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Niki Tait

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Costing by pictures is a key feature of GSD QuestIMB Select: retail applications on show 22 December 2010

IMB Select, the new two-day textile and apparel IT exhibition in Germany, promised a platform to showcase the latest software developments specifically for the fashion and textile supply chain. In the second of two reports, Niki Tait looks at some of the retail applications on show.


IT systems for the fashion industry were on show at IMB Select 2010IMB Select: web-based systems on show 21 December 2010

IMB Select, the new two-day textile and apparel IT exhibition in Germany, promised a platform to showcase the latest software developments specifically for the fashion and textile supply chain. In the first of two reports, Niki Tait looks at some of the web-based systems on show.


The new Siruba F007K flat hemming machine available at the end of 2010New technologies for garment production 8 September 2010

This roundup highlights some of the more unusual products which caught Niki Tait's eye at the recent SPESA Expo and Techtexil North America exhibitions in Altanta, Georgia.


Organisers are planning the next IMB in 2012COMMENT: European technology shows fight for space 7 September 2010

Europe is heading for a showdown between two sewn products technology fairs: the long-established IMB and newcomer Texprocess. But one thing is clear, says Niki Tait: there will not be room in Germany, let alone Europe, for both events.


Lean manufacturing involves taking the waste out of the supply chainSOURCING: Building the supply chain of the future 15 June 2010

Today's apparel producers are being judged on a value proposition that includes both price and speed to market. But to be successful requires more than a change in sales effort. It requires a commitment to lean manufacturing, with a redesign of organisational structure and business processes to meet new and ever-changing goals. Niki Tait reports.


Global sourcing perspectives: things to consider 4 June 2010

One of the biggest challenges for brands and retailers of all sizes is how to source products and where to source them from. And one of the best ways to formulate a sourcing strategy is to tap into insights from other firms. Niki Tait attended a special session at the recent SPESA Expo where Gap, JCPenney, VF Corp and Soma Intimates were all on hand to share their thoughts.


FastFit360 communicates style and fit changes visually via the InternetSOURCING: Reducing time for fitting samples 2 June 2010

One of the biggest challenges faced by retailers, brands and their suppliers is how to speed up garment design and development when most of the people involved in the process work in different places - often in different time zones and speaking different languages.


Charnos takes the plunge with a brand new bra 25 October 2000

The underwired bra accounts for 60 per cent of the market, but women with average or fuller busts must wonder why it is so popular. It is uncomfortable, non-machine washable, and difficult to make, but there has been nothing to replace it - until now. Niki Tait talks to Tony Hodges, brand chairman of the Charnos Group about its revolutionary new 'Bioform' bra.


IMB 2000 ― solutions not innovations 7 June 2000

Trade exhibitions offer one of the best opportunities to gauge the overall changes that are taking place within an industry, and IMB 2000 was no exception to this rule. Staged every three years in Cologne, Germany, this was the tenth event in its history and confirmed the tremendous global shift that has occurred in clothing production. As a result it was a very different platform from previous shows. International companies accounted for 64 per cent of exhibitors, and their stands were dominated by products aimed at meeting the short-term needs of manufacturers around the world. Innovation was notable by its absence.


Pressing - the finishing touch 25 May 2000

In the lead up to the IMB international clothing machinery exhibition which takes place in Cologne, Germany from 30 May to 3 June, some of the key suppliers reveal what is new in the world of pressing. In addition to conventional under and top pressing, there is a growing need to 'freshen up' garments and remove the creases that result from transportation. Increasing variations in garment types, styles, sizes and fabrics, combined with a general reduction in order sizes, bring additional challenges for the producers of pressing and finishing equipment.


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