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Egyptian exporters express quota-free fears just-style.com | 14 Jun 04

Faced with the liberalisation of world textile trade next year, Egypt is speeding up efforts to modernise its textile and clothing industry. Even so, the general feeling seems to be that unless a free trade agreement can be signed with the US, most companies are likely to lose markets to their Chinese, Indian and Pakistani competitors. Jozef De Coster reports from Cairo.

Why CAFTA is critical for Guatemala just-style.com | 31 May 04

To survive in a quota-free market Guatemalan apparel executives believe they need to offer full package services, keep costs in check and continue to take advantage of proximity to the US market and speed of response. Many are also banking on a US-CAFTA trade agreement to ensure their future competitiveness and the region’s growth prospects.

Guatemala gears up for a fashionable full package just-style.com | 24 May 04

In the run-up to 2005 many of Guatemala's apparel makers are quickening the shift to full package production and moving away from basics to higher value added fashion garments. They are also focusing on other strengths, such as proximity to the US, in an attempt to carve out a niche with American buyers.

ISRAEL: Delta Galil Completes V-Stitcher Pilot just-style.com | 17 Feb 04

Intimate apparel supplier Delta Galil has completed the first phase of its installation of Browzwear’s V-Stitcher 3D garment design and visualisation software.

Targeting Hispanics is hot fashion news just-style.com | 30 Sep 03

In a stagnant economy, there’s one apparel niche that continues to grow in both size and market power: the Hispanics. Research shows their buying prowess is only at the beginning. The good news for those apparel companies interested in targeting this group is that few brands or retailers have jumped on the bandwagon just yet, although many have got plans in the works. Stacy Baker looks at why this demographic is creating a buzz in many fashion circles.

USA: JCPenney Unveils Stafford Washable Suit just-style.com | 23 Sep 03

Retailer JCPenney has launched a new washable suit for men – thought to be the first of its kind available in the US – which has been designed to withstand the wear and tear of home laundering.

Regionalisation, not globalisation just-style.com | 9 Sep 03

Regionalisation, not globalisation, is the current trend in apparel sourcing. The evidence suggests that in the not too distant future suppliers will be compartmentalised into two regions - China and not-China - argues Mike Todaro.

Mastering the process of merchandising just-style.com | 28 Jul 03

Retailers are increasingly besieged with claims about the benefits of new technologies and practices for buying, allocating, planning, replenishment, promotional planning, pricing and other key merchandising activities. This article scrapes away the hype about merchandise optimisation and looks at how retailers are boosting margins and inventory productivity by better predicting and meeting demand.

USA: Women's Apparel Line Parellel To Launch At JCPenney just-style.com | 23 Jul 03

A new women's apparel brand called Parallel designed by BCBG Max Azria Group will hit the shelves of 400 JCPenney stores next month.

Sizing up SizeUSA just-style.com | 2 Jun 03

The SizeUSA sizing study is already beginning to yield results. Two of the survey's sponsors - JCPenney and Archetype Solutions - tell Stacy Baker how the data will benefit their retail and manufacturing businesses.

USA: JC Penney In Plus-Size Apparel Pact With Kellwood just-style.com | 11 Feb 03

Department store chain JC Penney Co on Tuesday announced it will carry an exclusive line of fashionable plus-size women's clothes designed by plus-size model Emme and produced by Kellwood Co.

Hi-tech textiles give added value to Taiwan just-style.com | 10 Feb 03

Textiles and clothing companies, once the backbone of Taiwan’s industrial development, are being forced to realign their businesses in order to cope with rising labour costs and global economic slowdown. WTO membership, coupled with a new focus on value-added hi-tech products, is helping many firms fight back - as Leonie Barrie discovered on a visit to the country last year.

USA: Haggar Comfort Fit Waist Pants In Holiday Sales Hike just-style.com | 7 Feb 03

Haggar Clothing Co on Thursday said it shipped over 3.2 million units of its comfort fit waist pants through the holiday season – exceeding projections and boosting one of "the most difficult retail environments in years."

USA: JCPenney Sales Dec Sales On Target just-style.com | 17 Dec 02

Retail giant JCPenney Co Inc on Monday said weekly sales at department stores open at least a year were in line with expectations.

Cotton wrinkle-free shirts: a new twist from JCPenney just-style.com | 9 Dec 02

The current economic climate and lacklustre retail markets are underlining the importance of value-added features such as performance fabrics. Wrinkle-free shirts? Old hat. Pure cotton, affordable wrinkle-free shirts? New twist. With its private label Stafford shirt, now available in a 100 per cent cotton wrinkle-free Stafford Executive version, JCPenney is adding a new dimension to the market with its high quality, low price offer. Padma Nagappan reports.

USA: JCPenney Wins Bisou Bisou Sportswear Deal just-style.com | 5 Dec 02

Retail giant JCPenney on Wednesday announced it had won the exclusive rights to sell women’s sports apparel brand Bisou Bisou in North America.

USA: ESI Module Meets JCPenney's Dynamic Routing Requirements just-style.com | 27 Nov 02

EDI Support Inc has created a new module aimed at suppliers who have to meet the new transportation requirements that are now compulsory at JCPenney and are in the process of being rolled out by Target and Kohl's.

