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HONDURAS: AEC Narrow Fabrics renames and expands TESA plant Leonie Barrie | 27 Feb 14

Elastics and trims supplier AEC Narrow Fabrics, formerly known as Asheboro Elastics, has renamed its TESA plant in Honduras to reflect its expansion over the past two years.

CHINA: Lectra expands fashion team in Greater China Leonie Barrie | 20 Sep 13

Technology firm Lectra is expanding its team in Greater China to help firms improve their fashion design and development capabilities as they move from manufacturing to developing their own brands.

Software solutions: ERP/PLM use grows in emerging markets Lee Adendorff | 1 Jul 13

Emerging markets, with their major outsourcing sectors, offer an excellent marketplace for operational software vendors. This is especially the case as American and European markets mature.

Software solutions: ERP systems offer apparel-specific options Lee Adendorff | 1 Jul 13

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software solutions have become powerful and numerous, allowing apparel companies to manage vast amounts of complex data under one umbrella, from finance, stock and manufacturing processes to distribution.

US: Lectra names Cumming as fashion sales VP Petah Marian | 29 May 13

Technology company Lectra has named Shane Cumming as vice president of sales, fashion, for North America, responsible for strengthening Lectra's relationships with its fashion customers and helping them to develop future strategies.

INDIA: Future Group to merge retail units Michelle Russell | 11 Sep 12

India's Future Group has received board approval for the merger of its Future Value Retail and Pantaloon businesses.

ISRAEL: OptiTex embarks on expansion in Italy and Asia Leonie Barrie | 10 Sep 12

OptiTex, the developer of 2D and 3D CAD systems for the fashion industry, is growing its business in Italy and expanding into the Asia-Pacific region with a new office in Hong Kong.

INDIA: Pantaloon Retail Q4 profit down 78.6% Katie Smith | 13 Aug 12

India's largest retailer Pantaloon Retail has posted a 78.6% slump in fourth-quarter net profit as finance costs offset a rise in sales.

INDIA: Future Group suspends talks with retailer Lawson? Petah Marian | 27 Jun 12

India-based retailer The Future Group has put on hold talks to sell a 49% stake in its sourcing and manufacturing operations to Japanese retailer Lawson, according to reports.

HONDURAS: AEC buys elastics manufacturing plant Richard Woodard | 11 May 12

AEC Narrow Fabrics has bought a controlling interest in Honduras-based elastics manufacturing plant Telas Elasticas SARL (Tesa) for an undisclosed sum.

UK: Luxury sector to record 8.5% sales growth in 2012 Petah Marian | 5 Apr 12

The UK luxury sector is set to see sales grow 8.5% in 2012, according to the latest figures from luxury industry body Walpole and Ledbury Research.

US: Asics opts for Lawson PLM solution Richard Woodard | 18 Jan 12

Athletic footwear and apparel company Asics America has chosen to implement the full Lawson Fashion Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) suite developed by Lawson Software.

just-style management briefing: ERP-PLM vendors eye growth in emerging markets Ivan Castano Freeman | 3 Oct 11

Just as fashion styles and trends have gone global, so have the IT vendors that cater to these companies - and those that sell ERP and PLM applications are no exception.

just-style management briefing: ERP-PLM suppliers become more competitive Ivan Castano Freeman | 3 Oct 11

As ERP and PLM integrated suites become an increasingly important tool for apparel companies looking to edge out the competition, software suppliers are also constantly adding new features and capabilities to their products as they strive to rein in the market.

AUSTRALIA: Billabong to implement Lawson fashion software Leonie Barrie | 30 Sep 11

Australian-based boardsports maker Billabong International Limited is to implement the Lawson fashion solution to help improve its global supply chain operations and efficiency.

just-style management briefing: PLM suppliers excited about Asia's potential Ivan Castano Freeman | 1 Jul 11

These days, PLM software suppliers are feeling ecstatic about the growth potential that China, India and Asia Pacific are bringing to their business - which is poised to benefit from the region's booming fashion markets.

just-style management briefing: PLM growing despite recessionary jitters Ivan Castano Freeman | 1 Jul 11

Forecasts for the uptake of product life cycle management (PLM) technology in the clothing industry have slowed from the bullish expectations of three years ago. But software suppliers are still confident that investment in the tools will continue to be strong, despite the volatile global economy.

SPAIN: Grifone goes live with Lawson for Fashion | 25 May 11

Spanish manufacturer Grifone has gone live with the Lawson for Fashion solution in a bid to help improve delivery times and speed up time-to-market.

just-style management briefing: More software trends to watch Leonie Barrie | 4 May 11

After weathering the storm of recession, today's apparel companies now face a significantly more challenging and competitive market. Technologies they would be wise to watch in the year ahead include lead time optimisation, business intelligence, cloud computing and 3D tools.

just-style management briefing: The key focus for software investments Leonie Barrie | 4 May 11

Where should apparel firms be focusing their software investments now if they want to remain competitive into the future? According to industry experts consulted by just-style, technology agendas should include strong core business systems, better use of business analytics, and integrated PLM, sourcing and supply chain capabilities.

just-style management briefing: Software helps tackle industry issues Leonie Barrie | 4 May 11

Using the right software is key to helping the apparel industry tackle some of the issues it faces in 2011. Firms need the right analyses and information to take the right decisions at the right time and remain competitive in a changing environment, from product development through to the shop floor.

just-style management briefing: Apparel supply challenges in 2011 Leonie Barrie | 4 May 11

Among the biggest challenges facing global apparel supply in the year ahead are rising raw material costs, the changing business climate in China, upward pressure on retail prices, fragile consumer demand, and the need to have the right inventory at the right place at the right time, according to industry experts consulted by just-style.

US: Lawson Software in $2bn buyout deal | 26 Apr 11

Lawson Software Inc is to be acquired by GGC Software Holdings, an affiliate of private equity firm Golden Gate Capital and software company Infor, in a deal worth $2bn.

Prime Source Forum 2011: Quote/unquote - day 1 Leonie Barrie | 1 Apr 11

Apparel industry issues tackled on the first day of the Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong included the challenges facing the apparel supply chain, including inflation, China's shift from major supplier to buyer, and labour issues. Here is a roundup of comments from some of the speakers at the event.

US: Lawson launches cloud-based PLM product | 14 Feb 11

Supply chain software provider Lawson Software has announced the general availability of its Lawson Fashion PLM on the Cloud solution.

SWEDEN: Lawson seminar to help fashion firms expand | 3 Feb 11

Lawson Software is running a seminar later this month to help Swedish fashion companies understand how technology can help them better manage their costs and margins and focus on top line revenue growth.

US: Lawson expands mobile access to supplier portal | 19 Jan 11

Lawson Software has expanded mobile access to one of its latest business applications so that customers can log in while on the move using the Apple iPad.

IMB Select: web-based systems on show Niki Tait | 21 Dec 10

IMB Select, the new two-day textile and apparel IT exhibition in Germany, promised a platform to showcase the latest software developments specifically for the fashion and textile supply chain. In the first of two reports, Niki Tait looks at some of the web-based systems on show.

US: New online tool boosts supply chain collaboration | 22 Nov 10

A new online tool that helps fashion companies collaborate better with their suppliers when purchasing goods is among latest fashion-specific offerings from Lawson Software.

SWEDEN: Atlas Design chooses Lawson PLM and ERP tools | 1 Nov 10

Atlas Design Group AB, a Swedish manufacturer and distributor of accessories, underwear, nightwear and shirts, is to implement Lawson Fashion PLM (product lifecycle management) and QuickStep for Fashion Sourcing.



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