by Kathleen DesMarteau and Staci Kusterbeck, Apparel
U.S. importers are casting a wary eye on how this year's safeguard embargoes could affect their ability to import from China in 2006, especially during the first quarter.
PLM solutions, virtual 3-D technologies and improved color management practices take the lead when it comes to solutions that are improving front-end supply chain visibility.
Projecting demand -- not just reacting to it -- is a focal point for apparel retailers and the industry's technology providers.
To reap the rewards of the most efficient apparel supply chain, you (and your supply chain partners!) must excel at data synchronization.
Virtual dressing rooms, sophisticated CRM, web analytics and seamless fulfillment continue to be critical for apparel firms eager to profit from online sales.
Apparel brands and retailers are gearing up to master the multichannel challenge.
Apparel firms turn to technology to help them achieve a seemingly impossible feat: reducing lead times even as supply chains grow physically longer and more complex.
The pressure is on apparel firms to achieve incongruous objectives: 1) Make clothes available to the consumer immediately; 2) Keep little or no inventory.