USA: Round-Up Of October Retail Results just-style.com | 8 Nov 02

The following is a general round-up of US apparel and footwear retailers' October sales results released in the past couple of days: Department store operator Nordstrom Inc reported a 9.6 per cent rise in same-store sales and said total sales for the four weeks to November 2 climbed 12.8 per cent year-on-year to $425.8m.

USA: Nike Launches Lego Superhero Shoes just-style.com | 7 Nov 02

Sportswear giant Nike Inc on Wednesday teamed up with the Lego Co to produce a range of children’s footwear under the Bionicle Toa Nuva brand featuring removable superhero masks over the toe-box.

USA: The Clarks Co's Goes Live With New i2 Solution just-style.com | 6 Nov 02

Leading footwear manufacturer The Clarks Companies, North America, has gone live with i2 Demand Fulfillment for accurate order promising as part of its aim to have greater visibility into its supply chain operations. The operator of 140 stores and supplier to retail giants including Nordstrom, JCPenney and Federated Department Stores said the latest implementation of i2 Technologies Inc's solutions completes an end-to-end supply chain transformation with i2 applications.

USA: Russell Corp Posts Q3 Profit Of $23.4m just-style.com | 24 Oct 02

Athletic apparel maker Russell Corporation on Thursday reported a third quarter net income of $23.4 million against last year's net loss of $15.4 million, helped by higher sales and cost savings from more efficient manufacturing and lower cost sourcing.

USA: JCPenney Irons Out 'First' All-Cotton Wrinkle-Free Shirt just-style.com | 17 Sep 02

More than two years of co-operation between JCPenney's product development team, buying team and the company's major shirt suppliers has paid off this month with the launch of what is described as "the first affordable 100 per cent cotton wrinkle-free men's shirt." 

USA: New ESI Module Helps JCPenney Deliveries just-style.com | 15 Aug 02

A new software module that will help suppliers meet the requirements of JCPenney's TMS Dynamic Routing Initiative programme has been created by EDI Support Inc (ESI), the maker of EDI solutions for apparel and footwear suppliers. TMS is a mandatory transportation programme that changes the pre-shipment procedure for orders that are ready to ship, and is already being replicated by other leading retailers such as Target and Kohl's.

USA: Jones Apparel Agrees To Buy Lei For $385m just-style.com | 10 Jul 02

US clothing giant Jones Apparel Group Inc is to acquire the producer of lei jeans for $385 million as it looks to strengthen its hand in the fast-growing teen clothing market, it announced on Wednesday.

The deal for RSV Sport Inc and its related companies, lei, includes one million shares of Jones stock, valued at $37.5m, and $272.5m in cash, the New York-based firm revealed in a news release.

Who says people don’t buy jeans online? just-style.com | 8 Jul 02

Initial predictions for online jeans sales might have faded fast, but those jeans brands who have built up an Internet following say this part of their business isn’t going away. In fact, if you’ve got a well-known brand that consumers love and trust, your virtual revenue is very real says Stacy Baker.

Embracing EDI Bobbin Publishing Group | 16 Apr 02

As the worldwide apparel industry moves toward more sophisticated use of communications technologies, it's becoming increasingly apparent that old Electronic Data Interchange systems - commonly known as EDI - are not enough. Bobbin contributing editor, Laurie Joan Aron, reports on the latest developments in EDI and reveals how apparel and textile companies can reap the benefits.

The virtual world Bobbin Publishing Group | 18 Feb 02

Improved technologies for online fit prediction, virtual try-on, mass customisation and customer relationship management are giving apparel brands and retailers increased opportunities to maximise both their online and brick-and-mortar sales. Bobbin spoke recently with several industry executives at information technology firms about various online and virtual tools available for retailers to better service their customers. Here's what they had to say.

JAPAN: Disney's Apparel Expansion Is No Funny Business just-style.com | 4 Dec 01

Koji Hoshino, president of Walt Disney International Japan, has named Japanese apparel manufacturer and wholesaler Takihyo Co Ltd a master licensee for Disney-branded apparel, footwear and accessories in Japan. Under the terms of the multi-year licensing agreement, Takihyo will produce and market Disney-branded outerwear, innerwear, layette, sleepwear, swimwear and rainwear.

USA: Aalfs Closes Four Plants, Lays Off 850 just-style.com | 18 Oct 01

Denim apparel maker Aalfs Manufacturing, which produces garments for JCPenney, Tommy Hilfiger, Lands' End, and Harley Davidson, has announced that it is to close four of its five factories in Arkansas by mid-December.

B2C: top players and their strategies just-style.com | 1 Oct 01

Money can't buy success. That, at least, is one thing that the recent e-commerce explosion and ensuing shake-up has shown. To be successful online, e-tailers need to stick to the fundamentals of solid business basics in order to meet demand. Retailers with bricks-and-mortar establishments have a definite head-start, and ultimately the best players seem to be those with multi-channel operations and a solid branding strategy. In this special feature we take a look at the state of B2C e-tailing, including the top players and their strategies.






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