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In just under a week's time the world's fourth largest trade fair venue will open its doors to IMB 2009. The last IMB event in 2006 welcomed some 25,000 visitors to view the latest in apparel and textile technology from around 600 exhibitors.
The biggest, the best, the smallest, and the most revolutionary clothing machinery developments were all on show at IMB 2006. Niki Tait visited the fair in Cologne, Germany and reports here on some of the highlights set to open up new opportunities for garment makers.
New software products to help take the pain out of bringing complex collections to market led the field at IMB 2006. Intended to tackle the problem of managing and controlling product data and imagery throughout the supply chain, added benefits often include dramatic increases in speed to market.
Upscale US fashion retailer Nordstrom is switching to an innovative POS system in the cloud in a bid to attend to customers more quickly, and better manage and track information.
Private equity firm Koch Equity Development has completed its US$2bn investment in business softwear supplier Infor.
Danish-owned fashion manufacturer LTP Group is implementing a cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to help improve lead-time and warehousing processes throughout its supply chain and drive growth.
Business softwear supplier Infor is planning to ramp up its growth after securing a $2bn investment from private equity firm Koch Equity Development.
India-based branded hosiery specialist Dixcy Textiles is deploying a new ERP system to help enhance its core business processes and employee user experience.
Global lifestyle retailer Cath Kidston is implementing a cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to help support its global operations and underpin international growth.
Hong Kong based manufacturing giant TAL Apparel Limited is implementing a cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to help support an agile business model targeting high-end brands.
US-based cloud softwear provider Infor has partnered with US footwear retailer DSW Inc to deliver a back-office transformation for DSW and a new converged commerce application for modern retailing.
US-based cloud software provider Infor has completed its acquisition of retail software developer Starmount, in a move that will help accelerate delivery of its new Infor CloudSuite Retail enterprise applications.
Business software supplier Infor has unveiled the next generation of its Fashion Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) tool, designed to help retail companies with faster innovation, quicker response times and more informed decision-making.
Six months after taking a stake in Predictix, a cloud predictive and prescriptive analytics solution for retailers, business softwear supplier Infor has bought the business.
Men’s ready-to-wear fashion brand Celio has deployed Infor’s Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution to streamline the development cycle of new product launches.
Xtep (Group) Co Ltd, a manufacturer and distributor of casual sports apparel, footwear and accessories in China, has gone live with Infor’s product lifecycle management solution, Infor PLM Runtime.
Footwear manufacturer and distributor Muang Thong Mahachai Co Ltd has gone live with a new ERP system to help it detect demand changes, reforecast, rebalance inventory allocation and optimise its product schedules.
Infor, one of the world’s largest providers of enterprise software, has completed three acquisitions which broaden its offerings and provide a wider choice of products for customers.
Private equity firm Golden Gate Capital has completed its acquisition of software developer Geac Computer Corporation Limited.
Geac Computer Corporation Limited has been bought by private equity firm Golden Gate Capital for US$1.0 billion. The deal is expected to close in the first calendar quarter of 2006.
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