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just-style management briefing: How software can help tackle key industry issues Leonie Barrie | 1 May 12

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.

just-style management briefing: Apparel supply chain challenges in 2012 Leonie Barrie | 1 May 12

After the turmoil of 2011, the biggest challenges facing the global apparel supply chain in 2012 continue to include rising costs, political and economic uncertainty in both consumer and sourcing markets, the changing role of China, increased competition at retail, pressure to integrate supply chains and the shift towards faster fashion cycles. Against such a background, the ability to quickly adapt to changing conditions and pressures will separate the winners from the losers.

US: TradeCard appoints Feeney as CEO Katie Smith | 4 Apr 12

Supply chain platform TradeCard has appointed Sean Feeney as CEO to "optimise business growth opportunities".

US: TradeCard partners with Technia Katie Smith | 30 Mar 12

Supply chain collaboration platform TradeCard yesterday (29 March) announced a partnership with PLM supplier Technia to extend its trade platform in Europe.

NETHERLANDS: Ms Mode deploys global trade platform Petah Marian | 8 Mar 12

Netherlands-based women's wear retailer Ms Mode has deployed TradeCard's collaboration and trade platform to help eliminate costs and improve efficiencies in its global supply chain.

just-style management briefing: Other issues to watch in the year ahead Leonie Barrie | 2 Feb 12

Generally, 2012 is seen as being another challenging business year for the apparel industry. Uncertainties include the performance of the global economy, the European debt crisis, US consumer sentiment, and producer price inflation. Being able to react quickly to sourcing challenges, get more efficient in production, and reduce cycle times will help firms react to these volatile markets.

just-style management briefing: Lessons learnt from the past for the future Leonie Barrie | 2 Feb 12

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? Buyers and manufacturers need to build a deeper, long-term relationship our respondents said, as well as focusing on a sourcing portfolio that balances costs and risks.

just-style management briefing: Opportunities for the apparel industry in 2012 Leonie Barrie | 2 Feb 12

Opportunities the apparel industry can look forward to this year include speed to market, which favours sourcing in the western hemisphere; growth in the number and spending power of middle-lass consumers in emerging markets like China and India; and the use of technology and the internet to make sourcing a truly global activity.

just-style management briefing: Apparel industry challenges in 2012 Leonie Barrie | 2 Feb 12

Uncertainty is perhaps the biggest challenge facing the apparel industry in 2012. The economic situation in Europe and the US, swings in commodity prices, labour shortages and rising costs, especially in China, all add up to a worrying year.

US: Tradecard network grew by 36% in 2011 Leonie Barrie | 19 Jan 12

TradeCard's global network of 10,000 retailers, brands, manufacturers and service providers grew by 36% in 2011, the company revealed this week, as its trading partners continued to embrace the cloud-based platform for end-to-end supply chain visibility.

GUATEMALA: Sourcing specialist sells stake to India's Fifth Avenue Leonie Barrie | 14 Nov 11

Supply chain specialist Fifth Avenue Sourcing (India) is set to take a stake in sourcing consultancy RegionaLink LLC, which was set up earlier this year to link US and European apparel firms with factories in Central America and the Dominican Republic.

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: TradeCard expands with VP of sales in Europe Leonie Barrie | 30 Sep 11

TradeCard Inc, the supply chain collaboration platform used by retailers, brands and manufacturers, has hired Frank Bakker as VP of sales for Europe.

US: TradeCard updates supply chain platform | 8 Jun 11

Supply chain software specialist TradeCard has launched the latest version of its supply chain collaboration platform, promising to help process transactions faster, smarter and with better transparency.

New consultancy to help navigate Americas sourcing Ivan Castano Freeman | 6 Jun 11

As US and European apparel firms scramble to move some of their Asian production to Central and South America in a bid to offset rising production prices, help is needed to link them to the growing number of factories courting business from these brands.

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.

Speaking with style: Kurt Cavano, CEO, TradeCard Leonie Barrie | 31 Mar 11

There's plenty of talk about the uphill battle confronting apparel supply chains in the face of cautious consumer spending and the pressure on margins from rising raw material, labour and transportation costs. What's needed are constructive ways to counter these pressures. Kurt Cavano, CEO of the TradeCard supply chain platform, believes technology has a key role to play.

The week ahead on just-style... | 29 Mar 11

Taking a look at the week ahead for the footwear and apparel industry, here is a snapshot of just-style's latest news and insights agenda.

Japan earthquake: apparel industry impact Leonie Barrie | 21 Mar 11

In the wake of the massive earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant explosions which have devastated many areas in the north of Japan, first thoughts are of course with the millions of people caught up in the tragedy. But there is a commercial cost to be considered too - including its possible impact on the apparel industry.

US: TradeCard names Lutz as European MD | 4 Mar 11

Supply chain management firm TradeCard has tapped Esther Lutz as managing director for Europe, to boost business growth.

IAF World Apparel Convention: Quote/unquote – Fashion and the digital supply chain Leonie Barrie | 8 Oct 10

Among the sessions at this week's IAF World Apparel Convention in Hong Kong was a foray into the digital supply chain. Here are some of the comments raised by the panelists.

HONG KONG: International line-up for IAF Convention | 24 Sep 10

The line-up for the 26th IAF World Apparel Convention, which takes place in Hong Kong next month, includes nearly 30 industry experts from around the world who will host discussions on the event's central theme of 'How retailer brands, internet and green manufacturing are transforming fashion business.'

US: Ex-KSA exec Bob Copeland joins TradeCard | 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.

10 ways to counter rising raw material and labour costs | 17 Jun 10

Retailers and brands face an uphill battle. Just as the economy begins to show signs of life and retailers prepare to rebuild inventory levels, we're seeing rising production costs. Prices for cotton have doubled in the last year. Lumber prices in May were 79% higher than last year. Concerns about rising costs of raw materials, labour and transportation continue to come up on earnings calls. What can be done about it?

CANADA: Visual 2000 teams with Facenda on US expansion | 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.

US: Tradecard screens transactions against watch lists | 11 Mar 10

Supply chain platform TradeCard is helping its customers monitor their trading partners against international watch lists by scanning each transaction at three different points.

SRI LANKA: TradeCard-MAS deal to speed financial transactions | 20 Aug 09

Sabre Technologies, a subsidiary of garment giant MAS Holdings, and TradeCard Inc of the US, have established a new company called TradeCard Services to offer “financial supply chain automation” tools for apparel and footwear firms in the South Asian region.

US: Apparel network makes sourcing search easier | 17 Aug 09

The American Apparel Producers’ Network (AAPN) is making it easier for retailers and importers to find apparel and fabric suppliers around the world via its new website, which uses the very latest in Web 3.0 technologies.

US: Retailers fail to address supply chain risk – report | 9 Sep 08

Consumer goods companies and retailers are failing to take a proactive approach to risk across their global supply chains, a new study says, relying instead on slow manual processes that offer only limited visibility to fast-changing events.

FRANCE: DBApparel deploys strategic sourcing tool | 11 Jul 08

Lingerie and underwear maker DIM Branded Apparel (DBA) has implemented TradeCard’s SourceView visibility suite to inject flexibility into its supply chain sourcing capabilities and improve collaboration with suppliers.


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