| In This Issue|
| Magazine Sections|
|[TC]2 Event Addressed Breaking Down Supply Chain Boundaries |
Author: Karen Davis
The Global Supply Chain Forum, produced by [TC]2, the Textile/Clothing Technology Corp., gave participants an overview of soft goods supply chain dynamics, software systems and international logistics.
|Analysts' Perspectives - June 2003|
How is Sears' divestiture of its credit card business going to affect its growth going foward?
|Apparel Checks in with Koramsa's Carlos Arias|
Author: JORDAN K. SPEER
Established in Guatemala in 1988, primarily as an assembly operation for woven bottoms, Koramsa has evolved into a full-service manufacturer.
|Coloring Consumer Perceptions: AATCC Symposium Analyzes Color Dynamics|
Author: JULIA FEIN AZOULAY
The emotion and science of color were the focus of an American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) event held in late March at the New School University in New York.
|Competent Technical Designers: The Discussion Continues |
This article is a brief response to Eric Shurtleff's article, "Still Wanted: Truly Competent Technical Designers" (see "Guest Editorial," Apparel, February 2003).
|Industry Notes - June 2003|
Dow Fiber Solutions (DFS) announced that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has awarded the company's new elastic fiber, DOW XLA*, its own fiber subclass and generic name, Lastol.
|LF Brands; Growing Familiar with the System |
Author: TRACY HAISLEY
Earlier this year, L.F. Brands Inc. (formerly The Leslie Fay Co.) opened its doors to Apparel, allowing us to chronicle the implementation of Lectra's Gallery PDM system for our annual Software Implementation Series.
|Life Without Quotas |
If you're like most apparel executives, you probably have a strong appetite these days for business predictions, particularly as they relate to apparel market share and hot sourcing trends.
|Nygrd: Growth Poised to Gain Major Momentum|
Author: By Julie McElwain, Contributing Author
In the 35 years since it was founded in the unlikely place of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Nygrd International has become one of Canada's leading women's sportswear manufacturers, offering an extensive range of brands, from the moderately priced alia and TanJay to the higher end Bianca Nygrd, Peter Nygrd Signature and Nygrd Collection, as well as a host of licensed products.
|Private Labels: Strong, Strategic & Growing |
Author: By Thomas J. Ryan, Contributing Author
Retailers have gotten very serious about their private labels, especially in the past year, and it seems their private brands are finally getting some respect.
|Product News - June 2003|
Author: By Tracy Haisley, Apparel
A2000 has added new enhanced event tracking with e-mail notification to its ERP system.
|Retail Systems Expo to Tackle Crucial Topics |
Author: JORDAN K. SPEER
Leading retail executives, including those from apparel, consumer products and hard goods companies, are on tap to share their experiences this month through presentations and summits at the Retail Systems 2003 Conference & Exposition/VICS Collaborative Commerce Conference.
|Rules of Origin Major Concern for CAFTA Negotiators |
Author: TRACY HAISLEY
As lawmakers try to iron out a trade agreement between the United States and Central America, apparel and textile industry rules of origin have come to the forefront as a subject that likely will require many rounds at the negotiation table.
|Spesa Expo, Material World to Co-Locate in 2004 |
The Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA), owner and producer of SPESA Expo 2004, and Urban Expositions, owner and producer of Material World, have announced plans to co-locate their events in 2004.
|Supply Chain Visibility High on IT Executives' Agendas|
Author: Jordan K. Speer
Despite the rapid-fire pace of information technology (IT) advancement and an increasing number of solutions for handling almost every aspect of apparel companies' operations, IT executives participating in Apparel's 2nd Annual IT Roundtable say that a long road still lies ahead with respect to streamlining communications with trading partners and gaining visibility into the supply chain.
|The Private Label Supply Chain |
Author: Thomas J. Ryan
To support their private label expansion, retailers are looking to improve their product development skills by beefing up internal design staffs and sourcing capabilities.
|Worldwide Sourcing Under One Roof |
Author: Niki Tait
The World Apparel Market (WAM), held in Brussels, Belgium, is the only trading place where buyers and sourcing executives from all over Europe can go to mix, mingle and pre-select new suppliers from across the globe - all under one roof.