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Apparel software trends: The outlook for 2014 3 Apr 2014

Contains 4 articles

In this month's management briefing, just-style canvasses the views of software experts on the challenges facing the global apparel supply chain in 2014 and the ways technology can help tackle some of these issues. We also ask where firms should be focusing their investments now if they want to remain competitive into the future.


Bonus briefing – Benchmark study India 31 Mar 2014

Contains 3 articles

A special series of articles describing an ongoing project being carried out in India's apparel export sector. Its author, David Birnbaum, hopes the research will help consultants and industry leaders in other countries to better understand the problems relating to strategic industrial change on a national level.


Outlook 2014: Apparel industry issues to watch 16 Jan 2014

Contains 5 articles

For our annual management briefing on apparel industry issues to watch in the year ahead, just-style asked leading executives for their feedback on the challenges and opportunities likely to emerge in 2014. Their insight provides a fascinating overview of the state of the sector today.


2013: A year in review 9 Dec 2013

Contains 4 articles

Global economic turmoil continued to impact on the apparel industry in 2013, and in all sectors, from retailing to manufacturing and sourcing, winners and losers were not hard to find. just-style’s review of the year tracks those for whom 2013 will be memorable in more ways than one, and also takes a look at some of the more unusual stories hitting the headlines.


Fibres and fabrics: Changes in supply and demand 5 Nov 2013

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A continuing shift in the apparel and textile trade landscape is putting pressure on fibre and fabric production worldwide. While cotton may still be king, manufacturers are seeking new cost-effective strategies, innovation is widening the source of available fibre materials, and environmental sustainability is set to be the default option of the future. All are explored in this month’s management briefing.


Fast fashion: Retail demands speed up the supply chain 2 Oct 2013

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Fast fashion companies are increasing their speed to market in response to demand for up-to-the-minute styles and trends at relatively low prices. In this month’s management briefing, just-style looks at the impact this is having on manufacturing and supply chains, production processes and proximity.


RFID: Business benefits for the apparel industry 3 Sep 2013

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As Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tagging has matured, the technology’s benefits for the apparel industry have become clear. In this month’s management briefing, just-style looks at the latest innovations, opportunities for enhanced supply chain visibility and return on investment, increased accuracy in inventory and out-of-stock management, protection against theft and counterfeits, and the impact of omni-channel retailing.


Green garments: Sustainability in the supply chain 2 Aug 2013

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In its drive to become more ethical and environmentally-friendly, the global fashion and textile industry is facing numerous challenges and opportunities. In this month’s management briefing, just-style looks at how apparel manufacturers are seeking sustainable options such as eco-labels and closed loop supply chains, while brands are acting to reduce their toxic chemical use.


Software solutions: Clothing companies turn to ERP and PLM 1 Jul 2013

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Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software are powerful tools allowing apparel companies to manage vast amounts of complex data from design to distribution. Increased compatibility, cloud-based systems, social media mining are among the most significant trends for the clothing and textile sector, as this month's management briefing explains.


Sourcing shifts: The ever-changing sourcing equation 3 Jun 2013

Contains 4 articles

The ever-changing sourcing equation is a challenge to the global garment and textile industry supply chain - with each region having its own inherent set of problems and opportunities. In this month’s management briefing, we look at alternative sourcing countries to China, outsourcing options closer to home, and the key considerations of ethical sourcing.


Omni-channel retail: Boosting the bottom line 2 May 2013

Contains 4 articles

Faced with flat economic growth and subdued demand, retailers are increasingly looking for new ways to lift sales outside their traditional markets. Many fashion firms are choosing to do this through an integrated channel strategy that provides customers with a seamless shopping experience online, in-store and via mobile apps. But while omni-channel services may be delivering, they can also be complex – as we discuss in this month’s management briefing.


Apparel software trends: The outlook for 2013 2 Apr 2013

Contains 4 articles

In this month's management briefing, just-style canvasses the views of software experts on the challenges facing the global apparel supply chain in 2013 and the ways technology can help tackle some of these issues. We also ask where firms should be focusing their investments now if they want to remain competitive into the future.


Outlook 2013: Apparel industry issues to watch 4 Feb 2013

Contains 4 articles

For this year's annual management briefing on apparel industry issues to watch in the year ahead, just-style asked leading executives for their feedback on the challenges and opportunities likely to emerge in 2013. Their insight provides a fascinating overview of the state of the sector today.


2012: A year in review 17 Dec 2012

Contains 4 articles

Global economic turmoil continued to impact on the apparel industry in 2012, and in all sectors, from retailing to manufacturing and sourcing, winners and losers were not hard to find. just-style’s review of the year tracks those for whom 2012 will be memorable in more ways than one, and also takes a look at some of the more unusual stories hitting the headlines.


Luxury fibres and fabrics: Changes in supply and demand 1 Nov 2012

Contains 4 articles

Despite the challenging global economic climate, demand for high-end apparel continues unscathed. Our management briefing this month looks at changes in the supply and demand of luxury fibres and fabrics, sourcing shifts, and web-based tools and trade fairs to help narrow down a product search.


October 2012 management briefing: Broadening horizons for outsourcing suppliers 1 Oct 2012

Contains 4 articles

Emerging economies have traditionally been the focus for outsourcing opportunities. But the dynamics are beginning to change. This month’s management briefing looks at the trend for suppliers to develop their own design hubs, alternative markets for brands and retailers, and new competitors vying for business.


