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May 2006 management briefing 3 May 2006

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This report covers the market for clothing and footwear in China for the period 2000 to 2005, with forecasts from 2006 to 2012. During the last 25 years, China’s economy has changed from being a centrally planned system that was largely closed to international trade to a more market-oriented economy that has a rapidly growing private sector and is a major player in the global economy. China of course has had a huge clothing and footwear industry for many years. Today China still has a major silk


April 2006 management briefing 4 Apr 2006

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One fundamental that no-one can ever afford to neglect is the blindingly obvious; get the product right and it will sell. This management briefing looks at: offered product and Own label retailing, cost purchasing trends, purchasing on time, today’s purchasing management mantras and tomorrow’s purchasing trends. The final chapter looks at how purchasing has changed and will change to minimise supply chain risks.


March 2006 management briefing 2 Mar 2006

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Brazil is currently the world’s second largest denim fabric producer, third largest knitted fabrics producer and fifth largest apparel producer. Highlighted in this briefing are the major issues facing the Brazilian textile market including the evolution of Brazil’s textile and garment trade balance, the hidden export potential of Brazil’s fashion industry, Brazil’s China policy and Brazil’s future role in the global fashion business.


February 2006 management briefing 2 Feb 2006

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Based on three recent just-style visits to Turkey in late 2005 and early 2006 and an extensive number of interviews conducted with Turkish industrialists and trade staff, this briefing presents an overview of the existing “traditional textiles” sector and the potential for technical textiles growth within Turkey. For the purpose of this briefing technical textiles are defined as “advanced flexible materials” for which the technical performance and physical properties are more important than feat


January 2006 management briefing 11 Jan 2006

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Roll the clock back one year to the end of 2004, and what were the key issues dominating the headlines? The abolition of quotas, protective measures (safeguards and anti-dumping measures), the trade relationships between the US and China, and the EU and China? These are all reflected on in this month's management briefing, and the implications from these issues for 2006 are discussed. The underlying message of this briefing is to expect change to continue to be a feature of the apparel sourcing


December 2005 management briefing 1 Dec 2005

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Over the last 20 years, rapid growth - backed by innovative technologies - has allowed Wal-Mart to become the world’s largest retailer, with 5,700 stores and warehouses in a dozen different countries. Globally, the company revenues topped US$285bn in 2005 and generated more sales in one year than its next four competitors combined. Wal-Mart has redefined the way most apparel retailers and manufacturers have done business, particularly with regard to technology. Making operations more efficient w


November 2005 management briefing 1 Nov 2005

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Despite considerable publicity and many years of research and development, to date, very few "wearable electronic" smart textile products have been successfully commercialised in any volume on a global basis. This is due to the fact that the developers of smart textiles technology have mostly been either US academic institutions, focusing on the unique requirements of the US military, or electronics/chip companies, who have not understood the very different approaches to product development, pla


October 2005 management briefing 1 Oct 2005

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Thanks to technology, creative applications and high consumer expectations, the percentage of clothing on the market with performance attributes is set to increase from 25% to 50% over the next few years. With increasing amounts of information available, consumers are more knowledgeable about, and more interested in, fabric technology and performance benefits than ever before. Style and comfort will no longer be sacrificed for function, nor are consumers willing to trade one feature for another


September 2005 management briefing 1 Sep 2005

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The manufacturing of apparel has always been a labour intensive activity. As the making of clothing developed into an industry and the concepts of work-study were applied to the sewing process, the differences between a basic and a “skilled and motivated” sewing machinist were quantified. This month’s briefing takes a reflective look at the effects of manufacturing technology on the apparel industry in the past three decades, speculating what technology will do to this global manufacturing activ


August 2005 management briefing 1 Aug 2005

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India is one of the world’s oldest major textile exporters and was once by far the largest. However, when quota-restrictions slammed shut the gates to free trade, the country’s exports were accordingly channelled and fragmented. Preferential trade arrangements placed further constraints, as both the US and the EU provided duty-free and quota-free access to selected countries. As a result, India now has just over 3% of the global trade in apparel – but despite its low share, it still remains amo


