| In This Issue|
| Magazine Sections|
|2009: The Apparel Top 50|
While the economy is taking its toll on the industry, it's clear that when the dust clears, some apparel players will emerge stronger than ever before.
|Top, Bottom, Up, Down, Charm & Strange: The Art of Quantum Retailing|
Author: Jordan K. Speer
Finding your company at or near the top of Apparel's annual list of the 50 most profitable public apparel companies is a great place to be in any year, and particularly in one such as this. A rising tide lifts all boats, we know. It's harder to succeed when the waters are stagnant.
|The Market: Briefs:|
|Big Bowl Restaurant Employees Wearing Superior's Eco-Friendly Uniforms |
Superior Uniform Group announced the launch of an eco-friendly employee apparel program for Big Bowl Restaurants.
|SPESA EXPO to include Supply Chain of the Americas, USA Pavilions|
New Event Co-Locations Announced
|Stella McCartney Falls Into the Gap |
Stella McCartney is designing a new clothing collection for children and babies for Gap Inc., the retailer announced.
|Retail Intelligence: Case Study:|
|Charles Vogele: Reaping the Benefits of Source-to-Store RFID|
Author: Dr. Bill C. Hardgrave
From providing faster and more accurate picking and packing to improved store layout plans, item-level RFID tags are proving their worth at this leading Switzerland-based retailer.
|Retail Intelligence: In Brief:|
|Charlotte Russe Brings Interactive Experiences to Online Shopping |
Allurent has announced that specialty apparel and accessories retailer Charlotte Russe Holding Inc. has selected its Allurent on Demand (AoD) platform for interactive online merchandising.
|Columbia Sportswear to Build Global eCommerce on Demandware|
Columbia Sportswear Company has selected the Demandware eCommerce Platform as the foundation upon which to build its new business-to-consumer online channel.
|Eileen Fisher Selects Escalate Retail |
Also, Escalate Partners with MyBuys
|Supply Chain: In Brief:|
|Aberdeen Group Offers Five Steps for Gaining Supply Chain Visibility and Control |
A recently released study by Aberdeen Group, "Integrated Demand-Supply Networks: Five Steps to Gaining Visibility and Control," concludes that most companies are struggling with the complexity of their multi-tiered networks of global suppliers, customers, supply chain services providers and other intermediaries.
|Augusta Sportswear Selects Solution for Forecast Accuracy, Customer Service |
Logility, provider of supply chain solutions, announced that Augusta Sportswear, a team apparel manufacturer, has selected its Logility Voyager Solutions suite to improve forecast accuracy, increase visibility into customer demand and manage inventory more effectively.
|EAS Technology Integrated into Janam's XG100 Rugged Mobile Computers|
Janam Technologies announced it is integrating Sensormatic electronic article surveillance (EAS) tags from ADT Security Services within the body of all of its new XG100 series of gun-shaped rugged mobile computers. The devices from Janam scan barcodes and communicate wirelessly to enterprise networks.
|Sports Image Uses SPS VMI Replenishment|
Apparel companies that use Gerber Technology WebPDM product data management (PDM) software now can integrate directly with the Centric 8 product lifecycle management (PLM) and sourcing suite, Centric reports.Sports Image, a designer and provider of custom decorated apparel and accessories with more than 1,300 retail partners, is using SPS Commerce's Trading Partner Intelligence service to improve its vendor managed inventory (VMI) process.
|The Men's Wearhouse Transitions Picking Operations to Linux |
The specialty retailer and AL Systems collaborate to consolidate applications on a uniform IT platform
|Sourcing & Logistics: Case Study:|
|Denimatrix Launches in Troubled Waters|
Author: Masha Zager
When Texas cotton meets a Guatemalan apparel factory, a new venture is born - along with a new strategy for "market-driven manufacturing."
|Sourcing & Logistics: In Brief:|
|DHL Invests Millions in Fashion Competency Center, New Hong Kong Office|
The company expresses its interest in expanding its presence in the apparel industry
|Concept-to-Spec Case Study:|
|Lean Makes Green|
Author: Kerry Maguire King
Within the apparel industry much of the dialogue on sustainability has been focused on the production of "green products" and the use of textile processing methods and supply chain strategies that reduce the environmental footprint of our industry.
|Concept-to-Spec: In Brief:|
|Centric Software Introduces Connector to Link WebPDM, Centric 8 PLM Suite |
Apparel companies that use Gerber Technology WebPDM product data management (PDM) software now can integrate directly with the Centric 8 product lifecycle management (PLM) and sourcing suite, Centric reports.
|IBM and Siemens Announce Integrated Solutions to Help Companies Deliver Smarter Products|
IBM and Siemens PLM Software have jointly announced offerings that help companies improve the management of products throughout their lifecycle.
|POLO Brings 3D Body Measurement to Retail|
POLO, a specialty company based in Germany offering motorcycle clothing and accessories has implemented 3D body-scanning technology from Human Solutions in many of its stores, with plans to roll out the solution to additional POLO stores throughout the year.
|Unique Solutions Design Buys Intellifit|
Intellifit Corp. has been acquired by Unique Solutions Design Ltd. for an undisclosed sum.