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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
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
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
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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EKN: Retail Innovation & Technology: Viewpoints on Merchandise Innovation
6/9/2014
Product innovation in retail is taking center-stage. Three major trends characterize how retailers are responding to the immediate market and customer need for a differentiated merchandise or product strategy.

EKN's Retail Innovation & Technology: Viewpoints on Merchandise Innovation report, based on 90+ retailer respondents, illustrates retailers’ merchandise innovation, new product development initiatives and adoption of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) technologies, and offer prescriptive recommendations based on four distinct pillars of merchandise or product innovation.
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Re-examining Omnichannel with Next-Generation Demand Chain Management
5/30/2014
As consumers become more digitally-savvy, their demands are changing the way they shop for and procure merchandise. As a result, fashion brands are focusing on next-generation supply chain solutions, a commitment that enables them to efficiently respond to consumer demand, and deliver the customer experience loyal shoppers expect.
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Collaboration 2.0: The Empowered Supply Chain
5/30/2014
“Collaboration” is a well-worn word in the industry, but it has taken on new meaning in light of cloud computing networks and progressive practices for sharing everything from forecasts to financial risk.
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PLM for Apparel 2014: The Next Stage of Alignment Begins to Take Shape
5/30/2014
9th Annual Apparel Magazine Research Study:
Looking ahead to the factors that apparel companies believe will shape the next stage of PLM maturity, we find that while cost management remains the top influence, strategies related to the orchestration of product design and development activities cumulatively surpass cost cutting as the primary expected influence over the next three years.
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2014 Top Innovators
5/1/2014
Apparel congratulates its 2014 Innovators for their moxie, creativity and good old-fashioned elbow grease — because, let’s face it, turning innovation into reality means getting your hands dirty! This year’s award winners moved the industry forward in a host of truly unique ways.
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PLM Without Boundaries: Orchestrating the Global Fashion Enterprise
4/30/2014
Apparel brands and retailers can leverage product lifecycle management (PLM) tools to achieve synchronization and orchestration — however, they must embrace the concept of “PLM without boundaries” to facilitate the flow of information that drives all aspects of the global apparel enterprise, beginning with seasonal forecasts and ending only when finished product is purchased by the consumer.
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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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