November 2010

Cover Story:

Columbia Sportswear: Putting the Heat on the Skeptics

11/04/2010 -

On a mission to keep you warm, dry, and plugged in, Columbia Sportswear is focused on innovation that will knock your socks off -- but keep your tootsies warm -- while taking its business, and the entire outerwear industry, where it's never been before.

Editor's Note:

Moving from Sustainability to Resilience

11/03/2010 - Jordan K. Speer

I recently read a fascinating article in Ode magazine about the need to view the world through the lens of resilience vs. sustainability -- in other words, asking the question, "how do I thrive?" vs. "how do I survive?" by looking at how we can adapt our systems to inevitable social, ecological and economic changes.

The Market:

Tapping the Tech Toolbox

11/03/2010 - By Christian Chensvold

From social media to mobile apps, fashion brands large and small are turning to technology to grow and thrive.

The Market: Briefs:

Belk Inc. Launches New Corporate Identity: 'Modern. Southern. Style.'

11/03/2010 -

With its 125th anniversary less than three years away, Belk Inc., the nation's largest privately owned mainline department store, has launched an updated corporate identity that projects the company's restated mission "to satisfy the modern Southern lifestyle like no one else, so that our customers get the fashion they desire and the value they deserve." Becomes Exclusive U.S. Retailer for NEXT

11/03/2010 - has announced a partnership with the United Kingdom's fashion retailer NEXT to bring the high-end brand to its customers as its exclusive U.S. retailer.

The Gymboree Corporation to Be Acquired By Bain Capital

11/03/2010 -

The Gymboree Corporation and Bain Capital Partners LLC have announced an agreement under which Bain Capital will acquire all the outstanding stock of Gymboree for $65.40 per share, or $1.8 billion.

Walmart Announces Intent to Acquire South Africa-Based Massmart

11/03/2010 -

Walmart has made a proposal to acquire Massmart, based in Johannesburg and the leading African retailer of general merchandise, home improvement equipment and supplies.

Retail Intelligence: In Brief:

LBi Brings 'Fitting Room Magic' to Macy's

11/03/2010 -

Macy's Magic Fitting Room brings digital commerce to life and combines in-store shopping with digital luxuries of social, online and mobile capabilities.

Survival of the Fittest: Retailers Grapple with Social Media, Technology

11/03/2010 - Jessica Binns

At retail software solutions provider Epicor's annual Perspectives conference, the consensus was in: retailers need to adapt to emerging technologies--such as social media and mobile apps--in order to survive and thrive. 

Wet Seal Offers Mobile App for Customers

11/03/2010 -

Wet Seal customers using the SWAGG mobile application can buy and send gift cards, manage their loyalty program membership and receive promotional offers on the go.

Xsilva Launches LightSpeed Mobile for Storewide Retail

11/03/2010 -

Xsilva Systems' new POS platform allows retailers to engage with customers from anywhere in the store.

Supply Chain: Case Study:

TOM TAILOR Manages Supply Chain With Setlog's OSCA

11/03/2010 - Masha Zager

Sourcing from 120 manufacturers in 12 countries takes a lot of coordination. But with Setlog's supply chain management tool, it no longer takes a lot of e-mails.

Supply Chain: In Brief:

Alexander Wang Goes Live on Cloud-Based FashionManager PLM/ERP Solution

11/03/2010 -

RLM Apparel Software Systems Inc. has announced that New York-based fashion brand Alexander Wang Inc. has implemented the RLM FashionManager On-Demand enterprise software solution.

Hanesbrands Implements VMT Demand-Sensing Solution

11/03/2010 -

The consumer goods giant chooses VMT system to increase sell-through performance and improve inventory visibility.;

New Panjiva Platform Makes It Easier to Find Overseas Suppliers

11/03/2010 -

Global trade solutions provider Panjiva has introduced the most recent version of its supply chain intelligence platform, an online information source designed to provide visibility into overseas suppliers.

Sourcing & Logistics: In Brief:

Damco Launches Retail Direct for End-to-End Visibility

11/03/2010 -

Damco, a full service global freight forwarder and supply chain management company, has announced Retail Direct, an end-to-end -- from point of manufacture to final destination -- logistics management solution designed to help retailers reduce supply chain risk, enhance supply chain optimization, and more effectively source products directly overseas.

Report: Import Cargo Volume Expected to Rise in October

11/03/2010 -

A report by the NRF and Hackett Associates indicates that import cargo volume at the nation€™s major ports should be 11 percent higher this month than in October 2009.

WRAP to Host CSR Conference

11/03/2010 -

The two-day event focuses on developing business with socially and environmentally friendly practices.

Concept-to-Spec: In Brief:

Centric Announces a Collection Book for the Fashion iPad app

11/03/2010 -

Centric Software has introduced the interactive, patent-pending mobile Centric 8 Collection Book for Fashion iPad app, designed to allow high fashion houses and designers to present the most up-to-date collections to buyers faster.

NCSU College of Textiles Implements Lectra Vector Cutting Solution

11/03/2010 -

The implementation of Lectra's automated cutting solution will help foster collaboration among textile program students and bring industry professionals to the North Carolina State University campus.

Pantone's CAPSURE Tool Measures and Matches Color Quickly

11/03/2010 -

Pantone's new handheld device uses tri-directional image capture technology to provide accurate color results. 

Fiber-to-Fabric: In Brief:

adidas Unveils TECHFIT Football Jerseys for NCAA Teams

11/03/2010 -

adidas has unveiled its new TECHFIT compression football jerseys for seven NCAA teams: Michigan, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Cincinnati, UCLA, Texas A&M and Louisville.

Billabong Adds drirelease Technology to Surfer Tees

11/03/2010 -

Billabong's partnership with New Apparel Science will give surf customers access to other drirelease products.

Haggar Chooses Unifi's REPREVE Recycled Fiber for "Green" Line of Pants

11/03/2010 -

Men's apparel brand Haggar Clothing Co. and Unifi Inc. have partnered to create a line of sustainable men's pants featuring Unifi's REPREVE recycled fiber. The new eco-friendly collection consists of four styles from casual to dressy, each featuring a straighter, more contemporary fit.

Monnet Adds Arkema's Rilsan Fiber to Socks

11/03/2010 -

One year after the market launch by Arkema of its Rilsan 11 biosourced polyamide grade for the spinning of high performance synthetic textile fibers, the very first manufactured articles are entering the market.

TenCate Improves TenCate Defender M Flame Resistant Fabric for Marines

11/03/2010 -

TenCate Protective Fabrics USA has developed an improved version of its TenCate Defender M Flame Resistant fabric for U.S. Marine Corps uniforms that it reports has improved durability, to give the Marines more protection on the battlefield in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Issue Article:

Crowley Expands Logistics Offerings in Puerto Rico with Islandwide Acquisition and Partnership

11/03/2010 -

Its new acquisition and partnership will allow Crowley to offer customers a full suite of logistics services, including ocean and air transportation, trucking, transportation management and warehouse services in Puerto Rico.

Denim: Keeping Your Body — and Your Buildings — Warm

11/03/2010 -

Levi Strauss and Gap offer programs to recycle denim into insulation.

Lands' End Launches Live Video Chat Nationwide

11/03/2010 -

With a revolutionary new online video chat tool that pairs state-of-the-art technology with Lands' End's customer service, the company is providing real-time personal shoppers to its customers via the click of a button.


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