PAST ISSUE

June 2009

Cover Story:

Announcing Apparel's 2009 Sustainability All-Star Award Winners

06/05/2009 -

This year, for the first time, Apparel magazine honored five companies as Sustainability All Stars. Apparel's inaugural program was developed in response to the growing awareness throughout the apparel industry for the need to implement practices that will build more sustainable supply chains, resulting in safer products, a cleaner Earth, a healthier populace, less waste, more productivity -- and even bigger profits. Click here to read about the five inuagural winners.

Editor's Note:

Reaching the Top of the Pyramid

06/05/2009 - Jordan K. Speer

Recently I moderated a lively discussion on the topic of sustainability at the Underfashion Club's conference in New York City. Inevitably, the question was raised: Does the customer really care about going green?

The Market: Briefs:

"Blinking" Promotional Caps Feature up to 85 Lights

06/05/2009 -

Pacific Sportswear & Emblem Company has launched its "Blinking Fiber Optic Headwear" line.

Dussault Apparel, Concept One, Gene Simmons Join Forces

06/05/2009 -

Dussault Apparel and celebrity Gene Simmons' MoneyBag brand announced a long-term exclusive apparel and accessories license agreement and strategic brand building alliance for the Gene Simmons MoneyBag Brand with Concept One Accessories.

'Mandate for Change' is Message at Material World Headliner Event

06/05/2009 - Susan Nichols

Successful executives across the globe aren't simply dealing with change; they are initiating significant changes in their business models in order to best serve consumers of the future.

Sea Change Swimwear Established to Meet Needs of North American Market

06/05/2009 -

Launching its new signature brand, Sielle, Sea Change Swimwear Inc. was recently established to capitalize on the swimwear needs of the North American market.

Soft As A Grape Named Official Licensee of NHL Apparel

06/05/2009 -

Soft As A Grape, a designer and retailer of clothing for men, women and children, announced that it has received a license to sell official National Hockey League (NHL) apparel for the women's and children's markets.

Z-CoiL Unveils New Footwear Web Site

06/05/2009 -

Z-CoiL Footwear has upgraded its web site, the company reported.

Retail Intelligence: Case Study:

Pacific Sunwear: Tracking Business Trends with BI

06/05/2009 -

The specialty retailer's new BI solution allows users to drill down into key business trends and metrics flexibly, by division, department, product attributes and location, at any time, without significant increases in IT staff and without replacing legacy systems.

Retail Intelligence: In Brief:

Brother Introduces Smart E Viewer

06/05/2009 -

Brother International Corp. is offering the Smart E Viewer, an electronic document viewer designed for mobile professionals in retail, field service and other industries who need to remotely access and view business documents, service manuals and more.

Cactus Commerce Announces Availability of Microsoft Commerce Server 2009

06/05/2009 -

E-commerce solutions developer Cactus Commerce has announced that its partnership with Microsoft Corp. has resulted in the availability of Microsoft Commerce Server 2009, the first major product release under this joint development partnership, formed in 2007.

Cloudveil Experiences Double-Digit Growth in Online Conversions

06/05/2009 -

Adobe Systems Inc. has announced that Cloudveil, a producer of inspired mountain apparel, has increased its online sale conversions by double-digits and improved its site performance and overall customer experience through the use of Adobe Scene7 hosted rich-media platform.

Cornell-Mayo Offers Lookback

06/05/2009 -

Cornell-Mayo Associates (CMA) has released its Lookback regression tester, which will enable retailers using the company's OPUS Millennium and Omnistore POS solutions to respond more quickly to business requirements by increasing the speed of implementation and enhancing the quality of software updates.

dELiA*s Localizes Offerings with Predictix

06/05/2009 -

dELiA*s Inc. has announced that it is localizing its offerings across all of its dELiA*s retail stores with Predictix Store Planning.

Escalate Retail Partners with FiftyOne for International e-Commerce

06/05/2009 -

With the goal of making international e-commerce easier, retail solutions provider Escalate announced that it has partnered with FiftyOne's global e-commerce solution to provide a turnkey solution for retailers to start selling and shipping internationally, using the new FiftyOne integration module.

