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Articles by Niki Tait
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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