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RFID: Opening the Door to Omni-Channel Retailing
9/29/2011
Apparel’s 5th RFID Report examines the state of retail adoption of RFID and makes the case that RFID is the only technology that can ensure the inventory accuracy and transparency required for retailers to be able to quickly, accurately and efficiently fulfill orders emanating from any channel, from any location.


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PLM-Plus: The New Standard of Competitiveness
9/28/2011
Next-generation PLM systems, often web-based and known as extended PLM or PLM-plus, are giving apparel firms a leg up in successfully combining traditional product lifecycle management capabilities with functionality more typically associated with global sourcing and supply chain management tools. The result is increased efficiency and cost savings and dramatic improvements in speed to market.


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Merchandising Today: Using Technology to Give Customers Exactly What They Want
9/1/2011
To achieve high-tech, hyper-local and uber-specific consumer-centric merchandising, apparel companies are relying on a veritable arsenal of technology to deliver precise and measurable results.

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2011 Guide to Software and IT Solutions
9/1/2011
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.

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Excellence in Global Sourcing: What a Difference Five Years Makes
7/25/2011
While diversification, control and visibility remain as tenets for sourcing executives, today’s landscape has changed significantly, the stakes are higher and the need for technology is more critical than ever.

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The Apparel Top 50: Rankings by Social Media Popularity
7/21/2011
Apparel’s second annual ranking finds apparel companies gathering Facebook fans and Twitter followers at a rapid pace, and seeking to monetize social media as the stakes grow higher. 

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Marrying Your Physical and Financial Supply Chains To Create End-to-End Benefits
7/5/2011
By working closely with suppliers and finance partners on innovative financing methods, and utilizing new web technologies to connect the physical and financial supply chains, apparel companies can keep costs at bay and continue to do what they do best: make the garments that consumers love.

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The Apparel Top 50 for 2011
6/30/2011
After several years of cost-cutting and right-sizing, apparel companies are expanding internationally, building better flagship stores, and investing in their strongest brands. Read up on the 50 leading publically-traded firms, ranked according to profit margins.

#1 lululemon athletica
It turns out that namaste means “really big profits.” Who knew? While its customers rest comfortably in shivasana (that’s the final yoga pose), lululemon is achieving bliss of a different sort. To put its profit margin of 17.11 percent in perspective: in the 20 years that Apparel has published its Top 50 report, no company has ever broken the 17 percent threshold, and just two (Wet Seal and True Religion) came even close, breaking the 16 percent threshold in FY2009, and both FY2008 and FY2007, respectively. So, what is the secret to financial nirvana?  While lululemon’s soaring profits reflect an uneven economic recovery that saw high-income consumers ready to splurge on luxury items — such as $100 yoga pants — as others proceeded with caution, the company’s success also stems from its relentless focus on customer and product. Yoga instructors offer in-store classes (and drive brand awareness) while behind the scenes the company has grown its men’s clothing business and rapidly expanded into running wear and other new categories such as bags, underwear and outerwear, while not losing sight of its core yoga business. Last year it introduced Silverescent, a line of yoga performance wear with silver-thread odor-fighting technology for easy transitioning from the gym to Starbucks.

#2 The Buckle
Buckle up for another great ride, as this denim destination turns in another fantastic performance, with net sales up 5.7 percent to a record $949.8 million and net income up 5.8 percent to $134.7 million. 2010 also marked the 4th consecutive year of positive comp-store sales, which were up 1.2 percent. Buckle’s private-label brands continued to flourish, growing from 29 percent to 33 percent of the business, and expanded to include new offerings and several brand extensions, including the expansion of bestselling brand BKE across all product categories. Building on its reputation for exceptional customer service, the company expanded its loyalty program by partnering with key brands to offer one-of-a-kind promotions, and enhanced its personalized shopping program, Get Fitted, with the addition of call-ahead shopping appointments. Buckle completed its new 240,000-square-foot DC in Kearney, Neb., opened 21 new stores and completed 25 full remodels, while also focusing on the online experience, helping to grow buckle.com sales by 19.3 percent to $62.4 million, or 6.6 percent of net sales.

To read about all of the Top 50 companies, download the report now.


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PLM for Apparel 2011: The Drive for Innovation Stretches PLM Boundaries
5/24/2011
Apparel firms are expanding the scope of PLM activities and upping investment plans, according to the 6th Annual Apparel and Gartner Research Study & Analysis.

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A PLM for Every User
5/24/2011
Whether seeking a standalone system for managing product design or a robust solution that is closely integrated with enterprise software, apparel companies have plenty of PLM options to choose from. They just need to find the one that fits.

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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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