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Outlook 2014
12/2/2013
Optimism tinged with significant concerns about the true health of the economy and the prospects for growth might best describe the overall sentiment when it comes to retail in 2014. Read on to hear what members of Apparel’s Editorial Advisory Board and other industry executives had to say about gridlock in Washington, shifts in consumer demand, must-have technologies, an uptick in U.S. manufacturing, the TPP and much more of what will figure prominently in how the coming year plays out.

PLUS: Vendor Viewpoint Interview with Robert McKee, Global Fashion Industry Strategy Director, Infor
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Retail Business Models for the Future: The Convergence of Physical and Digital Channels
12/2/2013
Profitably serving consumers today — and tomorrow — across all channels.
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EKN: The New Cost Structure of Retail IT
11/26/2013
Technology is often spoken of as a strategic enabler of new-age retail. However, traditional org structures, outdated success metrics, and old school budgeting practices hinder the ability to realize full value from technology.. Download The New Cost Structure of Retail IT as it details the drivers changing the way retail IT is valued and offers solutions to meet the needs of retailers in a consumer-centric world.
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EKN: Industry Point of View: In-Store Mobility: A Microcosm of the Consumerization of IT
11/13/2013
Adopted smartly, consumerized technologies have the potential to deliver tremendous business efficiency and customer engagement benefits to retailers. EKN’s point of view highlights the 4 key stakeholders impacted by this “consumerization" of IT and the opportunity for retailers to go beyond the obvious.
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The Customer-Centric Supply Chain
10/30/2013
In today's retail environment  the consumer is calling the shots, influencing design all the way to delivery. As such, supply chains must be nimble, and supply chain technology must offer accurate visibility into production, inventory and the associated costs of moving product to meet demand.
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EKN Report: 2nd Annual Big Data in Retail
10/22/2013
Is Big Data reality or hype? In EKN’s view, retailers will do well to focus on pertinent issues Big Data brings into focus: Namely, the opportunity to improve customer-centric and operational decision-making by building deeper insight from a massive stream of internal and external data. But, are retailers ready?
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EKN: Customer-Centric Retailing Demands New Retailer Capabilities
10/8/2013
The convergence of 4 macro trends - a new normal economy, pervasive consumer technology adoption, individualization of the consumer and technology innovation - is reshaping retail. Retailers need a new set of capabilities to excel in this dynamic new environment.
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The Apparel Top 50: Rankings by Social Media Popularity
10/6/2013
The rate of fan and follower growth has slacked off slightly this year, but communicating with businesses via social media is second nature for consumers. 
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EKN State of the Industry Research Series: Omni-Channel Merchandising
10/4/2013
A product-centric merchandising strategy focused on maximizing sales within a channel is no longer acceptable. Today’s environment requires retailers to have a more integrated merchandising approach, focusing on maximizing lifetime value of a customer relationship, independent of channel. Download this report to uncover strategies for omnichannel merchandising effectiveness.
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RFID Takes Its Next Big Steps
10/1/2013
RFID is looking up — literally. Overhead “eye in the sky” type solutions that provide a continuous view of each store’s on-hand inventory have captured the imagination of several leading retailers.
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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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The Reinvention of B2B eCommerce The Reinvention of B2B eCommerce
5/1/2014
Online sales and marketing vehicles are one of the most important channels fashion has for engaging with customers, but optimizing the value of your electronic interactions can be a complex undertaking. Front-end websites must be user-friendly and smart, but just as critical is tight integration to the back office systems used to produce, manage, and control the products you sell. If you cannot create an online platform that delivers across all fronts, you’re missing critical opportunities to engage with customers, increase sales, and extend your market reach across global time zones. Read this White Paper – authored by Bob McKee, Infor Industry Strategy Director, where he will share insights into the eCommerce market and just how Fashion companies can deliver on a 24/7 sales economy.

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Benefit-Based Promotions: How to Capture Real Value Without Giving Away the Store Benefit-Based Promotions: How to Capture Real Value Without Giving Away the Store
5/1/2014
L.E.K. Consulting discusses how retailers can avoid promotional traps by using the benefit-based promotional strategy to garner higher same-store sales and more profitable and incremental sales.
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