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Middle East marks the map Bobbin Publishing Group | 4 Jul 01

Three companies - Century Investment Group, Elyon Textile and Technology Ltd, and Delta Galil - talk about the challenges and opportunities of sourcing apparel and textiles from Jordan, Egypt and Israel.


Fashion.com: websites undressed just-style.com | 26 Jun 01

The fashion industry often goes out of its way to promote an image of exclusivity and glamour. Yet the Internet is anything but exclusive and, due to fundamental technical limitations, anything but glamorous. While most fashion sites today imitate rather than innovate, John Yunker says that some companies are managing to create entirely new experiences online. Here he puts forward strategies for building successful websites


The outsourcing evolution Bobbin Publishing Group | 20 Jun 01

Supply chain shifts in the US tailored clothing industry are moving more volume makers toward global sourcing - and mid-range makers may soon be following in their footsteps.


USA: Boo Ordered To Pay $1.2m In Trademark Case just-style.com | 24 May 01

Fashion apparel company Boom Club, Inc was awarded a $1,258,000 judgement against Boo.Com Group Ltd. an Internet-based retailer. Boom Club is the owner of the "Boom'' and "Boom Club'' brands. The case involved trademark infringement by Boo.Com for sales made in an Internet retailing operation. Boo.Com used the "Boom'' and "Cluboo'' brands without authorisation from Boom Club. The Court ruling found this infringed the "Boom'' and "Boom Cub'' trademarks. Boo.Com Group, which is now in liquidation, was also ordered to pay the approximately $1.2m in damages.


USA: JCPenney Honours Supplier Vanity Fair just-style.com | 23 May 01

Vanity Fair Intimates LP, a division of VF Corporation, has been recognised by JCPenney as the outstanding supplier to the retailer's women's accessories division for 2000. In addition, Vanity Fair has also been honoured with the JCPenney Quality Supplier Award for women's accessories.


Managing customer relationships just-style.com | 22 May 01

CRM and eCRM are revolutionising the way apparel companies interact with their customers. To find out more about CRM's impact on the industry, just-style.com spoke with Jud Early, corporate vice president of apparel research for US-based textile think-tank [TC]2.


USA: Sales Of Antimicrobial Socks On A High just-style.com | 18 May 01

In the face of strong overseas competition, US hosiery companies are fighting back by differentiating their products with new technologies. According to BioShield Technologies Inc, it textile induistry distributor Apollo Chemical Corporation is consistently ordering AM 500 antimicrobial and odour eliminator for socks sold at JCPenney, Wal-Mart and Rocky Boots. The socks are made by Brown Wooten Mills Inc, which is one of the largest and most diversified domestic hosiery operations in the country.


Vendor managed inventory: a new trend? just-style.com | 14 May 01

The apparel industry might not yet be at a point where manufacturers are responsible for analysing POS information and determining product amounts for the retailer, but it is definitely headed in that direction. In the next few years it is predicted that plenty of suppliers will be getting into vendor managed inventory relationships with retailers. And, as Mona Frastaci finds out, they'll need components to their systems that they don't have today.


USA: Sears Most Popular US Department Store On The Web just-style.com | 27 Apr 01

Sears' e-commerce website leads clicks and bricks department stores in March, based on the number of unique visitors to the site for Sears, Roebuck and Co.  According to the Media Metrix Digital Media Audience Report, sears.com also experienced the biggest per cent increase within the retail department store category, showing a 43.7 per cent increase among unique visitors from February 2001 to March 2001.


Tapping into a virtual world Bobbin Publishing Group | 26 Mar 01

They're talking about avatars, 3-D imaging and data-capture capabilities the industry only dreamed of not so long ago. Here's the story straight from the visionaries and entrepreneurs at the forefront of the virtual try-on technology craze.


Quickwash tackles testing times just-style.com | 21 Mar 01

US-based Raitech has come up with a product that promises to reduce costs, increase speed to market and cancel out expensive consumer returns and chargebacks. Sounds too good to be true? Clients like Gap, M&S and Levi Strauss don't think so.


USA: Kmart's Website Overtakes Wal-Mart just-style.com | 14 Mar 01

February's Media Metrix figures show that BlueLight.com, Kmart’s online shopping site, has passed Walmart.com in unique visitor traffic. Walmart.com had led all mass retailer shopping sites in unique visitor traffic since its relaunch in October 2000.


The dynamics of customisation - part II just-style.com | 9 Mar 01

The competition between providers of apparel customisation tools may appear great, but a closer look reveals that each one is actually a little different from the next. By Mona Frastaci.


