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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 However, traditional org structures, outdated success metrics, and old school budgeting practices hinder the ability to realize full value from technology..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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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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