| In This Issue|
| Magazine Sections|
|PLM for Apparel 2010: Decision Support Meets Value Orchestration|
The 5th annual Apparel & Gartner study of PLM technology adoption and spending plans in the apparel industry reveals that AFS companies are seeking manageable projects that improve decision-making capabilities and enable expanded collaboration efforts. Value chain orchestration has returned, but is wearing sensible shoes.
|Analysts' Perspective - May 2003s |
What is the most innovative measure you have seen apparel companies taking to regain/maintain market share?
|Apparel Research News |
Author: DR. LORYNN DIVITA
Researchers at East Carolina University, Virginia Tech and Auburn University conducted a survey of personnel managers from 34 U.S. textile and apparel manufacturers in 15 states to learn about their training programs for expatriate employees (those sent to work in another country for at least six months).
|ASAP Global Sourcing Show Perseveres |
Entering its third year in the trade show business, the Apparel Sourcing Association Pavilion (ASAP) Global Sourcing Show at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel faced adverse conditions this past February. Snowstorms along the East Coast closed airports, canceling travel plans and reportedly dashing the show's attendance figures 14.2 percent from last August.
|Brown Shoe: Increasing Visibility into its Pipeline |
Brown Shoe operates nearly 1,300 retail shoe stores throughout the United States and Canada, and markets and supplies branded, private label and licensed footwear to department stores, mass merchandisers, independent and specialty stores.
|Career Moves: May 2003|
National Cotton Council. Dr. Mark B. Lange to president and CEO.
|Casual Lifestyle Wear Dominates Super Show 2003 |
Do you or does anyone you know own velour jogging pants? What about yoga pants or spa pants? If the answer is "yes," welcome to the trend sweeping the sporting apparel industry.
|Jos. A. Bank Sets the Bar High |
It was the late '90s and Jos. A. Bank Clothiers was floundering without direction.
|MAGIC Fashions Feel Influences from Military to Music |
In Vegas, the show always goes on. The fall/winter '03/04 MAGIC show at the Las Vegas Convention Center this past February was no exception, despite winter weather that caused travel delays and cancellations by some exhibitors and attendees.
|New Labeling Options Beat Long-Time Limitations|
While radio-frequency identification (RFID) has taken the spotlight of late when it comes to product identification (ID) and labeling trends, it isn't the only game in town.
|New Strategies for Private Label Brand Leverage |
Author: JAY D. LUSSAN and GABRIEL F. FRIED
There is an opportunity for apparel manufacturers and retailers to make a low-risk, high-return investment in acquiring consumer data and private label brand assets.
|Participation Down at Material World |
Held March 17-19 in Miami Beach, FL, Material World offered seminars and exhibits running the gamut from fabric to production sourcing services, with a small contingent of technology and equipment exhibitors.
|Product News - May 2003|
Alliance Laundry Systems LLC introduces the rotating double buck Empress, which offers the benefits of both a cabinet shirt machine and a sleever, the company reports.
|SPESA, AHM Event Appealed to Central American Region |
An event produced by the Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) and the Honduran Apparel Manufacturers Association (AHM) attracted buyers from Central America as well as different parts of the world this past February, according to both organizations.
|Strengthening the Supply Chain Threads in CBI |
Author: ANTHONY COIA
Economic incentives created by the CBI/NAFTA parity legislation have made Central America and the Caribbean region a more attractive supply base to the U.S. apparel industry.
|The Changing, Challenging Role of Apparel Design |
With so many retailers counting on apparel innovation to pave the way to brighter returns, Apparel deemed the time ripe to tap into the worlds of those at the heart of the situation - the industry's apparel design teams.
|The Many Faces of Supply Chain Management |
In today's apparel industry, as many companies focus on their core competencies and outsource the rest, the ability to compete lies in the efficiency of complete supply chains, not indivitual companies.
|The Tide Will Turn |
These seemingly aren't the easiest of times for producing and selling apparel. As of this writing, the War with Iraq is raging, job losses are mounting and consumers are edgy about the economy and spending. And yet, there is optimism that the tide will turn.
|VCF Event to Address Chargeback Reduction |
Strategies for meeting retail requirements and reducing chargebacks will be among the topics of discussion at a Vendor Compliance Federation (VCF) conference May 14-16 in Newark, NJ.