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US: The Children's Place selects GT Nexus to drive growth Katie Smith | 31 Oct 13

The Children's Place has chosen to implement GT Nexus' technology platform to help streamline its global supply chain and drive business growth.

US: Deckers picks GT Nexus for supply chain visibility Katie Smith | 15 May 13

Deckers Outdoor Corp, the maker of Ugg boots and Teva sandals, is to deploy the GT Nexus cloud-based platform to enhance collaboration and end-to-end visibility across its supply chain.

Omni-channel retail: Technology and logistics Lee Adendorff | 1 May 13

Omni-channel services may be delivering, but they can be complex. The goal is delivering a seamless omni-channel experience for apparel buying consumers and if the tech doesn't work, the sales aren't made.

Omni-channel retail: Integrating and evolving online strategies Lee Adendorff | 1 May 13

How retailers deal with the omni-channel challenge varies greatly, as do opinions on how to integrate strategies for online, mobile and physical transactions.

Apparel software trends: What else is on the agenda? Leonie Barrie | 2 Apr 13

What else is likely to be topping the apparel industry's software agenda this year? Using technology to help mitigate risk in the supply chain, automating data capture, and greater collaboration and information exchange between apparel retailers and brands and their suppliers are all highlighted. Tapping into social media and mobile technologies will also contribute to speed and accuracy.

Apparel software trends: Investing for the future Leonie Barrie | 2 Apr 13

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 tools that better integrate all data between supply chain partners and offer end-to-end visibility, flexibility and speed.

Apparel software trends: Tackling the challenges Leonie Barrie | 2 Apr 13

Faced with a raft of challenges across the apparel supply chain, how can software help tackle the key issues? Tools that connect all trading partners, streamline the end-to-end process, and give industry leaders the flexibility and time to address everything from new opportunities to unexpected events can all contribute to a competitive edge.

Apparel software trends: Supply chain challenges Leonie Barrie | 2 Apr 13

Social and environmental compliance are the main issues facing today's apparel supply chains, according to industry experts consulted by just-style. The continued shift towards faster and faster fashion cycles, along with pressure on retailers to adapt to an omni-channel experience, are also throwing up challenges when it comes to flexibility in global sourcing.

A Look at disruption in the apparel supply chain Tradecard | 8 Mar 13

A February 6th article in CFO Magazine reported that supply chain disruptions cut about 7% from a firm's share value, based on a recent study. The report, developed by the World Economic Forum and Accenture, is based on analysis of 62 supply chain disruptions from 2005 through 2011.

US: Tradecard AppXpress paves the way for mobile apps Leonie Barrie | 8 Feb 13

Collaboration and trade platform TradeCard Inc is making its AppXpress module available to retailers and brands, paving the way for them to build custom supply chain solutions.

Outlook 2013: Other issues to watch Leonie Barrie | 4 Feb 13

Generally, 2013 is seen as being another challenging year for the apparel industry – although there is cautious optimism for an improved business environment. Issues such as compliance, sustainability and product safety are likely to come to the fore, and keep a close eye on trade talks to expand duty-free opportunities such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Outlook 2013: Apparel industry opportunities Leonie Barrie | 4 Feb 13

Opportunities the apparel industry should focus on this year include developing strategic relationships to improve flexibility across the supply chain; a focus on adding value through design, innovation and branding to protect margins; and the use of technology to integrate the multichannel experience.

Outlook 2013: Lessons that should have been learnt Leonie Barrie | 4 Feb 13

What should apparel firms have learnt from the upheaval of the past couple of years - and what should they be doing now if they want to remain competitive into the future? They need to remain nimble enough to respond to changing buying patterns, develop strong partnerships across the supply chain, and focus on a sourcing portfolio that balances costs and risks.

Outlook 2013: Apparel industry challenges Leonie Barrie | 4 Feb 13

Uncertainty is perhaps the biggest challenge facing the apparel industry in 2013. The economic situation in Europe and the US, a combination of rising production costs and flat prices, the pressure to improve working conditions, a lack of new production centres and low volume growth in fashion all add up to a worrying year.

