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The Apparel Top 50: Rankings by Social Media Popularity The Apparel Top 50: Rankings by Social Media Popularity
11/1/2014
U.S. consumers spend 7.4 hours staring at screens — daily. Hoping to reach consumers without a social media strategy is like hoping to win the lottery without buying a ticket.
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Matching Workforce to Store Traffic Matching Workforce to Store Traffic
11/1/2014
Leading retailers recognize that modern workforce management requires masterful alignment of the right employees, at the right time, with dynamic omnichannel demand.
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EKN: 2nd Annual Future of Stores EKN: 2nd Annual Future of Stores
10/27/2014
The role of the brick and mortar store is evolving from being a destination of commerce to being a hub of Omni-channel customer engagement. In order to consistently and smoothly dispense an Omni-channel experience to customers, retailers will need to re-train this organizational fiber. EKN’s 2014 Stores Industry Benchmark lays out a framework for how. The report illustrates 4 key properties of stores that retailers will need to transform and key enabling capabilities retailers will invest in to drive the above transformation. Each section contains specific short, medium and long-term recommendations and key data points.
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Straight Talk About RFID Straight Talk About RFID
10/6/2014
RFID continues to proliferate the world of fashion, with an uptick in use at both ends of the price spectrum. Apparel’s 8th RFID Report identifies the year’s most pertinent developments and shines the spotlight on industry leaders.
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The Fulfillment Revolution The Fulfillment Revolution
9/8/2014
Retailers have made great omnichannel inroads, yet opportunity remains to truly transform and align assortment planning and fulfillment. New technology and processes enable retailers to tackle this challenge — in a profitable fashion.
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2014 Guide to Software & IT Solutions 2014 Guide to Software & IT Solutions
9/3/2014
This special issue is a guide to suppliers of software and related IT solutions to the apparel marketplace, including vendor contact information, operating system requirements and a round-up of functions and services.

Plus! Industry Perspectives
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Apparel RFID: Enhancing the Customer Experience Apparel RFID: Enhancing the Customer Experience
9/2/2014
Leading apparel retailers are implementing item-level RFID solutions to optimize inventory productivity through improved accuracy and visibility, enabling an enhanced customer experience, a more efficient supply chain and improved bottom line.
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EKN: 2nd Annual Omni-channel Merchandising Benchmark EKN: 2nd Annual Omni-channel Merchandising Benchmark
8/15/2014
More than a decade after eCommerce became a highly viable channel and as the mobile channel continues to disrupt the industry, merchandising in retail is finally showing signs of a significant evolution. EKN's 2nd annual Omni-channel Merchandising Benchmark study, based on a survey of 100 retailers, lays out findings and analysis from the survey, presents prescriptive recommendations on what should be done to execute on a unified merchandising strategy, and outlines best practices - strategies, business processes and technology recommendations to that end.
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Mastering Next-Generation Planning: Materials and Production Planning to Drive Profitability Mastering Next-Generation Planning: Materials and Production Planning to Drive Profitability
8/1/2014
As shoppers demand greater product variety, they expect more frequent product innovation from their favorite apparel brands. This is pushing brands, retailers and manufacturers to reconsider a hands-on approach to sourcing raw materials and finished goods. To achieve this, companies are embracing more manufacturing-oriented solutions that enable them to plan, purchase and manage materials inventories more effectively.
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Strategy Shift: Collaboration, Tech Advancements Pave Path to Decentralized Sourcing Strategy Shift: Collaboration, Tech Advancements Pave Path to Decentralized Sourcing
8/1/2014
Global sourcing is moving toward a decentralized model for the first time in years as apparel companies look to improve speed, boost cost savings and improve efficiency in the supply chain.
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EKN: The Elusive Habitable Zone of Optimal Customer Engagement EKN: The Elusive Habitable Zone of Optimal Customer Engagement
7/10/2014
If one were to liken the new retailer-consumer relationship dynamic to a binary star system - the retailer and the consumer are both stars that exude gravitational force, creating a complex mechanism of push & pull. The optimal customer experience that is beneficial to both the customer and the retailer is created by a balance of push & pull. This Point of View illustrates an elusive “habitable customer zone” where these gravitational forces find balance, characteristics of retailers in the Habitable Zone and foundational building blocks of a balanced customer engagement strategy.