USA: Key Catalog And Internet Appointments At JC Penney just-style.com | 19 Feb 01

Retailer J. C. Penney Co Inc (NYSE: JCP) has strengthened its management team with the appointment of John Irvin as senior vice president, and president of catalog and Internet, and B.D. Feiwus as senior vice president and associate director of catalog. John Irvin will direct the activities of the catalog and Internet organizations and provide leadership in the development of strategic business plans for these operations. He comes to JCPenney from Spiegel Inc, where he was president and chief executive officer.


USA: Online Sales Up, But Service A Problem just-style.com | 5 Feb 01

Online sales skyrocketed to $12.2bn for the holiday 2000 season figures doubling in November and December from last year according to The NPD Group. Apparel ranked third in category sales, behind travel reservations and computer hardware, at $1.144bn, 10 per cent of total revenues for the season. NPD also ranked the top 20 sites at which consumers spent the most the money, with good representation from apparel etailers: JCPenney (No 4); Wal-Mart (No 7); LandsEnd.com (No 12); Victoria's Secret (No 15); and L.L. Bean (No 19).


USA: JC Penney Co Inc Announces Key Merchandising and Marketing Appointments just-style.com | 2 Feb 01

J.C. Penney Co Inc executive vice president, and president and chief operating officer, Vanessa Castagna, has announced several new appointsment in the company. William Cappiello has been named senior vice president and general merchandise manager for Men's and Children's, Edward Mawyer has been appointed vice president and director of merchandising for Family Footwear and John Budd has been named senior vice president and chief marketing officer for JCPenney Stores and Catalogue. All positions will be effective from February 1, 2001.


USA: Haggar Appoints New Vice President just-style.com | 31 Jan 01

Haggar Clothing Co has appointed Karen Rambo as the new vice president of Retail Marketing. As vice president, Rambo will be responsible for developing and executing retail marketing initiatives for the Haggar brand as well as the company's licensed brands, including DKNY. Karen Rambo joins Haggar from Levi Strauss & Company where she held the position of national retail marketing manager. She was responsible for the development, sell-in and execution of strategic marketing plans for Levi's, Dockers and Slates brands and is credited with implementing the first account-specific nationwide Sell-Through Organization for LS Co at JCPenney.


USA: JCPenney Announces Store Closures In Restructuring Plan just-style.com | 26 Jan 01

JC Penney has announced that it is to close 44 of its underperforming department stores in a business restructuring proposal aimed at improving its competitive position and future financial performance. The store closures are planned for the first half of 2001 and will also include three of the company's catalogue outlet stores. The company has claimed that many of the 5,000 staff affected by the store closures will be offered positions at other stores.


US: Online Holiday Sales Up, But Etailers Still Have Work To Do just-style.com | 18 Jan 01

Online sales skyrocketed to $12.2bn for the holiday 2000 season figures doubling in November and December from last year according to The NPD Group. Apparel ranked third in category sales, behind travel reservations and computer hardware, at $1.144bn, 10 per cent of total revenues for the season. NPD also ranked the top 20 sites at which consumers spent the most the money, with good representation from apparel etailers: JCPenney (No 4); Wal-Mart (No 7); LandsEnd.com (No 12); Victoria's Secret (No 15); and L.L. Bean (No 19).


WWRE appointment boosts apparel prospects Bobbin Publishing Group | 13 Dec 00

The appointment of Colin Dyer, the former head of one of the United Kingdom's leading clothing and textile firms, as CEO of the Worldwide Retail Exchange (WWRE) online marketplace holds interesting possibilities for the apparel business-to-business (B2B) arena. Auctions, reverse auctions and buy-sell activities are all part of the future, along with tools that will be particularly relevant for this industry.


USA: JC Penney Reports November Sales just-style.com | 1 Dec 00

JC Penney Company, Inc (NYSE: JCP) today announced that preliminary sales for the four weeks ended November 25, 2000 increased 1.6 per cent to $2.921bn from $2.876bn in the comparable 1999 period. Department store sales for November increased 0.1 per cent to $1.427bn from $1.426bn in the 1999 period. On a comparable store basis, stores open at least a year, sales increased 0.7 per cent versus the same period last year. Sales benefited from a stronger than anticipated Thanksgiving weekend, driven by planned promotions.


USA: Retail Initiative Pays Off For VF Jeanswear just-style.com | 29 Nov 00

Since the May 1 chainwide launch of RFSM in womens jeans and casual pants, Lee has generated double digit sales increases across misses, women's, and petites while reducing inventory by 14 per cent compared to a year ago, VF said today.


USA: JC Penney Sales Tracking Above Plan just-style.com | 28 Nov 00

JCPenney said its department store sales for the fourth week of November were boosted by strong sales in women's and children's apparel.


USA: J C Penney Reports Third Quarter Results just-style.com | 14 Nov 00

J C Penney Company today reported a loss of $0.12 per share, before the effects of non-comparable items, for the third quarter ended October 28, 2000. Including these non-comparable items the net loss was $30m, or $0.15 per share, compared with net income of $142m, or $0.51 per share, in last year's third quarter.


