| In This Issue|
| Magazine Sections|
|Joltin' Joe: Joseph Abboud's Big Comeback|
Author: Christian Chensvold
Energized by a new team with a bold vision of reinvention, Joseph Abboud looks to shed its regular guy image.
|Making Exclusivity Inclusive|
Author: Jordan K. Speer
Woody Allen's character's self-deprecating line in Annie Hall that he "would never want to belong to any club that would have someone like [him] for a member" is incredibly funny, but it also draws on some common (and sometimes conflicting) human characteristics: to want to belong, to want to stand apart, to imagine the grass as greener elsewhere, to wrestle with ourselves.
|Social Media: It's All About Engagement|
Reaping rewards from social networking requires not just presence, but active commitment.
|The Market: Briefs:|
|ASICS Purchases Outdoor Products Company for More Than $130 Million|
Japanese athletic footwear and equipment company Asics announced Monday that it has agreed to purchase 100 percent of Swedish outdoors products company Haglöfs for 1 billion Swedish Krona, ($133.42 million USD currently).
|Liz Claiborne Branded Outlet Stores to Close by Early 2011|
Following a comprehensive review, Liz Claiborne Inc. has announced plans to exit its 87 Liz Claiborne branded outlet stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, focusing on building the brand through its partnerships with JCPenney and QVC, set to launch next month.
|Maggie's Organics Launches Fair Labor-Certified Clothing Line|
Maggie's Organics reports that it is now the first manufacturer in the world to sell clothing that is independently certified to a new standard for Fair Labor Practices and Community Benefits.
|Mango Sets Up Shop in JCPenney|
With the launch of MNG by Mango, JCPenney brings Euro fast fashion to its customers.
|Retail Intelligence: Case Study:|
|Casual Male Crunches Data Faster with Netezza's Retail Analytic Appliance|
A combo technology solution is providing the retailer with greater insight into its business, allowing it to optimize inventory, pricing, allocation and assortment across its channels.
|Retail Intelligence: In Brief:|
|A/X Armani Exchange to Monetize Video Content with Clickable Video Technology |
Video commerce provider Overlay.TV and e-commerce software and solutions provider MarketLive Inc. have announced that joint customer Armani/Exchange will implement Overlay.TV's clickable video on its e-commerce site, which is built on the MarketLive Intelligent Commerce Platform.
|Escalate Retail's New Blue Martini Commerce Suite Includes Multi-Channel "Web Services Manager" |
Escalate Retail, the provider of solutions designed to help "retailers reinvent the shopping experience for their customers," announced that the latest release of its Blue Martini Commerce Suite includes a new Web Services Manager (WSM) layer to simplify and streamline integration across channels.
|Fontana Sports Redesigns E-Commerce Site to Increase Traffic and Improve Navigation|
Celerant Technology has announced the recent completion of a website redesign for its client, Fontana Sports.
|IBM to Buy Netezza|
IBM has announced its intention to acquire Netezza Corporation for net price of approximately $1.7 billion.
|NEXCOM Selects QuantiSense Retail Merchandising Operations|
A new retail-specific solution from QuantiSense will help NEXCOM better understand its business at the store level across varied retail locations.
|Plus Size Retailer Avenue Launches New iPhone Application|
Using Avenue's new iPhone application, shoppers can browse new arrivals, search for specific items, take advantage of Avenue's promotions and deals, make purchases with just a few clicks, and find the closest Avenue retail store.
|Supply Chain: Case Study:|
|Bonobos: Taking Men out of the Dressing Room|
As men flock to its great-fitting pants, the company is working to make sure its supply chain and fulfillment operations can keep pace with its sales growth.
|Supply Chain: In Brief:|
|ILoveVelvet Unveils Mobile Retail Solution for U.S. Market|
With its technology already deployed in Europe at such companies as Louis Vuitton and Gucci, ILoveVelvet is bringing its suite of customer experience technology solutions to the United States retail market.
|Manhattan Associates: Under Armour Achieves Record Product Shipments Through WMS |
Manhattan Associates reported today in a press release that Under Armour has achieved record product shipments following the deployment of the vendor's WMS.
|Motorola Sells Assets to Nokia Siemens for $1.2 Billion |
Find out how the deal impacts both companies.
|Sourcing & Logistics:|
|China's Job "Yuan": Confronting Its Challenges|
Author: By Manik Mehta
The author says China is faced with apparel production issues related to rising production and labor costs and the appreciation of its currency.
|Sourcing & Logistics: In Brief:|
|a2b Expands Relationship with Orchard Brands' Haband Division|
a2b is performing receiving, storage, kitting, assembly, rework and reverse logistics tasks for Haband, letting the company focus on its catalog operations.
|Concept-to-Spec: In Brief:|
|Massif Mountain Gear Selects TEXbase for Material Lifecycle Management |
Massif, supplier of flame-resistant, high-performance apparel to the military, law enforcement and other high risk professions, has chosen TEXbase to streamline its material development, color approval and compliance processes.
|Romania Embarks upon Serial Measurement Program|
Following the extensive serial measurement programs conducted in recent years in the United States, China and in many European countries, Romania now has its own underway.
|Shapewear Designer SPANX Implements NGC's PLM and Global Sourcing Software|
NGC (New Generation Computing) recently announced that shapewear innovator SPANX has begun implementation of NGC's e-PLM and e-SPS software for PLM and global sourcing.
|TradeStone Retail PLM Solution Selected for Lord & Taylor, Hudson's Bay Stores |
North American Retailer The Hudson's Bay Trading Company (THBTC), the venerable North American retailer whose entities include all 47 Lord & Taylor stores and Canadian department stores including The Bay, Zellers and Home Outfitters, has selected the full suite of PLM software from TradeStone, it was recently announced.
|Fiber-to-Fabric: In Brief:|
|AATCC Releases Textile Fiber Supplement|
ATCC has released a new guide, Textile Fiber Supplement, for fiber identification and analysis.
|New Online Presence for Allied International, Embroidery Hoops and Accessories Provider|
Allied International, distributor of patented Allied Grid-Lock plastic and wooden embroidery hoops and accessories, announced it now has a full e-commerce website.
|NFL Players Adopt SIGVARIS Athletic Recovery Sock with drirelease|
The drirelease; brand of high-performance fabrics has found its way to the playing field of professional football via the adoption of its SIGVARIS Athletic Recovery Socks by the Indianapolis Colts and the Atlanta Falcons.
|TMC Offers Transparent Wool Supply Chain|
The Merino Company (TMC) is offering a Sheep to Shelf (S2S) traceability program that it says provides complete transparency and traceability and guarantees the integrity of the wool fiber throughout the entire supply chain.