Footwear Retailer Shtofman to Improve Operations with Raymark

06/05/2009 -

Also, Raymark Partners with Toshiba TEC to Strengthen Presence in Asia

Jesta Launches New Version of Wholesale ERP Solution, Guess? Upgrades

06/05/2009 -

Jesta I.S. has launched the latest release of its wholesale ERP solution, Vision Sourcing and Demand Management 10.0.

Life is Good Grows with SAP

06/05/2009 -

SAP reports that it is working with almost 40,000 small businesses and midsize companies to help them improve operational efficiency to support profitable growth, and says that its business solutions offer deep industry-specific functionalities that are quick to implement, easy to use and flexible to support the unique and changing business needs of small and midsize companies.

Motorola Introduces New Business Line of RFID Readers

06/05/2009 -

Motorola has announced a new line of compact RFID readers that the company says is half the size and weight of traditional fixed readers and ideal for retail stores, offices and other customer-facing business environments.

Pantaloon Improves Customer Service, Employee Productivity with Reflexis

06/05/2009 -

Pantaloon Retail (India) Limited has implemented Reflexis Task Manager and StoreWalk in 13 weeks.

Phillips-Van Heusen Selects 7th Online for More Productive Assortments

06/05/2009 -

Phillips-Van Heusen Corp. (PVH) has selected 7thOnline's Assortment Planning solution, designed to provide more timely visibility into demand, to empower merchants to make better business decisions and to reduce manual activity and errors.

PowerReviews Focuses Search Traffic on Product Pages

06/05/2009 -

PowerReviews Inc. has unveiled its In-Line SEO, a tool that focuses SEO-generated traffic onto the retailer's product page, unifying all the retailer's SEO efforts for maximum results.

Quantivo Offers Insights Into Online Customer Behavior

06/05/2009 -

Quantivo's Affinity Analytics Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) uncovers online customer behavior patterns with just a few key strokes, the company reports, providing immediate answers to questions such as: "Which promoted items produced the most profitable follow-on purchases?" or "Which customers are the most profitable over time?"

RBM Technologies Launches Visual Merchandising Management Solution

06/05/2009 -

RBM Technologies has launched a new web-based retail merchandising platform designed to help large retailers cut the costs of marketing planning and campaign execution at the store level by offering a centralized, dynamic platform that allows retailers to plan and communicate directives for new merchandising campaigns to all retail stores from corporate headquarters.

Retail Equation Provides Micros Retail with Return Optimization

06/05/2009 -

The Retail Equation, provider of retail transaction optimization solutions, has entered into a partnership with MICROS-Retail, the retail solutions division of MICROS Systems Inc., which includes subsidiary companies Datavantage, CommercialWare and eOne Group.

Soft Surroundings Nets Hard Business Intelligence Benefits with 1010data

06/05/2009 -

Multi-channel retailer Soft Surroundings, provider of women's apparel, bedding and beauty products, is using 1010data's business intelligence service for its daily, weekly and monthly reporting needs as well as for complex analytics across its retail business.

Zebra Launches Off-the-Shelf Kiosk Enclosure

06/05/2009 -

Zebra Technologies Corp. has introduced its Kiosk Print Station, a compact enclosure that creates an all-in-one kiosk solution by housing a Zebra TTP 2000 series kiosk printer, a roll of media and a compact touch-screen kiosk computer such as the IBM AnyPlace or the Motorola MK Series.

Supply Chain: In Brief:

Checkpoint Introduces •Source-to-Store' RFID Solution for Merchandise Visibility

06/05/2009 -

Checkpoint Systems, a supplier of shrink management solutions, has released its new Merchandise Visibility Solution, designed to enable apparel and other retailers to optimize the entire supply chain from source to store.

Consultant Capgemini Launches New Unit, Citing Economy

06/05/2009 -

Capgemini, a Paris, France headquartered provider of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, has announced the launch of Capgemini Consulting.

ecVision: Working to Help Brand and Retailers •Right Size' Their Organizations

06/05/2009 -

ecVision, a provider of product lifecycle and supply chain software solutions, announced it is addressing the need for private-label and specialty retailers to quickly "right size" their expansive sourcing and supply chain operations with its XpressCommerce solution.

Jordache Reports Business Improvements from RLM ERP Implementation

06/05/2009 -

RLM Apparel Software Systems and global fashion brand Jordache Enterprises announce that the latter has achieved significant business improvements through expanded use of the RLM enterprise resource planning (ERP) software solution across Jordache's worldwide network of factories and business partners.