July 2005 management briefing 1 Jul 2005

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The production of textile, knitwear and garments is the largest manufacturing industry in Thailand. It has been one of the kingdom's top export earners since 1985, with annual exports of textiles and clothing accounting for more than US$6bn per year, making this the nation’s second leading export industry after the export of automatic data processing machines. This month’s briefing provides an insight into the industry’s current situation, in terms of employment, production, exports, technology


June 2005 management briefing 1 Jun 2005

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If you’re an apparel retailer, it’s likely you’ve heard the promise of assortment planning (AP). The purpose of AP from a customer point of view, is to match up products with stores, which becomes an issue for larger retailers as they grow. The function of getting the right products in the right stores at the right time must also match plans with financial targets. This briefing explains the concept of AP, reviews available solutions with company case studies, discusses systems implementation an


May 2005 management briefing 1 May 2005

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According to a 2004 research study by Aberdeen Group, more than half (58%) of the systems and solutions used in a company’s sourcing initiatives are manual, fax or e-mail driven, which is hard to believe, considering all the technology that’s available. This briefing looks at the issues apparel companies face in terms of e-sourcing, challenges found in implementation, and highlights the e-sourcing features to look out for. It also outlines the companies best suited for e-sourcing and provides


April 2005 management briefing 1 Apr 2005

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Globalisation and pressures upon companies to lower prices, move fashion to market more quickly and strive for better quality often have negative effects upon workers, developing country communities and the environment. Demands are now being made of companies to take greater social responsibility. The apparel industry is paving the way for other industries in making corporate social responsibility (CSR) an integrated part of the business mission rather than simply an afterthought or a reactio


March 2005 management briefing 1 Mar 2005

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The abolition of global textile quotas at the beginning of this year has switched attention to other ways in which textile and clothing producers in the developed world can compete against Asian giants such as China and India. For the US textile industry in particular, many of the responses have been little more than knee-jerk reactions, including ongoing efforts to invoke a special ‘threat-based’ textile safeguard to stall large surges in clothing imports from China under a clause negotiated as


February 2005 management briefing 1 Feb 2005

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By 2003 60% of the world’s sewing machines were made in China, accounting for a gross industrial output of 23bn Yuan (US$2.78bn), a ten fold increase over 1984 figures, the year the China Sewing Machinery Association was formed. Approximately 20% of these are produced on behalf of overseas companies such as Juki, Brother, Pfaff, Sunstar, Barudan, Tajima, etc. The 2003 export market for sewing machines produced in China accounted for an estimated US$700.16m, of which, US$318.6m accounted for indu


January 2005 management briefing 1 Jan 2005

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A major research company estimates the world’s retail apparel market at US$780bn. It is served by tens of thousands of apparel retailers, each of whom approaches their job in different ways. The market is very fragmented: the top ten retailers account for 11% of sales. This review, inevitably, concentrates on those top ten and on similar sized operators with broadly similar concerns. Sometimes, the industry leaders are taking very similar approaches: sometimes, they are going in quite different


December 2004 management briefing 1 Dec 2004

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Competing in today’s apparel marketplace is tougher than ever. How often have you wished for a crystal ball to help you glean insights into the future? Here, we’ve asked the industry’s experts to give their retail, manufacturing and fashion/merchandising forecasts for 2005 and beyond. This briefing looks at all the key trends affecting the retailing sector.


November 2004 management briefing 1 Nov 2004

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It is difficult to date the start of internet retailing (e-tailing or e-retail as it is more commonly called). But the Interactive Media in Retail Group (IMRG), which proclaims itself to be “the industry body for global e-retailing” was founded in 1990, when the industry was in its absolute infancy. Its e-retail sales data index was re-calibrated in 2000 which is a convenient point to use as a basis for e-retail growth and its arrival as a credible method of retailing. Before then, at the end of


October 2004 management briefing 1 Oct 2004

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Despite being one of the smallest countries of the world, with a workforce of only just over two million people, Singapore must be close to its vision of developing the country into a leading fashion business hub supported by internationally recognised global brands and operations. It is certainly home to several major players. Indeed there are over 80 buying houses – many key international brands and retailers have offices there – as well as the Singapore-based manufacturers operating overseas


