Like a new sheriff in town, retailers arelaying down the laws for vendors. With the goal of getting more merchandise on the sellingfloor faster, retailers are establishing new packing and shipping standards. If vendors donot adapt to the new systems and technology, retailers will drop them in favor of vendorswho do comply. Retail compliance, involving complex new technology commitments, isarguably the biggest issue that the Apparel & Footwear Industries face. Vendors needhelp implementing the new technology, especially those with global operations, and areturning to software providers and consultants.