NGC Releases CPSIA Compliance Software

06/05/2009 -

NGC (New Generation Computing) has released its CPSIA Compliance Software, which is designed to streamline all testing processes and ease the burden of the recently enacted Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).

O'Neill Selects TradeCard to Automate Financial Processes, Free Credit

06/05/2009 -

Surf and snow apparel brand O'Neill has selected a solution from TradeCard to automate transactions and take advantage of financial services to free up credit in its supply chain.

Propper Seeing Benefits with Lawson ERP

06/05/2009 -

Also, Lawson Launches New Products at CUE

RedPrairie Announces New WMS Release, Enhanced RFID Printer Functionality

06/05/2009 -

RedPrairie has launched the latest release of its warehouse management solution, 2009.1, to help retailers meet multi-channel retail challenges.

SATO America Introduces New Onsite Printer Service Program

06/05/2009 -

SATO has launched a new nationwide onsite printer service program: "SATO ENSURE."

Sourcing & Logistics: In Brief:

DOC Selects Co-Located Shows for International Buyer Program

06/05/2009 -

The U.S. Commercial Services unit of the U.S. Department of Commerce has selected the co-located ATME-I/MEGATEX 2010, SPESA EXPO 2010, and TECHTEXTIL NORTH AMERICA 2010 trade shows for participation in its International Buyer Program.

Globe Express Services Opens Office in Paris

06/05/2009 -

Globe Express Services (GES), a global third-party logistics (3PL) provider, has opened a corporate office in Paris, France.

GTM Solutions Help Speed Companies through Customs

06/05/2009 -

GORE-TEX to Meet German Customs Laws with Precision GTM Software

'Panjiva SinoScreen' Helps Companies Assess Chinese Manufacturers

06/05/2009 -

Panjiva, which identifies itself as a source of objective information on global manufacturers, and Sinosure, a provider of credit information on companies in China, have announced an exclusive relationship to provide U.S. companies with information that they say will help them mitigate the risks of doing business in China.

Concept-to-Spec Case Study:

Cintas: Serving Starbucks and McDonalds with a Smile

06/05/2009 -

The largest uniform supplier in North America ensures its clients are happy through rigorous fabric and garment testing processes. With its new laboratory data management system, that job just got a whole lot easier.

Concept-to-Spec: In Brief:

Arigo Launches Web-based Visual Asset and Content Management Software

06/05/2009 -

Arigo has introduced the Collective web-based visual asset and content management software, the first major release from its product information management (PIM) suite that also includes Arigo Concept and Arigo Flow.

Chico's Selects Gerber Technology's webView

06/05/2009 -

Specialty women's apparel retailer Chico's FAS Inc. has chosen Gerber Technology's webView application and upgrade to the browser enabled version of Gerber's webPDM to manage its product data.

Dellalui Selects PLM, Sourcing from Centric Software

06/05/2009 -

Dellalui, a French manufacturer and marketer of men's and women's apparel specializing in products such as jackets and coats, has selected the Centric 8 PLM and sourcing solution to gain visibility into its design and production processes.

Guess Connects Global Sourcing and PLM with ENOVIA

06/05/2009 -

Guess Inc. has selected Dassault Systemes ENOVIA Apparel Accelerator for Sourcing and Production to connect its global sourcing and PLM efforts.

Lawson Seminar Explores Strategies for the Future

06/05/2009 - Jordan K. Speer

Software Delivers Enhanced Fashion PLM Functionality

Lectra Partners with WWA on Fashion PLM Implementations

06/05/2009 -

Poulton Joins as VP of Strategic Fashion and PLM Sales

New [TC]2 Solution Estimates Body Fat, Provides Weight-Loss Visualization

06/05/2009 -

Also, 3D Body Scanners Now Available at Lower Cost

NovaQuest Forms as ENOVIA Reseller

06/05/2009 -

NovaQuest LLC, a newly formed company, has been approved as a Value Added Reseller (VAR) for Dassault Systemes (DS), provider of 3D and PLM solutions.

OptiTex Expands Online Access to Features

06/05/2009 -

OptiTex has announced the beta release of its new web site, OptiTex Web Services, which offers online access to OptiTex to the general public.

