November 2011

Cover Story:

[Shop]-Kickin' It Into Gear

10/26/2011 - Deena M. Amato-McCoy

Apparel retailers use location-based apps to drive loyalty and sales.

The Market:

Selling to the New Chinese Consumer

10/23/2011 -

While label-conscious conspicuous consumption dominates the tastes of the newly wealthy Chinese consumer, a more subtle sophistication is evolving at the uppermost echelons of society.

The Market: Briefs:

Liz Claiborne Refocuses on Retail

10/26/2011 -

Black Friday's Allure Fades This Holiday Season, Survey Finds

10/10/2011 -

Only 44 percent of survey respondents say they're likely to hit the stores on the day after Thanksgiving, when retailers offer deep discounts and big deals to kick off the holiday shopping season.

Kellwood Launches Rock'N'Roll-Inspired Denim Brand

09/27/2011 -

Lamb & Flag launches in November 2011 with three stores in southern California that will carry the Lamb & Flag collection and other complementary brands.

Retail Intelligence: Case Study:

With iPad App, GUESS? Isn't Guessing on Planning and Allocating

10/12/2011 -

The apparel brand's business intelligence team developed an iPad application that buyers, planners and allocators love to use — and that delivers real-time data to help employees act quickly and make well-informed decisions.

Retail Intelligence: In Brief:

1&1 MyWebsite: Fit for Facebook and Smartphones

09/27/2011 -

1&1 MyWebsite owners can now optimize their sites for use on smartphones and take advantage of social media integration.

Donna Karan Chooses Maple Lake for Assortment Planning

06/21/2011 -

The international fashion retailer has deployed Maple Lake's QuickAssortment software to customize store offerings based on customer preference in each geographical area.

Checkpoint Unveils Loss Prevention, Inventory Visibility RFID Solution

06/15/2011 -

Find out how Checkpoint's RFID Overhead EAS Solution helps retailers to reduce shrink and improve inventory visibility at the point of exit.

Supply Chain: Case Study:

David's Bridal Ties the Knot with DOM Software

10/26/2011 - By Amy Roach Partridge

With improved customer delivery times, a more accurate picture of inventory, and support for its growing e-commerce channel, David's Bridal finds a perfect match in Manhattan Associates' DOM solution.

Supply Chain: In Brief:

Redbox Addresses Security in Multi-site Retail Environment

10/26/2011 -

Jesta I.S. App Improves Communication Across the Supply Chain

09/27/2011 -

Vision Mobile enables retailers, wholesalers and brand manufacturers to efficiently connect with the creators and consumers of enterprise information.

Esquel Group Drives Growth with Planning Software

09/15/2011 -

Esquel Group turned to FastReact to centralize its capacity management and production planning capabilities across its manufacturing facilities in China, Malaysia, Mauritius, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

Sourcing & Logistics:

Sourcing in the Western Hemisphere

10/26/2011 - Masha Zager

Driven by the rising cost of labor in Asia, as well as other factors including transportation costs, time to market and concerns about political upheaval, apparel executives are taking a closer look at the Western Hemisphere to determine if it can better meet some of their sourcing needs.

Fiber-to-Fabric: In Brief:

Less Water, Electricity, Materials but Same Dyeing Results at Kingwhale

10/26/2011 -

New Polyester Fiber Absorbs Water and Sweat while Repelling Oils

10/26/2011 -

Seaweed's the Secret Behind Earth-Friendly Apparel

09/15/2011 -

IMAGINE GreenWear taps organic cotton and seaweed-based dyes to create collections for men, women, children and babies.

Martex: "Your Waste Is Our Raw Material"

07/05/2011 -

Learn about Martex's efforts to achieve zero-landfill operations with new products and manufacturing facility expansions.

Research and Reports:

Unified ERP: The Backbone of The Modern Apparel Company

10/25/2011 -

In a break from the past, many apparel companies today are opting for a more unified and modern ERP solution, one that incorporates much of the traditional PLM functionality as well as some supply chain management capabilities.


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