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CHINA: TradeCard expands team for Asia growth Leonie Barrie | 3 Nov 11

TradeCard Inc, the supply chain collaboration platform used by retailers, brands and manufacturers, is expanding in Asia with the addition of former Kurt Salmon consultant Cliff Entrekin to its business development team.

US: Gilt Groupe appoints two directors just-style.com | 21 Dec 10

Luxury online retailer Gilt Groupe has appointed Chris Ventry as its category director and head of business operations, and Josh Peskowitz as style director of the company's new full-price men's retail business.

SOURCING: Better sourcing can boost profit margins just-style.com | 2 Dec 10

Retailers can increase their gross profit margin by up to 20% through changes in sourcing, product development, and the way they work with suppliers – and have much to learn from fast fashion firms – a leading consultancy claims.

BULGARIA SNAPSHOT: Textile and apparel industry in brief just-style.com | 19 Oct 10

Bulgaria, with its population of 7.6m, joined the EU on 1 January 2007, together with Romania. From 2000-2007 it looked as if Bulgaria would take over Romania's role as the biggest eastern European apparel supplier to markets in Western Europe. But exports have fallen since the last quarter of 2008.

What can companies do to ease pricing pressures? Leonie Barrie | 1 Oct 10

The uncomfortable truth facing apparel retailers and brands just now is the fact that rising costs across the apparel supply chain are likely to drive prices upward and hurt profitability. But with the weak economy making it harder to pass higher prices along to consumers, just-style asks what companies can do to ease this potential 'sticker shock.'

Spotlight on...Cotton prices Joe Ayling | 23 Sep 10

A perfect storm of supply and demand issues have sent cotton prices soaring the world over. Joe Ayling reports on what caused this spike and how it will affect the garment industry.

US: Ex-KSA exec Bob Copeland joins TradeCard just-style.com | 12 Aug 10

Trade finance, supply chain collaboration and vendor compliance platform TradeCard Inc today (12 August) named former Kurt Salmon Associates executive Bob Copeland as its new senior vice president of product strategy and business development.

July 2010 management briefing: Growth in the US plus-size market just-style.com | 28 Jul 10

To have plus-size clothing lines to sell, you need plus-size consumers, so it is maybe not a surprise that the American market for these garments is of critical importance.

US: Consultants Kurt Salmon and Ineum join forces just-style.com | 2 Jun 10

Kurt Salmon Associates (KSA), the global consultancy specialising in retail and consumer goods, is merging its operations with Ineum Consulting to create a globally integrated consulting firm operating under the Kurt Salmon name.

CANADA: Visual 2000 teams with Facenda on US expansion just-style.com | 25 Mar 10

Software vendor Visual 2000 International is teaming up with fashion industry veteran Joe Facenda to expand its PLM, ERP and supply chain management tools to apparel and footwear firms in the western United States.

SOURCING: Tweaking supply model is key to fast fashion Leonie Barrie | 25 Nov 09

Dispelling the myth that production needs to be close to home in order to drop new products into shops on a regular basis, sourcing executives say the key to achieving speed to market is to change the way retailers work with their suppliers.

10 ways to develop a balanced sourcing strategy Leonie Barrie | 24 Nov 09

A good sourcing strategy should be in a constant state of flux, shifting to take account of changing markets, competition, costs, risks and opportunities. Its foundations must fit in with a firm’s overall corporate objectives and brand positioning – and never has it been more critical to build the top line too. Here are 10 key things you need to consider.

ANALYSIS: Bangladeshi makers bullish despite future fears Jozef De Coster | 24 Nov 09

Rising orders have prompted many Bangladeshi ready-made garment exporters to think about expanding their production capacities. But despite this bullish outlook, they actually face a somewhat uncertain future, reports Jozef De Coster from Dhaka.

SOURCING: Apparel buyers should look beyond price Leonie Barrie | 24 Nov 09

One size definitely does not fit all when it comes to sourcing apparel, and during a recessionary environment it pays for retailers and brands to take an even closer look at their sourcing strategies.

UK: Supply chain seminar tackles sourcing strategies just-style.com | 26 Oct 09

The changes that retailers need to make to their sourcing strategies in this recessionary climate are among the topics that will be discussed at a seminar on ‘Global Sourcing Skills and Supply Chains’ taking place in London next month.

COMMENT: Winning in men’s apparel just-style.com | 25 Sep 09

A recent US consumer survey by KSA to understand future spending in the men’s apparel category suggests a small group of confident shoppers is key to recovery in the coming months.

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Super suppliers tipped as sourcing winners just-style.com | 27 Jul 09

Super suppliers with access to production capacity in countries around the globe are being tipped as the winners when it comes to helping buyers improve stock turns and speed-to-market while preserving net margin. But surprisingly, while speed is critical, proximity is not.

IAF World Apparel Convention: Quote/unquote - day two just-style.com | 3 Nov 08

Here is just-style's snapshot of quotes from the second day of the 24th IAF World Apparel Convention in Maastricht last week:

UK: New principal for Kurt Salmon Associates just-style.com | 25 Sep 08

Kurt Salmon Associates (KSA), the global management consultancy specialising in retail and consumer products, has appointed Stuart Fisher as a UK principal.

US: Ashworth in possible sell-off as Q3 losses widen just-style.com | 10 Sep 08

Golf-inspired leisure wear company Ashworth is considering a possible sell-off after reporting a 68% hike in third quarter losses.

Better on-shelf availability is key to customer loyalty just-style.com | 31 Jul 08

Making sure the right products are in-store for shoppers as and when they want them is key to customer loyalty. It sounds simple enough, yet why do so many retailers still get it wrong – and what can they do to improve on-shelf availability? asks Ged Keogh-Peters, head of the UK strategy team at Kurt Salmon Associates.

UK: Industry conference to tackle fickle fashion climate just-style.com | 17 Mar 08

The impact of climate change and raw materials shortages on the global clothing supply chain will be tackled by fashion suppliers and out of industry experts at the ASBCI Annual Industry Conference 2008 later this year.

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