Pendleton Woolen Mills Selects Yunique plmOn

06/05/2009 -

Pendleton Woolen Mills has announced plans to implement the Yunique plmOn product lifecycle management software solution in its Portland, OR headquarters.

Stylesight Announces Major Technology Enhancements

06/05/2009 -

Stylesight has implemented a number of technology upgrades to its trend forecasting and product development solutions, including a Chinese-language web site that features the entire content of its English-language web site in traditional and simple Chinese, and "Live Chat," which provides "site geniuses" to provide global real-time assistance for technology and content-related questions from its subscribers.

Fiber-to-Fabric: In Brief:

3M's Supreme Thinsulate Introduces X-Static to Product Line

06/05/2009 -

3M's Thinsulate brand unveiled this season its new line of Thinsulate Supreme Insulation with antimicrobial X-STATIC  silver fiber.

A&E Introduces New "DRY" Line of Anti-Wicking Thread, Honored by GORE-TEX

06/05/2009 -

American & Efird (A&E) has introduced its new Anefil "DRY" products.

Advansa Unveils New Performance Insulations

06/05/2009 -

Insulation provider Advansa has introduced two new premium polyester insulation products, Advansa ThermoCool for apparel and Advansa ThermoDry for sleeping bags.

Glenoit U.S. Owned Again After Tarboro Textiles Proves Profitability

06/05/2009 -

A captivating saga in which plant workers in Tarboro, NC essentially saved their Glenoit textiles plant from shuttering a few years ago through persistence and a savvy business plan, has become a full-circle domestic success story, as Glenoit, a silver-knit producer, recently returned to U.S. ownership under Tarboro Textiles - in effect purchasing itself back.

INVISTA Expands Xtra Life LYCRA Fiber into South America

06/05/2009 -

Also, INVISTA textile research facility in Delaware expands offering

Lenzing Proclaims TENCEL® as "Ideal Blending Partner" with Cotton Textiles

06/05/2009 -

Lenzing is marketing TENCEL - its brand name for its lyocell offering -  as an ideal blending partner for cotton textiles, particularly combed and carded cotton.

Sanitized AG Launches Antimicrobial Finish Without Binder

06/05/2009 -

Pantaloon is one of the largest retailers in India with more than 1,000 stores across more than 60 cities, operating multiple retail formats in both the value and lifestyle segment of the Indian consumer market. Headquartered in Mumbai, the company operates 11 million square feet of retail space, and is the flagship enterprise of the Future Group, a major business house in India with multiple subsidiaries.

TFL Introduces "COOL" System to Reduce Sweltering in Leather Garments

06/05/2009 -

TFL has developed the TFL Cool System,  which it characterizes as the first dye technology offered to the leather industry that is able to restrict the rise of temperature (up to 20 degrees Celsius lower) in leather garments.

Tuscarora Yarns, CloverTex LLC Announce Merger

06/05/2009 -

Specialty U.S. yarn spinners Tuscarora Yarns and CloverTex have announced that they will merge their companies and operate jointly under the Tuscarora Yarns Inc. name.

Ultrasuede Unveils New EcoDesign Recycled Products

06/05/2009 -

Toray Ultrasuede (America) Inc. (TUA) announced the debut of EcoDesign, an environmentally responsible line of products based on recycling technology from Toray.

Unifi Expands REPREVE Line with Polyester Staple Fiber

06/05/2009 -

Unifi Inc. has again expanded its eco-conscious REPREVE product line, announcing the launch of REPREVE polyester staple fiber. The new offering is made from 100 percent recycled materials for use in spun yarns, including open-end, ring and jet spun.

All Star:

Announcing Apparel's 2009 Sustainability All-Star Award Winners

06/05/2009 -

This year, for the first time, Apparel magazine honored five companies as Sustainability All Stars. Apparel's inaugural program was developed in response to the growing awareness throughout the apparel industry for the need to implement practices that will build more sustainable supply chains, resulting in safer products, a cleaner Earth, a healthier populace, less waste, more productivity -- and even bigger profits. Click here to read about the five inuagural winners.

Research and Reports:

PLM Plans Slowed But Not Stalled

06/09/2009 -

The 4th Annual Apparel & AMR Research Inc. study of product lifecycle management (PLM) technology adoption in the apparel industry shows that, despite the economy, companies remain singularly focused on the opportunities offered by PLM technology.