September 2004 management briefing 1 Sep 2004

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Once upon a time supply chains had lots of inventory and apparel manufacturers had the luxury of warehouses and distribution centres stocked with finished products, so when customer demand would come in, product would be pulled from that stock. At the highest levels, demand-driven manufacturing - along with lean manufacturing, the theory of constraints and more - are simply processes designed to get apparel companies to move toward a make-to-order model. Most companies make product then inventor


August 2004 management briefing 1 Aug 2004

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In basic terms, “floor-ready merchandise” refers to merchandise that is preticketed and pre-tagged with all the details that are required in the retail store – before it reaches the store. The merchandise can also be packaged, or hung on hangers if required, in the same form as it would be displayed in-store. It can also include security tags that protect it from theft. This report discusses the development of floor-ready merchandise practices and processes, and how they might impact retail and


July 2004 management briefing 1 Jul 2004

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The apparel manufacturers’ and retailers’ mantra for the new millennium? “Speed to market.” It’s the last leg of the “right product, right market, right time” race – and it’s all about logistics. An Apparel Magazine Independent Audience Study reveals that logistics is one of the top three investment priorities through 2004 – with 13.9% of companies investing heavily. And with good reason: apparel manufacturers and retailers are getting hit from all sides with challenges that make them rethink th


June 2004 management briefing 1 Jun 2004

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First impressions of China quickly reveal that the term ‘The World’s Sleeping Giant’ was coined by someone who had never been there. China is anything but sleeping. Down the Eastern sea block everywhere you see building, building, and more building to the extent construction appears to be China’s main agricultural product. New cities are appearing, green fields are being turned into massive new industrial zones, highways, tower blocks and hundreds of similar enormous blocks of flats are being bu


May 2004 management briefing 1 May 2004

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Somewhat surprisingly, European textile and clothing groups seem to be more interested in opportunities in Asia - in terms of importing textile products (especially after 2004), outsourcing production and even developing markets - than in the Pan Euro Med region. Compared to the flurry of articles on ‘the Big Bang’ of 2005, relatively little has been written about the ten countries joining the EU on 1 May 2004 - several of which have an important textile and clothing industry. This briefing revi


April 2004 management briefing 1 Apr 2004

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The purpose of this management briefing is to assess the trends, new developments and technologies that affect sportswear today. In addition, it also examines the critical factors of branding activities and regional differences. Input comes from throughout the sportswear pipeline including fibre and yarn producers, research-based companies, a sock company, dancewear companies, a fabric maker and a sportswear apparel company to get as complete a picture as possible.


March 2004 management briefing 1 Mar 2004

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Today’s market for fashion and replenishment garments (i.e. basics) mandates that apparel makers and retailers deliver items more quickly, are flexible enough to adapt and respond to change and respond to demand accurately, efficiently and effectively. But in 2002, the NRF reported that the industry loses $200 billion a year to markdowns in the United States alone – a clear sign that apparel companies don’t have the right formula yet. This briefing looks at the problems facing companies in the i


February 2004 management briefing 1 Feb 2004

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In early 2003, we published “Apparel Sourcing In The 21st Century: The 10 Lessons So Far.” We believe the forecasts we made in that review were pretty accurate. But the world has moved on since then, and there are some new lessons to be learned. The central lesson, we argued in 2003, was that quotas were going to disappear at the end of 2004, however many observers convinced themselves otherwise. A year later, that prediction stands. This report reviews the changes since we published last years


January 2004 management briefing 5 Jan 2004

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2003 was a year of change for the world’s apparel industries, and there is no doubt that many of the events that have taken place over the past 12 months are setting a course for its future. There is also a discernable degree of uncertainty and fear as to what this future holds, and one event in particular is dominating discussion and debate across the apparel industry: the phase-out of quotas on all textile and apparel products on 31 December 2004, as mandated by the World Trade Organisatio


December 2003 management briefing 1 Dec 2003

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Recent technological advances have brought new excitement to the stain repellent and odour control categories. Last year, Nano-Care fabric protection was named as one of Time magazine’s Coolest Inventions of the Year. Companies like Dockers, using the DuPont Teflon Stain Defender technology, have captured the consumer’s imagination with a variety of unique commercials. Nanotechnology, perhaps the most important technology covered in this month's management briefing, is adding much to the excitem

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