Petitions

01/01/2005 -

China safeguard petitions and the petition process are in the spotlight as associations on different sides of the trade fence continue to issue strong statements for and against the trade measures, which could cap the growth of Chinese textile and apparel exports to the United States.

David L. Bassuk

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While the focus on China and India is significant, one must follow the stock market strategy and diversify. Vietnam is a 'sleeper' - currently under the radar, but getting foreign investment and heavy interest from major players.

Develop a smart strategy for sourcing in China

01/01/2005 -

With the phaseout of quotas, increasing their sourcing base in China is a no-brainer for many apparel companies, but it's advisable not to go hog wild.

Don't sit back and wait

01/01/2005 -

Don't sit back and wait for someone else to develop universal data standards.

From 3-D visualization in product development to vendor management

01/01/2005 - KATHLEEN DESMARTEAU

From 3-D visualization in product development to vendor management, it is wise to approach implementations of new processes and technologies with a vision for the big picture of improvements for the business.

Frontline, "Is Wal-Mart Good for America?"

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Whether you are a major supplier to Wal-Mart or a small mom-and-pop retailer 50 miles from the nearest superstore, you clearly know that the largest retailer in the world, with $286 billion in sales, has a significant impact on your business.

Going Direct: The Outlook, Opportunity and Operational Requirements

01/01/2005 -

Breakfast seminar for apparel manufacturers sponsored by CommercialWare.

Incremental Advancements Increase Viability (Digital Printing)

01/01/2005 - By Judson H. Early, [TC]2

Digital Textile Printing Conference signaled how dramatically the technology of digital printing has evolved since its beginnings.

Industry Divided on China Safeguards Issue

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Industry Notes - January 2005

01/01/2005 -

Hemptown, a Vancouver, British Columbia-based firm focused on manufacturing environmentally responsible clothing, has launched a North American sales campaign aimed at corporate social and environmental leaders.

It can be a smart way to set yourself apart

01/01/2005 -

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.

It seemed as if it would never arrive

01/01/2005 -

It seemed as if it would never arrive, but 2005 is here, and safeguards or no safeguards, the apparel landscape will change.

It's a given that China and India will significantly increase their share

01/01/2005 -

It's a given that China and India will significantly increase their share of the U.S. apparel market in 2005.

It's a jungle out there

01/01/2005 -

It's a jungle out there, but if you're the only one making crack flaps, then competition isn't at the top of your list of concerns.

It's good for Earth, and it's good for business

01/01/2005 -

It's good for Earth, and it's good for business.

It's no secret that efficiency and speed are must-haves for a successful apparel supply chain

01/01/2005 -

It's no secret that efficiency and speed are must-haves for a successful apparel supply chain.

Letters - January 2005

01/01/2005 -

The first four letters are in response to an Apparel editorial, "U.S. Government Should Say 'Yes' to Safeguards," published in the November 2004 issue.

M&A Activity Heats Up

01/01/2005 - By compiled Kathleen DesMarteau, Apparel

From Kmart and Sears to Jones and Barneys, recent months have served up some major mergers and acquisitions in the apparel business.

Making Through Specialized Training

01/01/2005 - By Woodruff Imberman, Imberman and Deforest Inc.

In today's environment, in which price-conscious consumers and low-cost imports are the name of the game, it is particularly crucial for U.S.-based apparel companies to operate as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Mmatch slogans to their respective brands

01/01/2005 -

Quizzing an audience to match slogans to their respective brands

Participating in a discussion about "full-package" branding

01/01/2005 -

If you are interested in participating in a discussion about "full-package" branding, including ways to enhance value at retail through new fiber and fabric developments, please contact senior editor Jordan Speer at e-mail: jspeer@apparelmag.com

Rich Delano

01/01/2005 -

Rich Delano knows his product is hot, but not everyone else does.

Set your radar to a lower frequency

01/01/2005 -

Set your radar to a lower frequency and you'll find a hum of creative apparel activity in the United States, but Geoff Krasnov, co-president of Style Source, a garment converter, says that "no one is serving the little guy."

Sometimes the perfect product is there

01/01/2005 -

Sometimes the perfect product is there but the myriad of choices can make the narrowing process baffling to the consumer.

Tech Conference Mantra: Visibility, Efficiency Essential to Win (Event Report)

01/01/2005 -

From 3-D visualization in product development to vendor management, it is wise to approach implementations of new processes and technologies with a vision for the big picture of improvements for the business.

The American Apparel Education Foundation

01/01/2005 -

The American Apparel Education Foundation is a nonprofit corporation, and donations are tax exempt.

The eTail 2005 conference

01/01/2005 -

The eTail 2005 conference, to be held Feb. 14-17 in Palm Desert, CA, will feature presentations by professionals from some leading apparel firms as part of a program that covers e-commerce initiatives of a wide variety of industries.

The Germans call it gesamtkunstwerk

01/01/2005 -

The Germans call it gesamtkunstwerk.

The location is great

01/01/2005 -

The location is great, the general time zones are the same, the opportunities are growing and it will benefit the entire Western Hemisphere.

The Sun Rises in the West (Fashion Trends)

01/01/2005 - By Christian M. Chensvold, Contributing Author

Alexander the Great used military might to conquer the known world, but Los Angeles has conquered it with something even more powerful: Pop culture.

They say when one door closes, another opens

01/01/2005 -

They say when one door closes, another opens, and it's important to remember that the constantly changing apparel landscape is not impervious to this rule of thumb.

This goes for everyone along the supply chain

01/01/2005 -

This goes for everyone along the supply chain, even the technology suppliers themselves.

Tilting Your Thinking Cap (Inside Apparel)

01/01/2005 -

The new year is the perfect time to focus on new ideas.

Whether you're approving color lab dips digitally

01/01/2005 -

Whether you're approving color lab dips digitally and saving the cost and time of air shipping, saving space by placing boxes closer together on the DC conveyor belt or implementing a lean manufacturing program to better utilize personnel and floor space, removing waste from your supply chain is crucial.

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