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Centric Software is using the investment to expand into AsiaTECHNOLOGY: Li & Fung capital helps PLM firm expand into Asia 30 Jul 14

Kitty So

Global sourcing firm Li & Fung is investing in US-based Centric Software, a provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software to the apparel industry, helping the US company's expansion into Asia.


Pricing pressure and currency headwinds are still denting UK retailerANALYSIS: UK retail profit warnings hit new high 29 Jul 14

Michelle Russell

Intense competition, pricing pressure and currency headwinds are still denting UK retailer's expectations of an economic recovery, taking profit warnings to their highest first-half total for three years, new figures reveal.


Analysts offered an upbeat view of NextNext Q2 trading update: What the analysts say 29 Jul 14

Michelle Russell

Next this morning (29 July) saw its share price climb after it announced it was upping its full-year sales and earnings guidance.


East African countries are aggressively courting foreign investors to revive their textiles and apparel industriesANALYSIS: Africa courts clothing and textile investment 28 Jul 14

Bertha M Rinjeu

East African countries are aggressively courting foreign investors to revive their textiles and apparel industries.


The constant flow of innovations such as ClutchFit is an outgrowth of the category strategies Under Armour has developedIN THE MONEY: Diversification a key focus for Under Armour 28 Jul 14

Katie Smith

With abundant growth opportunities in the pipeline at Under Armour, the performance apparel, footwear and accessories brand has said it aims to look back on 2014 as a pivotal year in its diversification. And five of its business categories bringing diversity to its story are footwear, women's, connected fitness, direct-to-consumer and international.


As at June end, the Accord has carried out 800 factory inspectionsSOURCING: Bangladesh Accord calls on firms for more funding 25 Jul 14

Michelle Russell

More than a year after the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh and the Accord on Fire and Building Safety is calling on retailers and clothing brands to contribute more funding in order to complete its factory inspections.


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Change management key to PLM project successChange management key to PLM project success

It's one thing to invest in a product lifecycle management (PLM) system - but another altogether to get the most value out of the solution. Indeed, according to industry experts speaking in London last week, PLM projects should be driven from a business perspective if they are to deliver real gains in terms of revenue, margin improvement and inventory efficiency - with users on board from the beginning.

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Katie SmithLatest blog entry: Esprit launches vegan hantags 30 Jul 2014

Katie Smith

Hong Kong-listed fashion brand Esprit is introducing vegan hangtags, in a bid to increase transparency in textile labelling and better inform conscious consumers.


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