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EKN: Solutions & Strategies for Supply Chain Assurance & Collaboration: A Retailer's Quest for a Unified Buying Cycle EKN: Solutions & Strategies for Supply Chain Assurance & Collaboration: A Retailer's Quest for a Unified Buying Cycle
7/10/2014
Retailers work with thousands of suppliers, factories, and all other 3rd parties everyday using established legacy procurement processes despite constant pressure to attain P2P process efficiencies. This complex relationship between retailers and supply chain network involves a series of collaborative linkage points in physical and financial supply chain. This Point of View lays out the process re-design and systems automation strategy of retailers that is important for P2P transformation and will benefit the entire retail supply chain ecosystem.
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ERP Selection: Uncovering Value Beyond the Checklist ERP Selection: Uncovering Value Beyond the Checklist
7/1/2014
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions by their very nature have comprehensive functionality. But how can you gauge whether features on the vendor’s checklist will meet your business needs? A well-planned software selection process makes all the difference.
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The Apparel Top 50 for 2014 The Apparel Top 50 for 2014
6/30/2014
Looking for growth in a challenging environment, The Top 50 ramped up global expansion plans, outlet store development, new product categories and third-party partnerships, while continuing to bring their enterprises closer to omnichannel perfection as they strive to meet the ever-evolving demands of the consumer.
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EKN 3rd Annual Analytics in Retail Benchmark Report EKN 3rd Annual Analytics in Retail Benchmark Report
6/23/2014
Now in its 3rd year, EKN’s annual Analytics in Retail industry benchmark is based on a survey of 200+ retailers. Consistent with findings of past studies, retailers continue to view analytics as extremely strategic, yet struggle to derive commensurate value from their analytics investments. 80% state they lag behind Amazon in terms of strategic use of analytics. In this report we present findings and analysis from the research and outline a 4-step approach for retailers to bridge this value realization gap.
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Discover How To Keep Up With More of Your Mobile Customers
6/24/2014 11:00:00 AM (EST)
Moderator:
Susan Nichols, Publisher, Apparel Magazine
Panelists:
Ron Klein, "Total Retail" Service Leader, PwC Advisory
Annabelle Hoover, Director of Customer Service, North America, BROOKS SPORTS, INC.
Marie-Pascale Authie, Solution Consultant, Infor Fashion
Bob McKee, Industry Strategy Director, Infor Fashion
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Planning in the Omnichannel World with a Single View of Inventory
5/13/2014 11:00:00 AM (EST)
Moderator:
Susan Nichols, Publisher, Apparel Magazine
Panelists:
Rich Pedott, Partner, Columbus Consulting
Peter Charness, SVP America’s & CMO, TXT MAPLE LAKE
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A Model for Change – Part 1: The Need for Transformation A Model for Change – Part 1: The Need for Transformation
11/1/2014
The pace of fashion has never been faster. Fast fashion, social media and mobile technologies have given consumers the power of instantaneous sharing. The market is increasingly saturated and consumers increasingly sophisticated, which makes tried and true fashion strategies such as geographic expansion and internationalization more complex than in the past. The fashion industry--our industry and the way we work--has been forever changed. This paper highlights the major shifts that have led fashion to its current state and how companies are responding to the new fashion landscape, suggesting a model for change.

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Solutions & Strategies for Supply Chain Assurance and Collaboration: A Retailer's Quest for a Unified Buying Cycle Solutions & Strategies for Supply Chain Assurance and Collaboration: A Retailer's Quest for a Unified Buying Cycle
10/1/2014
P2P gaps plague retail relations with suppliers, 3rd party logistics and other partners. The impact? Escalated transaction costs per invoice, low contract compliance, longer lead times for orders, slow cash-cash conversion cycles, increased chargebacks and vendor dissatisfaction. A major opportunity exists for streamlining one vision of an integrated purchase order and creating a unified buy­ing cycle for the retailer, supply chain partners and the overall network. Retail industry analyst Sahir Anand from Edgell Knowledge Network describes how to create a single view and vision for orders and supply chain transactions - from source to settlement to sale - across any channel.
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