September 2012 management briefing: RFID in apparel supply chains 3 Sep 2012

Contains 4 articles

Major clothing retailers, brands and importers are benefiting from the data collection and management options offered by new technology in labels - especially radio frequency identification (RFID) tags. Not only does this represent a fundamental piece of the production process that can be leveraged to save money and increase sales, but the technology, too, is becoming increasingly sophisticated - as this management briefing reports.


August 2012 management briefing: Luxury apparel in Latin America 1 Aug 2012

Contains 4 articles

It's no secret that China continues to steal the bulk of the world's luxury apparel and goods sales, accounting for some 50% of the total. But with China's growth rate forecast to slow in 2016, luxury houses are looking to expand in other markets - and Latin America tops that list. This month's management briefing looks at the challenges and opportunities the region presents.


July 2012 management briefing: Fast fashion’s competitive advantages 2 Jul 2012

Contains 4 articles

From catwalk to consumers, fast fashion companies are increasing their speed to market in response to demand for up-to-the-minute styles and trends at relatively low prices. In this month’s management briefing, just-style looks at the impact this is having on manufacturing and supply chains, retail strategies, global trends and the bottom line.


June 2012 management briefing: Smart textiles and wearable technology 1 Jun 2012

Contains 4 articles

The market for smart textiles and wearable technology has the potential to change the way people dress, communicate, respond to emergencies, manage their health and even entertain themselves. But the industry continues to move slowly in terms of commercialisation and is not without certain risks – as this month’s management briefing explains.


May 2012 management briefing: Apparel software trends in the year ahead 1 May 2012

Contains 4 articles

In this month's management briefing, just-style canvasses the views of software experts on the biggest challenges facing the global apparel supply chain in 2012 and the ways technology can help tackle some of these issues. We also ask where firms should be focusing their investments now if they want to remain competitive into the future.


April 2012 management briefing: Recycling textiles and clothing 3 Apr 2012

Contains 4 articles

With fast fashion and quick turnover key commercial ingredients of today’s apparel industry, excess textile production is prompting the sector to gravitate towards more recycling and reuse of materials, to conserve energy, increase sustainability and lower raw material costs. In this month’s management briefing just-style looks at solutions to boost textile recycling, services on offer, worldwide initiatives and regulations.


January/February 2012 management briefing: Apparel industry issues to watch in 2012 2 Feb 2012

Contains 4 articles

For this year's annual management briefing on apparel industry issues to watch in the year ahead, just-style asked leading executives for their feedback on the challenges and opportunities likely to emerge in 2012. Their insight provides a fascinating overview of the state of the sector today.


December 2011 management briefing: A year in review 19 Dec 2011

Contains 4 articles

Global economic turmoil continued to impact on the apparel industry in 2011, and in all sectors, from retailing to manufacturing and sourcing, winners and losers were not hard to find. just-style’s review of the year tracks those for whom 2011 will be memorable in more ways than one, and also takes a look at some of the more unusual stories hitting the headlines.


Bonus: Australian retail's perfect storm 7 Nov 2011

Contains 4 articles

Australian apparel retailers are facing a perfect storm. The country is only now seeing signs of the global economic crisis, the strong Australian dollar is driving shoppers to look at international online retailers - and the world's major fast fashion retailers are plotting their entries. Petah Marian reports on how the major firms are faring.


November 2011 management briefing: Fibres and yarns 1 Nov 2011

Contains 4 articles

Following a period of turmoil over the past year as apparel retailers, brands and manufacturers grappled with soaring cotton costs, this month’s management briefing from just-style looks at the latest fluctuations in the market. Natural fibres and yarns still hold strong, there is talk of a rise in domestic yarn and fibre sourcing in the west, man-made fibres are waiting in the wings, and cotton supplies fuel the struggle between Indian producers and users.


October 2011 management briefing: ERP-PLM on the apparel radar 4 Oct 2011

Contains 4 articles

It's no secret that Product Lifecycle Managment (PLM) has taken the global apparel industry by storm. But a much older and less popular cousin - Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) - is now back on the radar as clothiers realise that linking it with PLM yields bigger benefits than using either technology alone. This month's management briefing from just-style looks at the rise of integrated ERP-PLM solutions, implementation issues, and its growth in emerging markets.


September 2011 management briefing: Size, fit and 3D fashion tools 1 Sep 2011

Contains 4 articles

Garment sizing and fit can be a major challenge for clothing manufacturers. Not only do they change in line with the population's expanding waistlines, but as more and more firms start selling internationally they need to adapt their ranges to new markets. This management briefing looks at the issues – and discusses how 3D technology can be used to help designers, pattern makers and even online retailers to increase sales and reduce returns.


August 2011 management briefing: Corporate responsibility gets a collaborative edge 5 Aug 2011

Contains 4 articles

Collective corporate responsibility activity in the clothing sector has risen to a new level this year, on the one hand setting up the Sustainable Apparel Coalition to tackle environmental and social issues, and on the other making moves to address the commercialisation and sexualisation of children. This month’s management briefing takes a closer look.


July 2011 management briefing: PLM software in the apparel supply chain 1 Jul 2011

Contains 4 articles

Three years ago industry observers forecast that product lifecycle management (PLM) software would be a make-or-break investment for the apparel industry. That was before the global economic slowdown of course, but software suppliers remain confident the tools are even more relevant today as firms seek to save crucial time and money in their sourcing, supply and inventory activities.

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