USA: JCPenney Names Dastugue Treasurer just-style.com | 9 Nov 00

Allen Questrom, chairman and chief executive officer of J C Penney announced the election by the board of directors of Michael P. Dastugue, 36, to the position of vice president and treasurer, effective December 1. He will report to executive vice president and CFO Donald A. McKay.In his new position, Dastugue will direct the Treasurer's Department in fulfilling its core responsibilities: banking, financing, risk management, and benefit plans investments. He will also meet the company's strategic objectives by leading the Treasurer's Department in assisting operating units to achieve their business and financial goals while enhancing shareholder value."Michael Dastugue is recognised within the financial community as anoutstanding leader with excellent financial management qualifications," Questrom said. "His expertise is a superb contribution to our company's plans for growth and success."Dastugue joined the company in 1991 from Arthur Andersen where he was a senior accountant. At the company's Treasurer's Department, his career encompassed a number of key positions, including financial analyst and project manager roles.


Let the fit revolution begin Bobbin Publishing Group | 16 Oct 00

Apparel fit problems continue to plague many consumers, retailers and manufacturers. However, with the super-rapid pace of technological advances and the promise of new size data on the horizon, solutions are beginning to abound.


ISRAEL: Delta Galil Completes Wundies Acquisition Company Press Release | 19 Sep 00

Delta Galil Industries Ltd (Nasdaq: DELT), the global provider of private label intimate apparel, men's underwear, socks, babywear and leisurewear, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Wundies Industries Inc.Wundies is a producer of private label ladies' intimate apparel and girls' underwear and nightwear. It also markets its products under character licenses including Barbie, Looney Tunes and Winnie the Pooh, as well as brand licenses including Danskin, Bill Blass and Jessica McClintock, in addition to its proprietary LOVEPATS brand. Wundies' customers include Wal-Mart, Kmart, Target, JCPenney, Mervyn's, Kohl's and Wholesale Clubs.Delta chairman Dov Lautman commented that the completion of the Wundies acquisition signifies a significant step in Delta's strategy to build its presence in the US market and extend its penetration in the ladies' intimate apparel and seam free categories.Delta Galil is a global manufacturer of boutique-quality apparel for the mass market sold under brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss and Nike and sold worldwide through retailers including Marks & Spencer, Victoria's Secret, GAP, Banana Republic and others. Recognized for product innovation and development, Delta is committed to growth through higher margin products, expanding market share and operational efficiencies. For more information, please visit the company website at


USA: American Workwear Granted Compliance Hearing Company Press Release | 28 Aug 00

JD American Workwear, Inc (OTCBB Bulletin Board JDAW), announced today that the NASD has determined to grant a request for a hearing pursuant to NASD Rule 9730. The requested oral hearing will be held on Thursday, August 31, 2000. No action will be taken to remove the company's securities from the OTCBB prior to a determination by the Hearing Panel. JD American Workwear, Inc manufactures and distributes a line of patented workwear and safety wear. The company's product line is available via retailers JCPenney and Payless Cashways and uniform companies, UniFirst and Cintas. JD American products are niche marketed in the industrial uniform and essential safety clothing industry specifically targeting construction, automotive, chemical and hazardous material workers, factory workers and commercial landscaping industry.


USA: Academy Sports Takes Cautious Steps Into Cyberspace Jane Mallin | 24 Aug 00

Academy Sports and Outdoors, one of the US's largest sporting goods retailers, is making the move into multichannel after it signed up with SVI Retail for the company's direct-to-consumer fulfillment product, SVI Direct.Like many brick and mortar companies, Academy Sports and Outdoors wants to use the Internet as an alternate sales channel, but prefers to tread cautiously rather than rush onto the web.Lynn Caldwell, vice president of information systems for Academy Sports and Outdoors, said: "We feel the Internet will be a very successful channel for us, but we are proceeding carefully. We want to be sure we have a solid infrastructure in place so that the customer experience on the web is as positive as the one we have been delivering in our stores.""We chose SVI's fulfillment engine because it has already been successfully integrated into the SVI merchandising solution we are currently using. We look forward to continuing our 17-year relationship with SVI as we partner with them in our move to cyberspace."SVI Direct will drive the fulfillment engine of Academy Sports and Outdoors' e-tail site currently under development. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.


US back to school market is booming Jane Mallin | 9 Aug 00

The US back-to-school season, now in full swing, looks likely to be a highly satisfactory one for retailers with parents planning to spend 20 per cent more than last year, says Jane Mallin. Two separate retail surveys showed this week that the US back to school market is booming. The National Retail Federation (NRF) surveyed 883 parents of children between ages 6 to 17 and found that they intended to spend an average of $549 on back to school items.

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