May 2005

Issue Article:

Design Agility Achieved with PDM/PLM

05/01/2005 - By Brant Seibert, Special to Apparel

Software can track deadlines, take care of those nitty-gritty details and manage those "other" areas of the business, enabling the end user to focus on what he or she does best - fashion design.

Event Report: eTail 2005: Seamless Multichannel Experience Difficult to Master

05/01/2005 - by Bonnie McCarthy, Special to Apparel

Order online. Pick up in store. It sounds easy enough, but oh how difficult it can be.

Inside Apparel: Organic Apparel? Why Bother?

05/01/2005 - Jordan K. Speer

Two years ago, I laughed when my friend Carrie informed me that she was buying an "organic futon," just as I did when she said she was having herbs burned on her back to ease pain, and at the news that she travels two hours round trip twice a week to purchase raw milk from an organic dairy farmer.

Issues & Updates:U.S. Government Self-Initiates Safeguard Investigation in Six Categories; Associations File Safeguard Petitions in 14 More Categories

05/01/2005 - Compiled by Michael Cole, Apparel

In an unprecedented move, the U.S. government self-initiated the China textile safeguard process in six product categories early last month to determine whether the U.S. market has been disrupted by a surge in Chinese imports of these products.

Letters: Color Evaluation Article Inaccurate, Misleading

05/01/2005 -

Regarding the article "An Enlightening Experience: Standardizing the Color Evaluation Process" by David Albrecht, GTI, published in your February issue and on your Web site, I am very concerned that you published an article that references inaccurate facts and figures.

Product News - May 2005

05/01/2005 - By Kathleen DesMarteau, Apparel

ApparelMagic, a software developed by Murphy & Associates, now includes an e-commerce solution to enable apparel manufacturers and retailers to sell their products via the Internet.

Special Feature: Organic Clothing: It's Not Just for Tree Huggers Anymore

05/01/2005 - By Jordan K. Speer, Apparel

If your image of organic clothing involves a napiform, gray gunnysack, it's time to take a second look at a rapidly changing -- and increasingly fashionable -- industry.

Technology Initiatives: Clienteling: Retailers Get Up Close and Personal with Customers

05/01/2005 - By Staci Kusterbeck, Special to Apparel

A man searches frantically for a size medium cashmere sweater for his wife's birthday, but can only find extra-smalls.


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