| In This Issue|
| Magazine Sections|
|Analysts' Perspective - November 2003|
The 2005 quota phase out will proceed as planned. However, the lack of consensus in Cancun will regrettably delay other key global trade liberalization initiatives, including an ambitious sectoral program that would have addressed the full range of tariff and non tariff barriers that still restrain the global trade in textiles and apparel and keep many U.S. branded sewn products out of developing and developed markets.
|Applications in Action|
AL Systems. Urban Outfitters has selected the company's cross-docking application.
|Asheboro Elastics Debuts Breakthrough RavlokT|
Author: SUSAN S. BLACK
Woven elastics have long been the choice for waistbands in men's and boys' briefs and many other products because of their hand, thickness and "traditional usage."
|Australian Partnership Seeks To Commercialize Nonwoven Wool |
Author: ALFRED DOCKERY
This summer Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), an independent public company owned by Australian woolgrowers, and Macquarie Textiles, Australia's largest wool-based manufacturer, commissioned Australia's first
|By George! Look at that shirt! |
Author: JORDAN K. SPEER
Have you seen the new George shirts at Wal-Mart? If not, you might want to check them out, says Manuel Meza, president of El Salvador-based dress shirt manufacturer, Picacho.
|Conference Focus: Improving Visibility, Connectivity in Supply Chain |
Author: By Kathleen DesMarteau, Jordan K. Speer and Tracy Haisley, Apparel
As apparel sourcing continues its global proliferation and the supply chain becomes more complex, some tried-and-true tenets for success remain the same: quality, efficiency, speed to market and competitive pricing.
|Executive Q&A: Wal-Mart GMM Discusses Apparel |
Apparel caught up with Celia Clancy, senior vice president and general merchandise manager for Wal-Mart, at the annual convention and business development forum of the International Mass Retail Association (IMRA) in mid-September.
|Get Ready for Tomorrow|
Author: By Susan Black, Apparel
When I took on my first writing assignments for Apparel (then Bobbin) nearly 17 years ago, it would have been unseemly to imagine some of today's market realities.
|Honduras Holding its Own |
Author: By Kelly Stanmore and Bendict Pillionel, Special to Apparel
During the past two decades, export-driven measures, such as the 1987 Export Processing Zone Law and the 1992 Investment Law, have transformed Honduras' economic structure by providing the tools to foster economic development, providing fiscal incentives and improving the overall climate for both foreign and local investment in manufacturing.
|Industry Notes - November 2003|
Cone Mills filed for bankruptcy as part of an acquisition agreement with WL Ross & Co.
|Premiere Vision: Naturals, Reds and Corduroy Highlighted for Fall/Winter 2004/05 |
Author: RAYE RUDIE
At Premiere Vision, held Sept. 17-20 in Paris, France, natural fibers with wool, cotton and silk blends took center stage. Corduroy, hounds- tooth and herringbone also made a strong showing as designers and buyers geared up for fall/winter 2004/05.
|Product News - November 2003|
AL Systems has released a radio-frequency identification (RFID) solution.
|SEAMS, CAR Tackle Procurement |
Author: By compiled Tracy Haisley, Apparel
With a myriad of challenges facing small manufacturers looking for government contracts, Clemson Apparel Research (CAR) and SEAMS have joined forces to create a Web site and database that helps cut through the red tape.
|Simms Fishing Products: Keeping it Lean|
Author: By Gene Barbee, Special to Apparel
Finding the most effective approach to keeping costs competitive and maintaining jobs are two challenges facing many companies in the apparel industry.
|The Sourcing Balancing Act: Quick Turn, Quality, Price|
Author: By Kathleen DesMarteau, Apparel
Sourcing and manufacturing professionals from five diverse apparel firms made it clear in Apparel's 2nd annual Sourcing Roundtable discussion that balance is the key to successful sourcing strategy.