NRF 2013: Technology to connect the retail experience Leonie Barrie | 17 Jan 13

Having spent much of the past 12 to 18 months developing offerings for both customers and staff across multiple touch points, the next challenge facing fashion brands and retailers is to connect the multi-channel dots as stores, desktop and mobile channels merge.

US: Coach selects Tradecard for supply chain collaboration Leonie Barrie | 14 Jan 13

Luxury handbags, footwear and accessories provider Coach has selected the TradeCard supply chain collaboration and trade platform to help streamline transactions and improve supplier relationships.

just-style's most read stories this week... Katie Smith | 11 Jan 13

The most read stories on just-style this week include Luen Thai acquiring Ocean Sky's apparel operations, Russell Brands cutting 190 jobs, and Fast Retailing revealing it will eliminate hazardous chemicals from its global supply chain by 2020.

US: TradeCard and GT Nexus to merge global networks Leonie Barrie | 7 Jan 13

TradeCard is to merge with logistics and transportation specialist GT Nexus in a deal set to create the world's biggest cloud-based business network for global trade and supply chain management.

US: TradeCard launches supplier focused solution Petah Marian | 12 Dec 12

Supply chain collaboration and trade platform TradeCard has launched a new cloud-based tool to help suppliers manage their customers, factories and capital.

US: Guess deploys Tradecard platform in Europe Leonie Barrie | 7 Dec 12

Fashion brand and retailer Guess Inc has extended its use of the TradeCard cloud-based trade platform into Europe to help standardise its global supply chain.

IAF Convention 2012: Getting smarter across the supply chain Leonie Barrie | 27 Sep 12

Instead of focusing on product costs as a way of offsetting the pressures faced in both retail and sourcing markets, the apparel supply chain should look instead at optimising processes, boosting collaboration and generally getting smarter, industry executives believe.

IAF Convention 2012: Where next for sourcing? Leonie Barrie | 26 Sep 12

The likelihood of a resurgence in near-sourcing is "certainly possible" as the apparel industry starts to think more holistically about its supply chain, delegates at this year's IAF World Apparel Convention were told today (26 September).

IAF Convention 2012: Is fast fashion sustainable? Leonie Barrie | 26 Sep 12

The rise of the fast fashion retail model that keeps consumer interest by feeding through fresh merchandise more frequently is out of kilter with the industry's increasing focus on sustainability issues, according to speakers at this year's IAF World Apparel Convention.

Speaking with style: Harry van Dalfsen, president, IAF Leonie Barrie | 6 Sep 12

The theme of change resonates loudly with Harry van Dalfsen, who took on the role of president of the International Apparel Federation (IAF) two years ago at the height of the global economic crisis. Not surprisingly, ‘Fashion business in a changing environment’ is also the focus of the upcoming IAF World Apparel Convention, which takes place later this month.

US: TradeCard readies West coast office Richard Woodard | 23 Aug 12

Supply chain trade platform provider TradeCard is set to open its West coast hub in San Francisco on 23 September, with 30 employees to join the new office by the end of 2012.

US: Perry Ellis expands TradeCard involvement Richard Woodard | 15 Aug 12

Apparel business Perry Ellis International has extended its use of supply chain solutions offered by TradeCard in two categories.

US: Cutter & Buck extends procure-to-pay automation Leonie Barrie | 27 Jul 12

Golf apparel firm Cutter & Buck has extended its subscription to the TradeCard cloud-based supply chain collaboration and global trade platform to continue to connect with trading partners electronically and obtain visibility into the movement of payments and products.

PORTUGAL: Speakers unveiled for IAF supply chain session Katie Smith | 24 May 12

Top executives from Escada, TAL and Yesim Tekstil are among speakers lined up for the supply chain session at the International Apparel Federation's (IAF) World Apparel Convention later this year.

just-style management briefing: What else is on the software agenda this year? Leonie Barrie | 1 May 12

Faced with a significantly more challenging and competitive market, what else is likely to be topping brand and retail supply networks this year? Firms would be wise to watch ways of maximising investments, doing more with less, true collaboration, accurate material forecasting and planning, and 'cloud' technologies, the experts say.

just-style management briefing: The future focus for apparel supply chain software Leonie Barrie | 1 May 12

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 tools that better integrate all data between supply chain partners and offer end-to-end visibility.



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